And the Fog Lifts

Lately, I've been in a fog. A self-imposed, gloomy state. I had let worry, concern and impatience over this adoption take control. This morning I had a reality check. I say that I know God is in control. I say that I trust Him to care for my child while I can't. I say that I know that he or she is not fatherless, that the most amazing Father they could possibly have is caring for them. I say that I know His timing is what is best, and that He is in control of all things. ...more

Raising Awareness about the Life-Shattering Condition of Obstetric Fistula

If you had asked me a few days ago what an obstetric fistula was, I'd have shrugged my shoulders and told you, "I don't know." Thanks to advances in modern medicine and in obstetric and midwifery care, fistula has been eradicated in North America for over 100 years. Although the condition has been long since forgotten here, there are at least 2 million women in Africa, Asia and the Arab region living with fistula, and some 50,000 to 100,000 new cases develop each year. These estimates are believed to be low. ...more

I first found out about this condition while watching Oprah who was showing portions of the ...more

The Ravages of Naples

Lately, Naples has made the press for the trash piled high to the sky. But just this week, it was the scene of a far more ghastly mess, lurking just below the surface and in the hearts of men. Like Mt. Vesuvius, it unleashed its toxins which had been building up over the last 30 years -- when the Abortion Law 194 gave women in Italy the Right to Choose. ...more

I'll keep my eyes peeled, but, you'll be glad to know that what transpired in Naples has gone to ...more

Women and Love: Two Chicago Stories, Two Personal Sacrifices

Within these first three days of 2008, two very different news stories with common underlying themes came out in my local paper, The New York Times. Both were stories about women from Chicago. One woman, Marion Mahony Griffin, died in 1961 after a long and fascinating (but mostly unaccredited) life as an architect and urban planner. The other woman, Monika Rani, was only 22 years old when she was killed by her father at the end of 2007. What these women have in common is more than just geography. They both made sacrifices for love. ...more

Princess Bubble congratulates Verizon on The Be Strong Program

I just read that Verizon is giving $300,000 over two years to launch a “Be Strong” campaign which is designed to help teenage girls build self-esteem and avoid violent relationships. I think this is wonderful! I am also a fan of the Dove “Real Beauty” campaign. Both projects embrace the message of Princess Bubble, our modern day fairy tale for girls of all ages. ...more

The Jessie Davis Case and Media Coverage of Violence Against Women

Last Thursday while I was at the gym, I had no choice but to watch FoxNews. (It was on a huge flat screen TV approximately four inches from my face, thanks to the way my gym is set up.) Ever the fine source of news, the pundits speculated non-stop about disappearance of Jessie Davis, which led to one of the most exploitative “reports” that I’ve seen in a few months about the murder rate of pregnant women. It seems that outside of medical causes, murder is the #1 cause of death for pregnant women. ...more

I heard the concise definition of sexism at the Ms. Foundation event: Sexism is the belief that ...more