Thank Goodness we're not living in Africa

Yeah- when I was a kid we had to feel sorry for the kids in Africa who were starving.  Then, it was female circumcision (please don't get me started on that one), then there's the AIDS thing (some people there believe the only way to get rid of the disease is to "give" it to a child) and now this.  My poor husband, I didn't mean to snap at him.   ...more

ICC warrants + Sudan's president = toxic cocktail

A protest against the ICC and in support of Sudan's president in Khartoum, March 4, 2009. Photo/REUTERS ...more

"My Little Red Book:" No More Stigma Around Periods!

One of my favorite aspects of writing about feminism and gender for BlogHer is the ability to speak with incredibly cool women. I interviewed activist Calpernia Addams, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards, and now, Rachel Kauder Nalebuff, the editor of My Little Red Book. Last year, I read a hilarious story about how one blogger learned how to use tampons. (Sadly, it is no longer posted.) As I laughed, cringed, and celebrated the author's ultimate triumph (she got the tampon in and won the gymnastic competition! yay!), I thought how great it would be if there was a collection of these types of stories. My Little Red Book fills that important hole, so to speak. ...more

There's also Period Pieces, a more

International Women's Day

On International Women’s Day, women around the world join together in ...more

Looking For a Malaria Rapid Diagnostic Test Kit

In Africa 30% of under-5 children die of fever which is a symptom shared by malaria and pneumonia (or acute respiratory tract infections, ARI). Most often fever is treated at home with anti-malaria because ever case of fever is assumed to be due to malaria. But this is not always the case. It is important to be able to distinguish between ...more

Good news out of Darfur

You may still be grappling at the title of my post but read on. One of the most active rebel groups fighting in Darfur and the government in Khartoum have agreed to sign a so-called "declaration of good intentions" which could further lead to a possible peace deal in the region. What does it mean? ...more

It's V-Day Until The Violence Stops

Playwright and activist, Eve Ensler, has transformed her play The Vagina Monologues and Valentine's Day into tools to raise awareness and funds to help end violence against women around the globe. ...more

is how many women I run into who are turned off by Eve's efforts.

Now I'm the Trix ...more

I just ordered these books on International Adoption

I just bought a book called "From Ashes to Africa". Written by a couple who recently adopted a little boy from Ethiopia, it's a story about infertility and how the couple turned towards adoption. Their blog is at I will be writing a review once I've read the whole thing. You can read an excerpt and it looks like a great read. ...more

Tight Times at Home? It Could Be So Much Worse.

In this time of tightening budgets, many people are looking to save money, not spend it– and only on the things that are truly necessary. It should be no surprise that charities and other non-profit organizations are feeling the financial crisis as well. Ironically, these are the times when they need support the most. More people need help, and there is less money to help them with. ...more

It's a Haarskeerder

OK! I've found the identity of our nocturnal monster insect.  Its a sulpugid of the order solifugae - more commonly known as "haarskeerder" or "jag spinnekop".  Its not a spider, but it is an arachnid - which essentially means "it has eight legs".  Scorpions and spiders also belong to this class. ...more