Let's be real: Women are the most effective solution for combating hunger

Women form the backbone of the agricultural sector in many countries and play a key role in getting food onto the table. In honour of International Women's Day, this video pays tribute to the women who are the key to ending world hunger.If you haven't already, send a message of solidarity: wfp.org/women...more

Why I support a Millon Women Rise

On Saturday, in London, it is the Million Women Rise March and on Monday, it is International Women’s Day. Today I was enraged to hear about yet another woman who was murdered by her male partner.  Today this post is about a cause that I am passionate about – ending violence against women and I hope to return to the subject in the upcoming weeks and months.  The post below is a slightly edited version of a post I wrote in November about why this cause is so important to me. ...more

She Works Hard for the Money

Every time I tell someone what I do for a living, I get the same reaction: ‘You have the greatest job’, they tell me. ‘Um, it is a lot of hard work. But I guess it is OK.’ I reply....more

Shocking First Step

Today I called up to the Vespa dealership in Holland, Michigan where I bought my scooter.  My hope was to meet with Stew who sold my scooter to me to see if they could support me in finding the unique gear I will need to make this journey.  Turns out Stew was gone and hadn't been replaced.  I had just spoken with him four days earlier.  I was put on the phone with the general manager who reluctantly explained that a decision had come down from on high to close the Vespa department.  ...more

Backstory

For those of you who don't know the backstory, in 1999 I was in the ICU for two months. I had necrotizing fasciitis as the result of a surgical procedure to remove an ectopic pregnancy. Surgeons performed daily debridements to remove dead flesh from my abdomen. They did this for three weeks until the 30 muscles of my abdomen were entirely removed. During this time I was in a medically induced coma because the infection was so severe that the medical team believed (not sure what the following part of the sentence means - something is missing) they needed all my bodies every to fight it....more

Mumsnet and Political Ads: U.K. Politicians Court Mommy Bloggers

The U.K.-based site, Mumsnet, is hosting what could shape up to be the Gladiator of all online political advertising battles: The quest for the mom blogger vote. From Advertising Age magazine:...more

Skinny French women

Mireille Guiliano's best seller French Women Don't Get Fat hit a raw (and plump) American nerve. Lucky French women! What's their secret?...more

Exchange Rate Roulette

Living and working in a foreign country is an amazing and thrilling thing, but it does not come without its headaches. For many British expats who are living in Europe for the benefit of constant sunshine and ripe fruit, this is not news to them – their incomes are at the mercy of continually shifting exchange rates. This week the European currency took a hit because of the global recession and the international market’s recognition that lots of debt is not a good thing: the nation of Greece is in a bad way. So what’s the big deal?...more

Need an answered prayer?

JMJ Do you have a prayer request? A special need?  Well, I spent all night placing a live webcam to Lourdes, France on my website, including a little mailbox to their prayer request email.  All kinds of weird computer problems kept cropping up, and I kept offering them up as a prayer, which did help to keep me from being annoyed.  Then... This morning I got an email from a friend who told me that today is OUR LADY OF LOURDES FEAST DAY!  Wow.  I had no idea!  That is just so cool... ...more

Love and Protest in Central London

When I arrived in London that November morning, the 2003 Bush & Blair protest was well underway. I quickly managed to get to my London Bridge hostel and drop off my backpack to join the march, already at Waterloo Bridge. There were tens of thousands of people and they were all chanting and carrying banners and signs. There were several amusing effigies and there was a palpable buzz in the atmosphere. Because I was on my own, I wanted to be sure to find others to march with for safety. I managed to find the Democrats Abroad banner and joined in with them....more