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Sustainability: Invest in Women!

Girls' Globe

In a recent blog post, Jill Sheffield, the president of Women Deliver, highlights the importance of women and sustainability in development. Empowering  women and girls through sustainable development initiatives is essential to creating long lasting change for their overall health and well-being. Reproductive health and economic empowerment are two sectors that are closely linked and should be considered when discussing the issue of women and sustainability.

Healthier, better educated women are more productive economically, and are critical to ensuring healthy children, strong families and communities, and productive nations.

Currently there are two hundred and twenty-two million women who lack access to contraceptives and family planning services. Studies posit that investing in reproductive health will reduce the amount of monetary investment needed in maternal health by five billion dollars.  In 2001, USAID estimated that over fifteen billion dollars is lost in economic productivity due to maternal health issues with…

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50 Shades of…Awful?

So it’s not just me then? When I starting watching the “Twilight” movies as one by one they drifted onto TV channels, it took about 20 minutes of trying to watch the first one before I threw in the towel, jumped up off the couch, and shouted:

“That’s it! I can’t take it anymore. I’m already so bored I can barely sit here.” I picked up the remote and moved on, pausing for not more than a millisecond to ponder how millions upon millions of teenagers and young adults had found this all riveting enough to tear their hair out over. OMG what boring material. How could someone pen a script so banal that 20 minutes into a movie you just suddenly decide you don’t CARE how it all turns out for these two miserably self conscious and inverted souls?

There. I finally said it out loud. God I feel better.

is this thing on?

I’ve had a couple of suggestions, in response to my scathing review of the “Twilight Saga”, that I read and critique “50 Shades of Grey”. Given that the same request has been made by a handful of people in my social circle, I’m actually starting to wonder if maybe it wouldn’t be such a bad idea.

I’m also starting to wonder if this blog of mine isn’t going to consist primarily of long-winded assaults on the literary world’s best examples of horrible fiction.

So should I give it a shot, leave it alone, or is there another book out there more deserving of a vitriolic critique?



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Absolute Certainty and Infinite Confidence

Spontaneous Ditties

When I was young, I used to fill notebooks with words.

When my mother found my secret stack (under the cupboard, inside a pile of garbage bags) she held them to the sunlight one by one and read each page with wide, disbelieving eyes. I stood there with clenched fists, watching her go through thousands upon thousands of words.

She cut my lunch allowance, which I was laundering to go towards my notebook addiction.

Not to worry: I learned how to use the computer instead. This is how I started typing over 80 words per minute.

Every day I felt this rising urge to achieve complete and utter bliss. I can only describe it as an overwhelming desire to write, and that full confidence that I could. I started out typing short stories copied from books. Lion King was the very first to be transcribed into MS-DOS. Eventually, I started…

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Ancient Ale, Modern Brewer



Topic Ale

Once upon a time in the back garden, I started to do some archaeological grain processing experiments. It was the summer of 1995. I’d just finished an archaeology degree. Now I was enrolled on a master’s degree course at Manchester University and I was beginning my investigations into how people may have made the ale in prehistory.

In my final year as an undergraduate, I had chosen the British Neolithic and Bronze Age as my specialist subject. We were told that, in Bronze Age Britain- Beakers were for Beer! Warriors buried with wristguards and bows and arrows and fine beaker pots for their ale! It got a laugh from the class, as any mention of beer and brewing seems to do.I’m still not sure why – but that was when I first began to wonder. “OK. So, how did they make it?”

Being married to a craft brewer…

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Yvette Drury Dubinsky at Bruno David Gallery



Bring the family to see Yvette Drury Dubinsky’s audacious and colossal installation titled “Aleppo to Damascus” at the Bruno David Gallery. Also on view this month in the New Media Room: Brett Williams’ critical video-sculpture titled “Memory Old and New”.

Yvette Drury Dubinsky’s exhibition titled “There and Gone” is inspired by her intense reaction to the violence and destruction currently happening in Syria and in the Middle East, presented as a mixed media installation with a group of related smaller works. Dubinsky traveled in Lebanon and Syria in late 2009, exploring astonishing archeological treasures and monuments. There and Gone deals with bearing witness to Syria’s war and the human plight therein as well as Dubinsky’s emotions arising as she works from the perspective of her relatively peaceful, parallel existence in the United States. Combining drawings, monoprints, painting, alternative photography, industrial materials and found objects, There and Gone imagines the pain…

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