Good Eats, Movie Review, & My Sad Hoodie Story

This week I’m trying something different: a non-injury-induced video blog. (If you get this by email or RSS, you may have to click through to the site to see it). Feedback appreciated! *One clarification: While Boat People SOS is founded by Nguyen Dinh Thang, who is working on the Aramark case in Jordan, I think … Continue reading

Samizdat: Underground Resistance Made Public

Samizdat means “self-published.” A Russian term, it refers to any underground publication banned during Communist rule in the USSR and Soviet bloc. It includes essays, books, art, poems – whether original or copied, it was all illegal. Yesterday I attended the opening of Samizdat: The Czech Art of Resistance 1968-1989 at the Embassy of the … Continue reading

How to Get the World to Care About You in 1 Easy Step

Well, I’m back. I thought about waiting until after this Kony 2012 fiasco fizzled out, but instead I find myself with so many thoughts about it that I – forgive me world – feel obligated to toss my own $.02 into the fountain of cynical banter. In case you haven’t seen it yet (and with … Continue reading

The Myth of the Missing

My high school Spanish teacher first sparked my interest in human rights when she showed us two films during senior year: The Mission and Missing. Both discuss atrocities in South America. The Mission portrays the massacre of a South American native tribe, and Missing shows the fallout when family members investigate the enforced disappearance of … Continue reading

Good News Friday

The Whistleblower I first read about the UN’s connection to human trafficking a year ago, and it completely freaked me out. I never wrote on it because I couldn’t find many reliable sources, and the whole topic seemed too huge and disturbing for little ole me. Fortunately, the coverup has garnered recent attention, in no … Continue reading

Good News Friday!

This week, good news comes from people whose names start with J. Thanks for these great recommendations, Jess, James and Justin. People whose names start with J are the very, very best. They also share in common a multimedia theme, proving that J’s are technologically savvy and forward thinking. I love J’s. How to Help … Continue reading

Good News Friday

My good news is that, while the rest of the country is sweltering, I’m in the one cool state. I’m actually kind of freezing right now. This weekend we’re hoping to see Glacier National Park, which has about seven feet of snow, according to our very pregnant relative who went sledding up there (because that’s … Continue reading

Good News Friday

As of last night, the Mavericks are one game away from winning the NBA title and defeating that pesky James/Wade duo in Miami. If THAT isn’t enough good news, here’s some more: Hollywood Unites for Iranian Filmmakers Iranian artists have it tough. They are certainly at extremely high risk for wrongful imprisonment or becoming prisoners … Continue reading

Ferngully Hippies and Banana Refugees

When I was little, my mom took me to see Ferngully: The Last Rainforest. I hated it. It was an agenda-pushing, liberal hippie love-fest. I didn’t know any of those words then, but that’s about how I felt. And being in the South at the time, those were not good words. Some hippie rehearsing “Give … Continue reading

Thoroughly Modern Millie and the Marginalized

In the hit musical comedy Thoroughly Modern Millie, the villain Mrs. Meers plays an ex-actress who works for a white slavery ring based in Hong Kong. She kidnaps pretty American girls and ships them to the Orient, using the help of her easily manipulated Chinese sidekicks, Ching Ho and Bun Foo. The Mrs. Meers subplot … Continue reading

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