Why I Can’t Recommend Adopting Internationally

I adopted my two children from Ethiopia four years ago. Since then, I have developed a network of friends who have adopted internationally, and they have been invaluable as resources and sounding boards. Read More Why I Can’t Recommend Adopting Internationally

News in Africa: 1/31/2013 (The Article Where I Talk a Lot About Women)

African women have been in the news a lot lately, whether it be women succeeding in various fields or a call for better education and protections for women. It seems only fitting to focus on these various stories for this week’s article. More details after the jump. Read More News in Africa: 1/31/2013 (The Article Where I Talk a Lot About Women)

News in Africa: 01/24/2013

Happy Thursday, fellow Persephoneers, and this means another round of news from Africa! After the jump, I’ve got updates on the conflict in Mali, AU decisions, and women’s rights. I’ve also discovered an enterprising entrepreneur, and of course, there is a bit about the Africa Cup of Nations. Let’s jump right in! Read More News in Africa: 01/24/2013

News in Africa: 10/18/12

News from Africa for the past week is a bit of a mixed bag. Highlights include a change in imperialistic attitudes from Europe toward Africa and a woman being elected to a prestigious office for the first time. Lowlights include a war criminal and unstable governments. More details after the jump. Read More News in Africa: 10/18/12

News Appetizers: This is a TwatWaffle-Free Zone

Kittens, welcome the hell back. This week, I’m pretty sure that the world is actively trying to piss me off, or maybe its just the collection of pissed off that has just come to a point, but let’s just say I need the world to just get it together. Read More News Appetizers: This is a TwatWaffle-Free Zone

The Queen of Sheba

We’re all somewhat familiar with the story of the Queen of Sheba: of how she, a very clever and wise woman in her own right, made a visit to the kingdom of Israel because she wanted to see for herself if the stories about the cleverness and wisdom of its king were true. But what has been depicted in popular culture until quite recently contradicts what history tells us about the Queen. In many paintings and movies inspired by the story, the Queen is portrayed as a Caucasian woman. Given that it has been determined that the Queen’s realm was located in what is now Ethiopia and Yemen, such depictions are extremely inaccurate.

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Science News Finds: Eating Edition

Today is all about food, from the interplay between culture and ecology to the food choices we humans make. I found three great articles this week that talk about all aspects of food and infuse a lot of science along the way. So pull up a chair and let’s (heh heh) dig in. Read More Science News Finds: Eating Edition