As A White Woman Living In Africa, I Can’t Talk About Race


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I can’t talk about race. I can’t question it, can’t refer to it, and can’t acknowledge it. I can barely go so far as to notice it. I’m a white, middle-class, American woman who can’t speak about what it’s like to be a white, middle-class, American woman. Race isn’t on my list of approved talking points.

I don’t underestimate the weight my words would have against the backdrop of Rodney King, Sally Hemings, Jim Crow, and slave ships. I understand how inappropriate and undeserved a soapbox that would be. But if I could in fact talk about race, I would start the conversation here, in Africa, in Ghana, where I have never been so aware of the color of my skin—welcomed and adored because of it, and yet left feeling small and burdened by the historical implications.

Each morning I wake up, I can be sure that at no point…

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The 30 Best Period Dramas From the Last 30 Years

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In the week following the Downton Abbey premiere, some disappointed killjoys notwithstanding, I probably don’t have to do much to sell you on the idea of watching period dramas. They’re a hobby/comfort food of mine, these only-somewhat-highbrow historical pageants, usually starring British actors and just as often tied to the BBC. Sometimes people ask if I long to be dressed up in fancy corsets and mooning about drawing rooms, if that’s what draws me to them. I don’t think so. I think what attracts me personally is the self-conscious sort of grandeur these things always have, a grandeur which is missing from most of our contemporary depictions of our lives.

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Please, take a look at the Kurdish women and their strength against ISIS

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Reading Kafka by a window on a windy day

4-up on 10-14-14 at 6.35 PM #2 Photo on 10-14-14 at 6.36 PM

I just switched rooms in my house and I get the best one…windows all over the place!

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Dilemmas of a Fair Trade Banana Enthusiast

Originally posted on Small Farmers. Big Change.:

If you’ve been reading the blog last week, you know that I’ve been a bit obsessed with bananas lately.

I think it’s because there’s exciting news and some really troubling dealings – all going on simultaneously in today’s world of bananas. That these actions are occupying the same moment in time has caused me to think a lot about business, politics, marketing and ethics; ultimately, how and where we all draw our lines of what is acceptable and what is possible.

So… first the exciting news.

Equal Exchange is part owner of the first Fair Trade banana company in the United States, Oké USA.

This visionary company was launched in the U.S. by Agrofair (a Dutch company itself co-owned by small farmer co-ops), Equal Exchange, and long-time ally, Red Tomato in 2006. Until recently, it was run by Jonathan Rosenthal, one of Equal Exchange’s original founders. Starting this summer, Oké…

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October in photos


Found these shoes on pinterest. I believe they’re from solesociety…but aren’t they perfect October shoes?! They sort of remind me of a witch costume for Halloween.


Ahh, if only in California there was rain…And possibly time to have some tea and a good book.


Dreaming of Paris next year. Notre Dame, Paris, France.

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Book Review: And The Mountains Echoed


Another Hosseini book this month…I know, I should probably stop! But I will have to since this is his latest book out! However, I found this book to be quite a tear jerker. My conscious messily argued with Hosseini’s choice of plot, but it would not be an amazing novel if it were not for his heartbreaking twists. A collection of a myriad of POVs (point of views), this story was so much unlike The Kite Runner and much more complex than A Thousand Splendid Suns as it also added jumps throughout time. Personally, I did not feel a sense of closure at the end of the story, because I wanted a direct conclusion between Pari and her long-lost brother Abdullah, who had lost his memory due to a mental condition. However, I see where Hosseini goes with this, by creating the character of Pari, Abdullah’s daughter, who vicariously seals the broken relationship between brother and sister through her own dreams. I found it quite interesting that the plot did not focus completely in Afghanistan, shedding light on how to live in another country as an immigrant by replacing your identity with a completely new one. Also, I found the multiple stories to be quite entertaining. It is bewitching how all of these individual stories intertwine together…Hosseini articulates this network of vignettes to show how ultimately all of our lives are interconnected.

Spectacular read.

I am only sorry that I will have to wait a longer time to read his next novel, God-willing!


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September Reads

boooksssSo this month has been pretty productive in terms of crossing out my “Must read list”. I have been checking out books from my school’s library over the past few weeks and really have rediscovered the beauty of reading for enjoyment.

Books finished:

(not pictured) A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini : This book was a beautiful portrait about the struggles of women in Afghanistan. After reading the Kite Runner, I could not resist but try this other Hosseini book…and I was not disappointed. With over 400 pages, it took me only three and a half days to complete…

(not pictured) Book of Romantic Spanish Poems / Collection of Ritmas and Poemas : I returned these two small books the other day, so I don’t have their authors…but I can tell you that reading poetry aloud in another language is just something else. Spanish is so beautiful and the words have a way of rolling off your tongue.

Books working on:

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden (15% done)

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini (I know…another Khaled Hosseini!) (20% done)

Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka  (40% done)

On The Road by Jack Kerouac (0% done)

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (0% done)

Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia by Jean P. Sasson (80% done)

Three Renaissance Classics: The Prince, Utopia, and The Courtier by Machiavelli and Castiglione (50% done)

Can’t wait to update you on my reviews and for my October collection!

Any book recommendations would be greatly appreciated!


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The 50 Books Everyone Needs to Read, 1963-2013

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The thing about reading is this: it takes a long time. There are innumerable books in the world, and many more good ones than can be read by any mortal in a lifetime. It’s hard to choose — especially if you’re a slow reader. So, to go along with the list of the best albums from 1963-2013, here you will find a single must-read book from each of the last 50 years. Of course, this is by its very nature an absurd undertaking, and many books have gotten the short end of the stick — there’s no other way to do it. The choices here are influenced by the following: the stipulation that any specific author should not be chosen for more than one year, a general focus on fiction over other genres, and the tastes/whims/glaring prejudices of Flavorwire’s literary editor. Feel free to argue in the comments, but…

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32 People Reveal The One Book That Blew Their Minds


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There are probably a handful of books out there that have changed the way you see everything — fiction and non-fiction. Some of them you read in high school or earlier, and others you discovered or rediscovered in your adult life. I went to AskReddit to learn what books have changed people’s lives. Consider this your Spring reading list.

1. One full of intellectual surprises

Thinking Fast and slow by Daniel Kahneman

2. Being intelligent is so hard

Flowers for Algernon absolutely hit me hard.

It really made me think about intelligence and knowledge as a blessing and a curse. The whole “ignorance is bliss” versus “once you see, you cannot un-see” concept really made me think about knowledge in a whole new light.

Also, it completely twisted my brain with the internal debate of whether romance is based more on personality match or intelligence match.

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