How to Get Rid of Default Yellow Emoji

Earlier this week, a friend pointed out that the latest Emoji update included darker skin tones. Sure enough, when you hold down some of the yellow faces or hands, a menu bar of a range of shades of brown-black pops up. The group icons, however, are still only in the yellow option. We debated whether […]

How to Get Rid of Political Dynasties

Before typing the title for this blog post, I had not noticed that the word dynasty has the word “nasty” in it. Don’t get me wrong. I was excited and warmed by the Hillary for America video in which Ms. Clinton announced her intention to run for office. Ah, America, the bastion of liberal democracy, […]

How to Create Momentum that Gets Noticed

April is a busy time of month in the university calendar. In the North American system, there are four weeks left in the year. Seniors are desperate to graduate. Faculty want to post grades to hit the road. In the middle of all this is a deluge of events that will have you saying hi […]

Stuffed Peppers for Sunday Supper

Easy, fresh, homemade meals taste even better when they’re assembled with whatever you already have in the fridge. (I avoid the grocery store as much as possible because of the never ending feeling of déjà vu). Stuffed peppers are one of the best ways to express your flavor profile because you can put in anything […]

Reasons Never to Leave Your Kid with Dad

These movie c lips raise interesting questions about the media’s attitude towards fatherhood. Moms can’t work too much, because who’s left to take care of the kids? The dangerous alternative these commercials and films warn against? Dad. I love how Policy Mic takes to task the idea that Dads can’t be trusted around their children. […]

Reasons You Didn’t Get Justice

We love documentaries in our house, and  on a rare night home, after much debate, settled in to watch Capturing the Friedmans. The film left me sick to my stomach on many levels. First, the subject matter: a father and son brought up on multiple counts of child sex abuse. Second, the evident tampering with […]

Eggplant Cannelloni for #sundaysupper

I love eggplant. Slicing it up to serve as an alternative to pasta is an excellent way to add variety to your cannelloni. Stuff with anything: these are full of goat cheese and spices. Add your own flavors – gluten free – for a healthy, filling one dish meal.

Dreams of a Gulf Migrant: Sincerely Bahadur

I’m writing a novel set in the migrant camps of the Arabian Gulf. This short film by teenagers in Qatar images the difficulties of many laborers. Viewing and liking it will help them in their competition.

How Turbulence Can Inspire Your Perspective

I was flying home a few nights ago when the plane shuddered. We were sailing through the darkest of skies in the middle of the night, 30,000 feet up, somewhere above the Atlantic ocean and the ding! that announces the fasten seat belt sign came on. For the next several minutes we shook our way […]

Strawberry Cheesecake Muffins for Sunday Sweets

A friend’s birthday gave me the excuse to expand my baking skills. She loves cheesecake and strawberries. Both flavors come together deliciously in these easy to bake Strawberry Cheesecake muffins. The cream cheese keeps them from being too sweet. I was worried about overflow, and scooped about 1/3 into each cup. Next time I make […]

Essential Steps to Selling Books

I had an a blast in Kuwait last week with PLUMA, a writers group focused on exploring the migrant experience in the Arabian Gulf. I read a scene from The Dohmestics that was quite hard going: an almost rape scene in which those at the bottom of the pyramid compete against themselves. I’ve read from […]

Sandwiches for Sunday Supper

Egg and avocado toasted multi-grain sandwich: gross or yummy? If you’ve been in my kitchen lately, yummy! Toasted bread with any filling is a nourishing treat. My other experiment was a spread made from tuna and pureed turnips. That’s right, turnips are a healthy, less starchy substitute for potatoes. What do you like in your […]

A Complete Guide to Preventing Rape

Several high profile rape cases in the United States and India have increased our willingness to talk about violence against women. Much of the discussion has involved head scratching and puzzlement. What can we do? Why do men think they can behave this way? Do our laws protect the injured? Violence against women is a […]

What to Do with Rejection

I’m so proud of our interior designer turned gender studies undergrad researcher! A photo posted by Mo Phongsavan (@moha_doha) on Mar 9, 2015 at 6:37am PDT You know me: I have ideas. Lots of ideas.  There’s always something I am willing or wanting to try, from ideas for books to research projects, to teaching techniques, […]

Chapatis for Sunday Supper

Chapatis, also known as rotis, are the South Asian version of the tortilla. I grew up eating them for breakfast, or with potatoes for a snack on the weekend. In Qatar, people drink karak (what I know as chai) and eat cheese stuff chapatis (which I found strange and delicious). You can make this with […]

Using Humor to Defeat ISIS

This is the 3rd week of Lent which means Easter is around the corner. I vowed to speak out against injustice instead of giving up something this year. The group calling itself the Islamic State, beheads civilians, indiscriminate of nationality, and also presents a false image of Islam. Humor can also combat darkness. I wasn’t […]

3 Errors in 3 Classics

I’m in the middle of the semi-final revision (I hope) for my next novel. Grammar is a hound that never resets. And in some cases, may be a matter of opinion. Rules, as they say, are often meant to be broken. For example, here are three errors identified by Grammarly, in well known tales. Which […]

Sunday Supper: Spicy Salmon with Feta Beet Salad

There are so many ways to eat fish, once you get your favorite technique down, the flavors are entirely up to you. I find wrapping a fillet in tinfoil and baking at a high temperature is my favorite. Garlic, ginger, lime zest, salt, pepper and lemon juice to taste was the perfect combo for this […]

How to Pick Yourself Up in 1 Easy Step

I was down on the world the other day when a friend sent me this link to a panorama of the world. The sites and sights they capture are amazing. And when I realized I had been to half of these beautiful places, like the Maldives, the Great Wall of China, or Petra, Jordan, my […]

How to Use Your Hair to Stand Out

Ask any woman, or metrosexual, and s/he will tell you hair is a like a cathedral’s spire. One of my childhood friends agrees and would add that spires come in all types of textures. GoodHair will be the first, national hair salon chain specializing in care and styling for women with textured (i.e., kinky, coily, […]