Monday, October 20, 2014

Under the weather

I feel like this today. My head is so heavy on my shoulders I fear it might topple. My body aches. My throat is scratchy like sandpaper. 

Airborne, peppermint tea, olive leaf throat spray and lots of sleep are my best friends right now. How about you? What are your cold remedies?  

Photo from Flowers Magazine.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Little foodies

This happens when you invite six 2nd graders to try a seven-course tasting menu at one of New York's fanciest restaurants.


How to get your kids to eat everything, the French way. (Parenting)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


I have never known how to explain my feelings about animals. Until I read this quote. Pretty much explains with 100 percent accuracy my horrible ambivalence.

I do find baby animals pretty cute. (BBC)

Monday, October 13, 2014

Youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner

At 17, Malala Yousafzai becomes the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner for her work promoting children's rights. Sharing the prize with fellow activist Kailash Satyarthi, 60, of India, Malala pointed out the significance of the occasion.

"One is from Pakistan. One is from India. One believes in Hinduism. One strongly believes in Islam. And it gives a message to people," she said in her acceptance speech. "It gives a message to people of love between Pakistan and India and between different religions... It does not matter what's the color of your skin, what language you speak, what religion you believe in. It is that we should all consider each other as human beings."

Malala has been fighting for a young person's right to an education since she was 11. It started with a blog for the BBC in which she chronicled the Taliban's systematic reign of terror in her childhood home of Mingora, Pakistan. Malala and many other girls risked their lives to attend school.

On October 9, 2012 the Taliban tried to stop her. She was shot in the face on her way home from school. "They thought the bullets would silence us," she said at the UN on her 16th birthday. "But they failed."
Malala's voice is only becoming stronger. Her Nobel Prize is a testament to that.

"Through my story I want to tell other children all around the world, they should stand up for their rights," she said today. "They should not wait for someone else, and their voices are more powerful."

Watch Malala's entire Nobel Prize speech here. (Digg)
Photo by Antonio Olmos for Parade Magazine.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Week in review

President Obama as a historic success, what kids around the world eat for breakfast, and why Jennifer Lawrence says the publication of nude photos of her are "a sex crime." 

Food for thought this weekend. Have a great one! 


Can wanting to believe make us believers? (The Opinionator Blog)

The athlete who made LeBron James possible. (The New York Times)

A big win for same-sex marriage. (The Washington Post)

24 surprising things about parenting in the US. (A Cup of Jo)

Even techies limit their kids' screen time. (NPR)

Millet-seed porridge, mush of plantains and pickled tofu: what kids around the world eat for breakfast. (T Magazine)

Jennifer Lawrence fights back. (Slate)

Nobel Prize-winning columnist Paul Krugman, once one of Obama's most notable critics, is now calling the president a historic success. (Rolling Stone)

Why do we re-elect them? (The Opinion Pages)

Watch these two adorable kids act out the audio of a senior citizen couple arguing about dishes. (Senior Snippets)

Photo by Hannah Whitaker for The New York Times.