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February 28, 2014

Jewelry From the Heart: An Interview with Kemi Gadaleta

She stands alone - poised, wearing a classic dress, a floral shirt, and bronze earrings - on a New York street corner. She has that kind of sincere look in her eyes that cannot be faked. If you talk to her, you will almost always leave feeling happier. Her favorite quote is from a Red Hot Chili Pepper's song, "I'll make it to the moon if I have to crawl." Kemi Gadaleta is a jewelry…
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February 26, 2014

10 Most Uplifting Songs of 2013

Recently, I came across this amazing video chronicling the top hit songs of 2013 (you have to watch it): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJMapA8WgYw It got me thinking about the songs that came out this year and all the memories I've made. Uplifting songs are a great thing to turn to when you've had a bad day. So in case you are having a bad day, and even if you're not, here's a list of the most uplifting songs of 2013.…
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February 25, 2014

We’re Not Gonna Sit in Silence

Sometimes a song comes a long and the lyrics are just perfect. This is one of those songs. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbkOZTSvrHs "You're The Voice" We have the chance to turn the pages over We can write what we want to write We gotta make ends meet, before we get much older We're all someone's daughter We're all someone's son How long can we look at each other Down the barrel of a gun? You're the voice, try…
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February 25, 2014

Girls on a Beach

The day was January 1, 2014. New beginnings. Three friends sat on the beach, reflecting on last year and bringing in the possibility of the coming year. "2014 is going to be a great, great year," they said. And it was.
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February 20, 2014

Call for Participants: Endo Can’t Take My Happy Project

This March, women all over the world will come together for the Million Women March for Endometriosis in Washington, DC and in cities around the globe. While I am disappointed that I cannot attend, I can't tell you how happy I am that this march is happening! Endometriosis is a disease that is near and dear to my heart. I was diagnosed (formally) in 2011 and underwent laparoscopic surgery to have the adhesions removed. Since…
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February 14, 2014

6 Things You Didn’t Know About “My Fair Lady”

My Fair Lady was hands down my favorite musical as a child. I would prance around like I was THE Eliza Doolittle. The movie, which cost $17 million in 1964, was a soaring success, so it's easy to see why it continues to be well-loved. But there are things you might not know about the film, things I didn't even know until recently, and they will blow your mind. 1. Hepburn Was Snubbed at the…
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February 6, 2014

My Appreciation List

My parents always taught me to appreciate the things I had. Growing up in East Africa, there were many around us who were extremely poor. There were people who were literally starving to death, or people dying of AIDs. Children who were begging for change on the street and families living in shanty towns. "There's always someone who has it worse than you do," my mother used to say. And that is something I never…
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February 5, 2014

Endo Eats: What to Eat When Endometriosis Strikes

It's no secret. Endometriosis sucks. But it is a part of my life and something I must tackle and deal with head-on. I remember the first time my doctor told me I had to change my diet: "no sugars, no processed foods, no caffeine, no wheat, no alcohol," she said. She might as well have said "no life." What was I supposed to eat then? A slice of lettuce with a drizzle of olive oil?…
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February 4, 2014

Her: A Collaborative Poem

A few weeks ago I asked for your help in writing a collaborative poem. Thank you to all that participated. We have a finished poem!   Her: A Collaborative Poem She is strong. She is infinite love. She likes to watch The Big Lebowski And drink vegan white russians. As the rain falls. At dawn she sits on her patio, And listens to the engines run downtown, And the soft hum of people on their…
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February 3, 2014

How am I going to be an Optimist about this?

I have a problem. I am an eternal optimist. Many would say that's not exactly a problem, but it is when you are trying the wrestle with the problems that plague our Earth. Floods, bombs, poverty, rape, exploitation, war... "How am I gonna be an optimist about this?" From my little square of the world, how can I help? Two weeks ago my husband asked why I only write about positive things on my blog. "You…
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