Social Issues (18)

Exploring Sámi Culture *Video*

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

One of the advantages of visiting Lapland was the opportunity to explore a new culture: The Sámi.

The Sámi people are the indigenous people inhabiting the Arctic area, a swath of land about the total size of Sweden, encompassing the …

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Belfast’s Peace Walls *Video* & Photo Essay

Saturday, August 11th, 2012

I was super interested to travel to Belfast. It’s amazing what a different feel the city has, or Northern Ireland for that matter, from the Republic of Ireland. While most tourists are interested in visiting Belfast’s new Titanic Museum, I …

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Tibetan Refugee Crisis

Monday, May 21st, 2012

Tibet’s refugee crisis was created when China annexed the sovereign nation of Tibet in 1950. Religious and cultural persecution of the indigenous Tibetan population followed Chinese occupation. As a result, tens of thousands of refugees have fled to the neighboring …

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Muay Thai = Child Brutality

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

At first I wasn’t going to go. I was equating Muay Thai, Thailand’s version of all-contact kick-boxing, with bull fighting. But then I rationalized that the fighters didn’t die in the end (like the bull) and it was their choice …

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India’s “Third Sex”

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

India is one of the only countries (the only?) to official recognize a “third sex.” Traditionally the term Hijra, originating in South India, is used by a person usually born male or intersex, but who uses the female pronoun and …

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SlutWalking in South Africa

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

slutwalk cape town 1

South African is a crime-ridden society. The murder rate in the country is 52 per 100,000 – that’s 8 times higher than in the United States. And the country leads the world in rape against women.

  • 1,300 women are raped

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Recommended Travel Reads

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

Tropic of Capricorn Sign

Not only do I love to travel, I love to read about travel. Good travel writing is escapism at its finest – whether at home or on the road. I especially like to read about a place while I’m in …

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Call me “Moth” – A Woman Who Made a Name for Herself

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Moth  in her elementMarch 31, 2010 — Naples, FL

I’ve known at least 3 women who’ve changed their names later in life: my mom Sam, my friend Alex, and a former colleague Anita.

I wholeheartedly support naming one’s self – nothing could be …

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