A Lesson of Consequences: A Child’s Story

Sixth grade in my school system is the first year of of Intermediate School. For me, it was the year I got my period, but that is not this story. My history class did a unit on the Holocaust. I had one of those special teachers you get every once in awhile who goes the extra mile to make the lessons special. Was it history? I think it maybe was an English class that lasted two class periods. Not that it matters.Continue reading “A Lesson of Consequences: A Child’s Story”

A Short Food Basis Review

This summer I signed up for a CSA at Bluestockings (called Foodstockings!), but it doesn’t start until June (right when I’m in Guatemala). Since I had a couple of weeks to wait, I decided to try out Food Basis. A good friend of mine had told me about them a few times. The goal is get good, traceable food from small to mid-sized farmers to the table at prices that are competitive with the grocery store. Continue reading “A Short Food Basis Review”

Protecting Women’s Health Globally

I just received an email from the International Women’s Health Coalition. Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) have introduced legislation to permanently end the Global Gag Rule. Continue reading “Protecting Women’s Health Globally”

First Time with Fresh Pasta

Now, I should probably have looked up something about cooking fresh pasta. But who needs directions? Especially when you will eat anything (well, anything vegetarian). My meal was really good, but apparently you are still supposed to boil the pasta, even though it is fresh. I think my method is better, at least until I try the other method. Either way, the results speak for themselves:

Oh, that is some good pasta.Continue reading “First Time with Fresh Pasta”

HDI and GDI: What is Human?

Measuring development is difficult (it’s complicated, as my Comparative Development class likes to say). There are so many moving parts and ways to view and define development, that any one measurement or set of measurements is sure to miss the whole story. But measure things we do, in order to track progress, compare countries, and focus our efforts. The UNDP for the past twenty years has released the Human Development Index (HDI), which should give an evolving yet comprehensive look at development. The HDI value, however, cannot be an accurate indicator of development. Why? Because the Gender-related Development Index (GDI) exists.Continue reading “HDI and GDI: What is Human?”

i don’t deserve magic powers

If I were a magical person (by Harry Potter standards), I would use my powers to accomplish the mundane tasks in my life. I realized this while doing laundry today. Houses would be cleaned, rooms kept tidy, laundry done, etc., without me having to put my brain and my time to work. I could accomplish the more important things in my life: research, blog posts, twitter comments, hanging out with my cat, becoming fluent in Spanish, editing my documentary project, without household tasks being left undone.Continue reading “i don’t deserve magic powers”

dear grilled halloumi, thank you

last night, after a day of not being in the sun (yay, documentary project), i arrive home incredibly hungry. i was able to get to the farmer’s market in union square (ramps are in, in case anyone wants to know). i bought white onions, garlic, oyster mushrooms, dinosaur kale, and halloumi!

i’ve walked by the goat cheese stand so many times (right now, i am wishing that i could remember the name of the farm). they have a sign with a picture of goat and L shaped text that says “GOAT CHEESE”. they are hard to miss. i’ve never stopped, but the words “Halloumi” on the white board just screamed out at me. i stopped and took a look and asked the woman behind the table. this batch was really good. she had done an extra squeeze out of the liquid, and the halloumi was really holding its shape. and $8 later, i had the centerpiece for this meal.

i first had grilled haloumi while touring The Bakkhai in greece and cyprus the summer before my senior year in college. two of us were vegetarians (yes, we were offered lamb when we said we didn’t eat meat). after enough feta and stuffed peppers and tomatoes to make us not care about eating anymore (neither of us ate feta for a year after we returned), we found grilled halloumi, and it was a revelation.

i’ve only had grilled halloumi in restaurants, but with my time opening up (and my money becoming tight), i am on a cook-at-home kick. i looked up some recipes, but not having lemon in the house, i decided to just let the cheese be itself. i started the rice in the cooker with some salt and a vegan “beef” broth cube. i sliced 3 cloves of garlic and chopped 3 medium onions. i washed the oyster mushrooms and the dinosaur kale and set aside to drain. in my favourite pan, i heated the olive oil and dropped in the garlic. after about a half a minute, i added the onion. while that was cooking, i sliced the mushrooms to bite sized pieces. when the onions were relatively clear, i added the mushrooms and turned on the heat for my grill pan. once the mushrooms were cooked a bit, i added the kale. i put a little olive oil on the grill pan and placed the halloumi on top. i cooked everything until the kale had cooked down and both sides of the halloumi had beautiful grill marks. in the last minute of cooking the kale, i added a generous splash of champagne vinegar. the rice cooker button popped, and it was time to eat!

congrats, houston!

congrats, houston!

let me tell you, it is getting easier to tell people that i am from texas (without having to explain that i am one of the ones who left). congrats to houston!

i am really heartened too to see gender identity included in this order, because too often the mainstream community leadership has removed (or seemed willing to remove) protections for our transgender and genderqueer siblings. thank you, annise.

(via @NCLRights)