I was in a coffee shop recently, having a rare, quiet moment outside of toddler-madness and I bumped into an acquaintance I hadn’t seen for a while. He’d seriously muscled-up at the gym since I last saw him.
He stopped by for a chat and when I told him how well he was looking, blithely asserted that women don’t have the same problems that men have with their body and self-esteem (why, oh why, didn’t I recognise the madness and stop the conversation there?!)
As gently as possible, I reminded him that women have enormous issues around body image and weight, and that I’ve definitely struggled since my son’s birth almost two years ago.
He looked me up and down and loudly announced that the great thing about English people like me is that we don’t care about being overweight. And by the way, isn’t it great that we’re so…
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You take the lime and the coconut…. and put them in a cupcake!!!
I want to be like the woman on the Julie and Julia movie, except I want to cook my way through Isa Moskowitz’s cookbook Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. I’ve made the crimson velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, the cookies and cream cupcakes with cookies and cream buttercream frosting, the carrot cake cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and now these, perhaps my ultimate favorite so far. The tangy lime butter cream and sweet coconut cake (PACKED with coconut) make a glorious pair.
My tip for this recipe is to use fresh squeezed lime juice. If you go for that bottled crap, Isa and I will personally arrive at your house to slap your face! You need limes for the zest anyway, so just hush up and zest/juice 3 limes.
Coconut Lime Cupcakes:
1/3 cup coconut…
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Secretary of State
It is my great pleasure to join the world’s one billion persons with disabilities in recognizing the 21st International Day of Persons with Disabilities (Dec 3).
Here in the United States, we’ve been witness to enormous progress in empowering people with disabilities to participate fully in activities that most of us take for granted. I remember the early days of the fight to make our country more accessible, from my work as a Lieutenant Governor and Senator to help open the path for the Wheelchair Division of the Boston Marathon and to open up Little League opportunities to kids with disabilities. It continued through my early Senate partnership with a Republican Senator, Lowell Weicker, to help unleash technology that has produced assistive devices for disabled people. But my years in the Senate also taught me how much work remains to export the American gold standard – the Americans with Disabilities Act – to the rest of the world.
During my final weeks as a Senator, I worked alongside Republican Senators from John McCain to John Barrasso, to try and ratify the Disabilities Treaty, an international agreement that promotes and protects the rights of people with disabilities. Our ratification will benefit the millions of Americans with disabilities when they travel abroad for study, work, or pleasure.
The goal is simple: to help lift other countries up to meet the standard the United States set more than 20 years ago. We fell just five votes short last year of exporting our American ideal, and now is the time to finish the job.The need is enormous, and the imperative is urgent. What we did here at home with the ADA hasn’t even been remotely realized in many places overseas.
At least 80 percent of the world’s persons with disabilities live in the developing world, too often in deplorable conditions of neglect and second class citizenship.
Too many people, in too many places around the globe are subjected to unacceptable horrors simply because they have a disability. Moreover, for the more than 50 million Americans with disabilities who want to travel, study, work, and serve abroad, including our 5.5 million veterans with disabilities, the protections that they have grown accustomed to under the ADA and other ground-breaking U.S. legislation simply do not exist in many countries. We can change that.
We can help expand opportunities abroad for Americans with disabilities, create new markets for American companies, and be in the strongest possible position to push for critically needed improvements around the world.
On this International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we reaffirm our determination to ensure that our disabled brothers and sisters can travel abroad with the same dignity and respect that they enjoy here at home, and that disabled people around the world can at last share in the promises that Americans believe are a right, not a privilege.
Statement by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, on World AIDS Day, December 01, 2013
Today, there are 35.3 million people living with HIV/AIDS, including 1.1 million in the United States and 3.3 million children worldwide. In recent years, the number of AIDS-related deaths has declined, the rate of new infections has been reduced, and the availability of lifesaving treatments has increased. Still, 1.6 million people died from AIDS-related causes in 2012 and we have much work to do before treatment and care are available to all in need.
This year, the theme for World AIDS Day is “Shared Responsibility: Strengthening Results for an AIDS-Free Generation.” President Obama and the United States are answering this call in a manner that transcends partisan politics and that stretches across all sectors of American society.
Ten years ago, President George W. Bush, backed by a strong coalition in Congress, created the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). In 2011 President Obama established a series of ambitious goals for PEPFAR, including a commitment to increase by fifty percent the number of HIV-positive people receiving lifesaving treatment. We are able to announce today that we have exceeded this goal.
PEPFAR is now providing treatment to 6.7 million people, an increase of seventy-one percent in just two years. PEPFAR has also prevented HIV from blighting the birth of more than one million babies; one million infants who would have been born with the virus are instead AIDS-free. The United States remains by far the largest contributor to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. This year, we are challenging the world by offering to contribute $1 to the Fund for every $2 made available by other donors.
The United States is determined to continue leading in the fight against HIV/AIDS, but we cannot succeed alone. The Global Fund and other initiatives are supported by a vast network that includes philanthropists, the business community, health care professionals, civil society, and governments both in and outside the regions of greatest risk.
Our collective efforts are informed by the knowledge that millions of lives are at stake; by the understanding that comprehensive measures are needed to make further progress; by a commitment to end the bigotry, ignorance, sexual violence, and economic inequities that lead to new infections; and by the conviction that defeating AIDS is not only a public health necessity, but also a human rights imperative.
Since the start of the AIDS epidemic in the early 1980s, the disease has claimed more than 36 million lives. For a time, we felt overwhelmed by the magnitude of the challenge. But slowly – too slowly – we have developed the tools, the knowhow, and the degree of international cooperation necessary to stem the tide.
Our commitment now – our goal on World AIDS Day 2013 – is to move relentlessly toward achieving an AIDS-free generation. Success will demand an enormous commitment from us all, but achieving this goal is within our reach.
May you be happy always.
Honoré de Balzac
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Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together. Woodrow Wilson #quote #taolifePosted: April 4, 2013
Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together.
Be prepared and be honest.
#success #quote #taolife
Never ever give up.
#poster #quote #taolife