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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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.
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Wise men talk because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something. #taolifePosted: April 3, 2013
Wise men talk because they have something to say;
Fools because they have to say something.