This may soon be a very different world

In the summer of 1999 I spent a week in New York, sleeping on a former newspaper colleague’s couch in Brooklyn. I remember the two pairs of shoes I bought there: soft gray boots and three-inch platform black sandals. I walked everywhere around the city in my Japanese cotton dress and those black New York […]

Teenage Girls Undergo 'Breast Ironing' In Cameroon

Teenage Girls Undergo ‘Breast Ironing’ In Cameroon (VIDEO). One in four girls in Cameroon are affected by the brutal practice of “breast ironing.” The procedure involves flattening a young girl’s growing breasts with hot objects to try and keep the breasts from growing. It’s a desperate attempt to curb the country’s high number of teenage […]

We are the World 25: A personal moment.

Drove to the beach last week and asked my 13-year-old niece, Sarah, to plug her iPod into our car stereo. (I like hearing other people’s music.) After the initial Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus, thanks to my crew in the back of the van, she pulled up: We are the World 25. The original must […]

Mandela in Mandarin

From Nan Fe with love My lovely friend Andrea sent me this picture she took at the SA Pavilion at Shanghai Expo 2010. It sits so right: “We must use time wisely and forever realise that time is always ripe to do right.”–Nelson Mandela And if you didn’t quite get that in English, read the […]

On Canada Day: A Love Letter to the Strong and Free.

We started dating in 1999 and finally tied the knot three years ago. I fell in love with your flower baskets, hanging from every lamppost in downtown Victoria. Or maybe it was the seaplane ride, coasting Fraser River and Pacific Ocean. I fell in love with the fruit section at the IGA in Davis Bay. […]