The press conference of a lifetime

US President Trump’s solo press conference was probably the most refreshing I’ve watched. Michelle Obama had her “when they go low, we go high” moment. I believe President Trump, channeling his savvy businessman persona, had his. I’ve not laughed so much in a long time! I believe this has cured my February maladies! Right there was ‘white American’ in…

…and scenting

In a previous article, I mentioned about women and leg shaving a ritual that appears to be sustained by the female’s preconceived idea of the male’s expectation that certain surfaces of the female body should be without hair in contrast to the I-don’t-care-if-you-have-hair attitude among men who are in relationships with other men. In this post, we’ll do smell.…

Making coffee, shaving legs

I heard it first from Barbara Stanwyck‘s character, a formidable widow in the movie The Thorn Birds.  Somebody brave enough from among her visiting long lost relatives asked her why she hasn’t remarried.  I can’t recall her exact lines but it went something like, And what? Spend my time making and serving a man coffee again? No…

Power walking, NGO style

The image reminds me of days, the years I spent in the field, facilitating development for communities.  My look though was tomboy fare: cropped hair, jeans, cargo pants, tee shirts or long-sleeved plaid shirts (defense against sunburn, mosquitoes, and the like), sweaters, and sneakers.  A snack-laden backpack to go with.  Maybe a cap on hot days, but…

I find that as one grows in emotional maturity, one is better able to clearly distinguish a feeling from another.  And then again what is often spoken to people about one’s feelings is that which is acceptable – to society, one’s community, family, circle of friends, workplace, etc.  So I understand why increasingly people have…