Ces Petites Choses

Things that inspire me, interest me, and generally catch my eye.

A rant on Ebola

I swear, if I read one more fear-mongering conspiracy theory about Ebola, I am going to scream. Believe me, I get it, Ebola is scary. Most Americans don’t know much about it. But by painting this outbreak as some master plan or global plot, you are doing a serious disservice to the people of West Africa and actually diverting focus and energy from the real reasons for the spread of Ebola: endemic poverty and the lack of an accessible, effective and well-funded health infrastructure in most parts of West Africa. And there’s also a larger context that needs to be appreciated: decades of violent conflict that have largely destroyed these countries’ economies and infrastructures, and international lending programs and development priorities that have diverted funding away from social spending on health and education. So yes, in a way the Ebola outbreak IS man-made. The policies, development priorities, and politics of West African nations and the larger global community have created this situation. And, with informed effort, they can get us out of it as well. So GET IT TOGETHER AMERICA. Educate yourself and then spend some of your energy encouraging real long-term solutions rather than fomenting irrational, unfounded fear on social media. 

Ok, back to your regularly scheduled programming. 

Happy October! 

Yay books!

In no particular order, here are ten fiction books that have stayed with me over the years or influenced my life in some way. It wasn’t until I finished the list that I noticed that they are all by female authors. Girl power! 

Harry Potter series - JK Rowling

The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett

The God of Small Things - Arundhati Roy

Ella Enchanted - Gail Carson Levine

Sister, Outsider - Audre Lorde

Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

A Very Long Letter - Mariama Ba

Jazz - Toni Morrison

Chasing Redbird - Sharon Creech

Flight Behavior - Barbara Kingsolver

You’ll pry my Oxford comma from my cold, dead, and lifeless hands.

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ted:

"And sometimes in class I might pause the intellectual-sounding flow to ask, ‘Yo! Why dese books neva be about my peoples?’ Yes, I have decided to treat all three of my languages as equals because I’m ‘articulate.’"

Jamila Lyiscott responds to the pseudo-compliment that she is “articulate” in her powerful spoken-word essay “Broken English” from a recent TEDSalon in New York City.

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foreverlovingaudrey:

Audrey Hepburn clowns around with Fred Astaire during the filming of Funny Face

foreverlovingaudrey:

Audrey Hepburn clowns around with Fred Astaire during the filming of Funny Face

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garabating: David Malan

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