More About Female Veterans: fighting an invisible injury

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Female veteran fights an invisible injury

Angel Harris returned from Afghanistan eight years ago pregnant and — like thousands of other female veterans — with a case of PTSD, a disorder that took six years to diagnose. The military has only recently begun to offer women the same PTSD benefits as men.

April 09, 2011|By Faye Fiore, Los Angeles Times

The Bullfrog Brewery is crowded for lunch and tables are scarce, but former Army Sgt. Angel Harris finds one where she can sit with her back to a wall and still see out a window. She isn’t sure what she’s watching for. A sniper maybe, or an ambush.

This is downtown Williamsport — the Appalachian hamlet where Little League was born — not the sort of place where people wait around for something awful to happen. But that’s the way Harris has viewed the world since she returned from Afghanistan eight years ago carrying her unborn son and a case of PTSD.

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Before you die, take a look

. . . at this wonderful Project in New Orleans.

It is artful, thoughtful,

inspirational, soulful,

mindful, and just plain full.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Spring

Denouement: Cherry Pie

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Dear Ab-bey:

The al Qa’ida’s media wing has launched a magazine for women, mixing beauty tips with lessons in jihad.

Al-Qa’ida glossy advises women to cover up and marry a martyr – Asia, World – The Independent.

The 31-page glossy, Al-Shamikha, which translates loosely as “The Majestic Woman”,  features a niqab-clad woman posing with a sub-machine gun on its cover.

Analysts say the idea is to market global jihad with the same slick feel as Cosmopolitan or Marie Claire push Western culture to young women.

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Have you collected your Stein?


SAN FRANCISCO “The Steins Collect: Matisse, Picasso and the Parisian Avant-Garde.” Some 200 works reunite the early 20th-century collections ofGertrude Stein, her brothers Leo and Michael, and sister-in-law Sarah, with an eye to demonstrating how important this family was in developing the taste for Picasso, Matisse Pierre BonnardPaul Cézanne, Juan Gris, Francis Picabia andPierre-Auguste Renoir. May 21 to Sept. 6. Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third Street; (415) 357-4000;  NYTimes 3/18/11

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Low ku

Am I a Poet

if I take a pill to fuel


if I need constant


if I wax suicidal

for cheating on a verse?

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Margo to the Rescue

The Cyborg – Formerly a dumping ground for idiosyncratic crap. Now organized so that art supplies, candles, cards, vitamins, and electronic accessories are easy to find.

Clutter Tamed & Contained

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