July 4, 2009
For my money, the funny Leno is the one who's not on TV. Mavis Nicholson Leno is swift with the wisecrack, and she has this big, hearty, irresistible laugh that you suspect makes her her husband's best audience. But there's a fierce focus in her that I first saw about 10 years ago, after she'd begun working with the Feminist Majority on behalf of women in Afghanistan. That was well before most Americans could place Afghanistan on a map, much less knew what vileness the Taliban was up to.
March 7, 2004 |
On the surface, "Meena, Heroine of Afghanistan" is a very simple book. Since this account of the life of the founder of the Revolutionary Assn. of the Women of Afghanistan, or RAWA, is told for girls as well as women, the style is conventional and direct. Yet the narrative will provide a profoundly moving experience for readers of any age.
May 10, 2002 |
The first time Laura Bush traveled to Europe, she was just out of college and on one of those seven-day, 17-country trips by bus and train. She returns next week by Air Force jet for an official tour of Paris, Hungary and the Czech Republic with her daughter Jenna. Laura Bush, who leaves Monday for 10 days on her first international mission without her husband, wants to highlight U.S.-led efforts to rebuild Afghanistan.
May 3, 2009 |
As you know, every man, woman and child in this country has heard, and probably heard again, every Tom Lasorda story. But Lasorda is tireless, if not relentless. He's also dedicated, and while most folks at age 81 have to debate with their own body to get going every day, Lasorda was flying to Washington, D.C., on to Ireland, then Cairo, and Pakistan -- putting on helmet and flak jacket and switching to a helicopter for the rocky jaunt to Iraq and Afghanistan.
March 8, 2012 |
International Women's Day is today. How are you observing it, aside from perhaps noting the Google Doodle set up in its honor? Maybe you're signing an online petition seeking gender equality in medical research. Or tweeting using the hashtag "#womensday" to honor women's progress and to renew commitments to women's rights. If you're in Kabul, Afghanistan, you might be making a stop by that city's first Internet cafe just for women. International Women's Day is not nearly as well known in the United States as it is in other parts of the globe; elsewhere, it's marked by rallies, banners and even a day off. Many people in Armenia and Mongolia get time away from the job; in China, only women have that luxury.
October 10, 2013 |
LARAMIE, Wyo. - Every year, the day sneaks on up Judy Shepard to deliver its sucker punch from the past: The 12th of October. The day Matthew died. "It hits you and you say to yourself: Oh, this is the day," she says. "This is why I feel so terrible. " Fifteen years ago this week, gay college student Matthew Shepard was pistol-whipped and left for dead: unconscious, barely alive, lashed to a jagged wooden fence outside this small prairie city by two men disgusted by his homosexuality.