Using Facebook for Lombok Earthquake Relief

I’ve written in a past column about how Facebook can be used in disasters or crises. Facebook has a reporting feature called Crisis Response, that allows people in areas affected by a crisis (natural disaster, extreme weather, shootings, terrorist attack, etc.) let friends and family know they’re safe, find or offer help and get the […]

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Herbs de Provence Walnut Squares

Inspired by an old family recipe, these walnut bars have been updated to include herbs de Provence and lemon zest. I recently took them to an event where they were gobbled up quickly. Everyone wanted to know the secret ingredient. So, while it may seem strange to add a savory herb mixture to a dessert, […]

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DYSTOCIA IN DOGS: WHEN YOUR DOG HAS DIFFICULTY GIVING BIRTH

Bali Dogs are one of the few breeds in the world who have evolved through natural selection (survival of the fittest) rather than artificial breeding (more accurately inbreeding) of pedigree breeds. As a result, problems like dystocia (difficulty giving birth) very rarely happen in Bali Dogs, as those individuals with a narrow pelvic canal would […]

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What Can Pain Teach Us?

I woke up this morning not knowing what I would write about, but then the pain in my stomach returned. I had been pain free for seven months, so it didn’t make sense that this pain I have lived without had returned again. I kept saying in my mind, “No, no, no. Why are you […]

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Earthquake Alert

Right now, the topic on everyone’s mind in Bali seems to be the recent and continuing earthquakes that are hitting Lombok and being felt here in Bali. No, they haven’t ‘hit’ Bali yet, although we have felt some strong tremors over the past few weeks. With the Pacific plate under Indonesia moving, and dispersing energy […]

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August 29, 2018

Ndaba Mandela, Susi Pudjiastuti, Hanif Kureishi, Gillian Triggs, Fatima Bhutto, Jane Caro, Dee Lestari announced for Ubud Writers & Readers Festival’s 15th year For its 15th year as Southeast Asia’s leading festival of words and ideas, the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (UWRF) has revealed a stellar lineup of 160+ authors, journalists, artists and activists […]

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Chronic Kidney Failure in Cats

Kidney disease, also known as renal disease, is one of the most common diseases in dogs and cats that come to Sunset Vet. Kidney disease is very serious, as the kidneys are essential to filter the blood, excrete excess nitrogen and other toxins, regulate water and electrolyte balance, and produce hormones. When the kidneys become […]

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Spicy Mexican Tempeh Chips

I wanted a snack that was high in protein and low in calories and fat. But it also had to taste good. Perhaps these taste too good because I can’t eat just one or two. I see the jar and my hand goes right to it. Bad hand! You can vary the spices in each […]

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Claiming Our Sovereignty

For many years I’ve heard people talk about sovereignty and its meaning. My logical brain understood it, but only recently did my heart understand what this really means. Through a series of events which began with my trip to Canada in May, travels through Ecuador and then concluded in Toronto when I flew back home […]

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Mount Agung Redux

While my column is normally about social media – that is, online sites and tools, it’s easy to forget that the original social media was people. In the flesh, making contact, helping each other out. Talking. Supporting. So this month, I want to re-focus attention on Bali’s simmering volcano and how it is affecting, and […]

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