Category Archives: Viva!

Beautiful Henna Crowns Bring Confidence And Joy To Women Experiencing Hair Loss

One organization is using all-natural ingredients and artistry to help women coping with hair loss.

Henna Heals was started by Canadian photographer Frances Darwin in 2011 as a small group of volunteers in Toronto, and has since grown to a community of 150 artists worldwide. Those artists use safe, temporary dyes to paint intricate designs on their clients’ heads — after about two weeks, the henna designs fade away.

The organization offers professional henna “crowns” and photography services as a way to empower and heal people experiencing hair loss, and to help them feel beautiful and confident.

via Beautiful Henna Crowns Bring Confidence And Joy To Women Experiencing Hair Loss.

Shorter men live longer, scientists find – Telegraph

They may not have the easiest ride in life, enduring accusations of inferiority complexes and jokes at their expense, but it appears short men will have the last laugh after all.

Scientists have found evidence that they are likely to live longer, with those under five foot two having a greater chance of surviving to old age.

via Shorter men live longer, scientists find – Telegraph.

Caramelized Onion, Spinach & Avocado Quesadilla Recipe

An avocado a day keeps the doctor away. Okay, that statement may need some fact-checking, but I do eat a whole avocado most days — so I’ve made it my motto as well as my M.O. Adding avocado to a hot, melty quesadilla may seem strange, but let me assure you: it just works. For these Caramelized Onion, Spinach, and Avocado Quesadillas, you simply add the sliced avocado at the very end of the cooking process so it doesn’t get overly hot or mushy.

via Caramelized Onion, Spinach & Avocado Quesadilla Recipe.

Are You There, God? | Rebelle Society

Allow me to see Your hand in the face of all I meet today. As I lose faith in myself and this path, You as well as others — as we know damn well, God, I’m bound to do at least a few times today — please wrap me in Your compassion and remind me that all I must do is let myself be breathed.

via Are You There, God? | Rebelle Society.

The Cycle of Motherhood | Dorinda Duclos – Night Owl Poetry

A baby cries in the night

A hand gently touches her

A mother’s soothing voice

Comforting, wiping away the tears

A child cries in the night

A mother’s soothing voice

Quieting the nightmare

Comforting, chasing away the fears

A woman cries in the night

Her mother’s soothing voice

Calming and reassuring

Comforting, holding her near

A baby cries in the night

A mother’s soothing voice

A grandmother’s loving touch

As the cycle begins again

via The Cycle of Motherhood | Dorinda Duclos – Night Owl Poetry.

Reaching the Most Vulnerable Survivors of Afghanistan’s Deadly Landslide

Zulfia leads one of those families. She is living now with her five children under a tent distributed by Concern, all of them dressed in the same clothes they were wearing on the day she lost her husband in the landslides. She also lost all her household items and animals.

Jamila, 13, is another. She lost her father a few years ago, and her mother in the landslides. She managed to rescue her four sisters and two brothers. “I am the eldest one in my family now,” she says. “What should I do with my brothers and sisters? How should I look after them?”

via Reaching the Most Vulnerable Survivors of Afghanistan’s Deadly Landslide.

Jeremy Clarkson and Ukip are not mavericks, but the bullying face of the establishment | Suzanne Moore | Comment is free | The Guardian

What is asked of Clarkson and his posse is no more than we ask of primary-school pupils. Don’t name-call. Respect difference. I don’t pretend all sorts of stuff doesn’t happen outside the classroom, but it is not a bad ideal. Even small children know which discourses are legitimised by the grownups.

Clarkson and the grownup schoolboys know also that every shocking remark is shrapnel. It scatters and wounds multiple targets. If you can say nasty stuff about gay people, then why not about black people? Once you voice the idea that women ask for rape and can’t have careers, the next stage is to get rid of naggy old human rights because women don’t count as human anyway.

We have not been conned by Europe, feminism, political correctness or even bloody wind farms. The biggest con of all is that this coalition of “mavericks” is not seen for what it is. The establishment: in bullying, red-faced self-pitying mode. This is the rich and powerful deriding the powerless while pretending to be heroic victims. It is a revolting, sweaty lie. Let them slap each other’s back into oblivion. Decent blokes do not monetise their ability to pick on those weaker than them, never mind make entire careers out if it.

via Jeremy Clarkson and Ukip are not mavericks, but the bullying face of the establishment | Suzanne Moore | Comment is free | The Guardian.

Lebanese women ‘run forward’ for their rights in Beirut marathon | WNN – Women News Network

This is the second year the women’s marathon has taken place in Beirut. Image: Al Arabiya

Crowds lined the streets of Beirut as a women’s marathon snaked its way through the city this week.

Women from all walks of life – the handicapped, the young and the elderly – participated in the event aimed at empowering women through sports and geared towards reminding women that health is vital.

A number of men also joined in the campaign which ran under the slogan “Run forward, there is no going back” . . .

via Lebanese women ‘run forward’ for their rights in Beirut marathon | WNN – Women News Network.