Jan Mizesko Barker

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The World’s Hardest Country for Women

Even without the threat of Boko Haram, the girls of northern Nigeria lead grim lives and face brutal challenges.<p>ABUJA, Nigeria — At age 14, Amina …

Africa

Landscape Ideas: 9 Flowers to Add Color to a Garden

For gardeners who crave color–and really, who among us is immune?–the sudden decline from a giddy, glorious springtime into the dusty doldrums of …

America’s Self-Inflicted Wounds

Political dysfunction is doing serious damage to U.S. economic power.<p>Will the United States remain the most powerful country in the world? Many think not. Those who feel this way also tend to think that China’s ascent will lead to America’s decline. Harvard professor Joseph Nye, who is not a …

Geopolitics

The Reason America Adopted Race-Based Slavery

<i>Excerpted from</i> <b>Strange New Land: Africans in Colonial America</b> <i>by Peter H. Wood. Published by Oxford University Press.</i><p><i>This article supplements Episode 1</i> …

An Ancient Mystery: Where Is the Tomb of Genghis Khan?

Recently, a magnificent find by archeologists yielded a structure lost to time, a military stronghold used by Genghis Khan and his army as they …

Gwyneth Paltrow loves her bikini body

Gwyneth Paltrow is sharing her food philosophy and it might surprise you!<p>The 42-year-old actress covers the June issue of Women's Health and besides showing off her super toned figure, she's also opening up about her food philosophy, which is apparently less oppressive than you might imagine.<p>"My …

Gwyneth Paltrow

Racial Unrest Today Has Roots in Our Intertwined Genealogical Ties to Slavery

When President Barack Obama commented on the unrest in Baltimore, he called it a "slow-rolling crisis." Despite the hours of media attention on Baltimore, Ferguson, New York and other places as fast-paced "breaking news," these incidents are rooted in the past. They also reflect a long-running …

How To Grill Fish Like A Boss, In 5 Easy Steps

Photo credit: Shutterstock<p>Grilling is the most basic of cooking methods -- open fire, al fresco -- but that doesn't mean it's the simplest. Some meals cook up easily on the grill, such as sausages and chicken, but others require a little more thought, consideration and careful handling. We're …

How America became the most powerful country on Earth, in 11 maps - Vox

We take it for granted that the United States is the most powerful country on Earth today, and perhaps in human history. The story of how that came to be is long, fascinating, complex — and often misunderstood. Here, excerpted in part from "70 maps that explain America," are maps that help show …

Mommy Essential's Bag

<i>This post contains some affiliate links.</i><p>As a busy mom of little ones under the age of three, it is rare that I actually carry a purse when I take …

How to Put Together Your Own Mother's Day Bouquet

Mom will love this bundle of precious flowers! You can repurpose vases, mugs, teacups, or pretty votives that you already have in your home, or take a trip to a thrift store.<p><b>Materials:</b><p>To create these three darling posies, you will need to source:<p>- 3 assorted small vessels. I've used vintage Fire …

Cute

SJP Knock-Off Wool Cape Tutorial

A couple of months ago I stumbled across a photo of Sarah Jessica Parker walking her kids to school in this great, casual, blanket-like wool cape. Of …

Essential Guide for Beginning Sewists

When undertaking something new – whether setting out to produce a set, defined product or learn a new skill set – it’s easy to get swept up and away …

Sewing

Our Top 5 Rules for the Grill

Blog: Whole StoryGrilling is the ultimate summer cooking experience, but no matter how many times you’ve hit the grill in recent memory, we bet a …

BBQ

Kneeling statue of Hatshepsut | New Kingdom | The Met

Period:New Kingdom<p>Dynasty:Dynasty 18<p>Reign:Joint reign of Hatshepsut and Thutmose III<p>Date:ca. 1479–1458 B.C.<p>Geography:From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, …

Thomas Cromwell's 'Unlikely' Friendship

Michael Everett takes issue with one of Mary C. Erler’s assumptions in her otherwise perceptive article from 2014 on Thomas Cromwell’s friendship …

Henry Viii

Ferdinand Magellan: Defying all Odds in a Voyage around the World

The historical figure Ferdinand Magellan was a Portuguese explorer who remains famous for the first circumnavigation of the earth, proving that the …

Versailles: The Making of a Palace

Charles Mauricheau-Beaupré surveys the broad sweep of history occupants of the Palace of Versailles have witnessed, and makes a case for its …

The greatest European military leaders of all time

The common thread linking all those who reached the very top of that profession is a genius for tactics and an ability to adapt mid-way through a battle in order to secure victory.<p>From the ancient Greeks to the modern day the tools of the game have changed dramatically but the aim remains the same …

World History

10 of the best festivals in Europe ... that you’ve probably never heard of

From a rave in an abandoned Polish coalmine to bonfires and bunting in the Bulgarian mountains, these under-the-radar festivals are an excuse to explore new musical landscapes<p>Compare the costs of festivals around the world<p>Meadows in the Mountains, Bulgaria<p>With a wild camping vibe – bonfires, small …

42 Wildlife Photos To Remind You There's Beauty In The World

Sometimes we forget that this world is a wonderful place.

The best microwave mug cake recipes to make in minutes

Many of us have succumbed to the lure of the mid-afternoon microwave cake. There is something satisfyingly indulgent about piling spoonfuls of sugar and flour into a mug, then watching a steaming, sweet-smelling perfectly risen cup come out of the microwave five minutes later.<p>These recipes, from …

Dessert

A History Of Black Slaves: What The Race Baiters Don't Want You To Know

Meet Brazil's 'Confederados': They've forgotten how to speak English but the South American descendants of rebels who fled US after the Civil War still turn out by the thousands to celebrate their Dixie roots

• <b>Sunday's party marked the 150th anniversary of the end of the American Civil War and was held in a rural Brazilian town colonized by families fleeing</b> …

Battle Lines: A Graphic History of the Civil War

I confess that I have never been deeply interested in The American Civil War. After reading this book, I’m convinced that the only reason I wasn’t …

American Civil War

4 Amazing Ways to Eat Way More Fruits and Vegetables Right Now

In creating the menus for Plated, I love the opportunity to add the season's finest vegetables, herbs, and fruits to any and all dishes I create -- giving our subscribers the chance to eat better-tasting, fresher food that's also better for you.<p>Here are four suggestions for what to do with all that …