Sunday reads: Bye Olympics, Karam Kitchen and Avos.

Ok so it's Monday.

I spent the weekend packing so I didn't get to share my good reads, and I am off today so here we are!

The Olympics were amazing this year, especially for women of colour (Jezebel).

In a former life, I lived in Northeast India doing research on the process of political empowerment for rural women.  I can tell you without reservation that to be a woman in Indi is to be gritty, resilient.  No wonder they're making more female Olympians than at any time in their history.  I weep with joy for them. 

...and more. 

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Sunday reads: No apologies.

I came of age as Donovan Bailey won my country's first 100m Sprint Olympic Gold and set a world record.  Twenty years later, we're back.  My anxiety about Andre De Grasse's semi-final against Usain Bolt is turning into nervous internet browsing.  The race is 20 minutes away, which comprises about half the time I spend thinking about track & field each four years.  

Here are some cool things to distract a waiting nation: 


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Quitting the Do-Goodery: What saving the world looks like in my 30s.

In northeastern Afghanistan, there is a province called Badakhshan.  In Badakhshan, there is a capital city called Fayzabad.  In Fayzabad, there is a provincial hospital.  In that hospital, there are dozens of women who came from far away to have their babies.  They are Pamiri women and women from the Wakhan corridor.  They are women from everywhere in between. 

In 2011, I took my very best shot at helping out.  I was 27 years old and I moved from Ottawa, Canada to Kabul, Afghanistan for a job with a well-known and well-respected global non-profit.  I thought I would do some good.  I thought I would learn a lot.  

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New preoccupation: America's Test Kitchen

America's Test Kitchen: YEAH PLEASE. 

A few years ago, I got the America's Test Kitchen Cooking School Cookbook for my wedding shower.  It has all of these great image-based tutorials for classic meals like roasts, turkey, gratin and other important cultural 'meal'stones (ha!). 

So then I started looking around to see if they had a podcast because my podcast game has been a little blah lately.  

And they do!

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Then and now: Visiting the first residential school in Canada.

Two women led us through the oldest residential school in Canada this afternoon.  One was a survivor.  People who spent part of their childhood in a residential school are known as survivors. The other had a grandfather who lived in this residential school in and around 1899.   They both generously took us - seven Canadian family medicine residents - through one of this country's darkest legacies....

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noticing + visual literacy for wellness.

Yesterday, was talking to a woman who has experienced a great deal in her life.  She said to me,

I want to taste peace. 
I want to taste joy. 
I need to taste my food. 
I need to taste my kids. 
The past needs a great hug. 

I just spent four weeks in a training program for visual literacy at a local art gallery, a program designed to help residents with the art of noticing in the clinical setting.  If I pick and chose charitably from the program, the things I loved were the things that helped me see forms of human life more vividly.  

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