No time to travel? No Worries – Les Couturiers: Paris Fashion Houses – an online exhibition

Enter the world of French Haute Couture and learn about some of the most important couturiers: Charles Frederick Worth, Paul Poiret, Madeleine Vionnet, Elsa Schiaparelli, Christian Dior, Cristobal Balenciaga

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Sally Sets Forth blog

One of my dear friends has reinvented herself as a designer and I just wanted to share with you some of her fantastic designs at Sally Sets Forth blog.

The Women Who Fought For The Right To Bear Children

“Only two things matter in the reproductive health debate: the medical opinions of doctors, and the will of women. Also, feminism is intricately connected with all aspects of our society, including health, but also labor and the economy. A woman can’t be an equal player in our society until she has total autonomy, and that includes determining the destiny of her own body.” American journalist Allison Kilkenny

A reminder that women are still losing the battle to be able to exercise choice over their bodies via The Women Who Fought For The Right To Bear Children.

Parent and Child Choice in App design

Designers of apps “have the power to hijack kids’ attention or to respect it, to create experiences that enhance daily life or disrupt it. And parents, through their purchasing power, have the ability to spur the industry to create better apps.” For more of this thought provoking research please go to the article by Jackson Holtz Apps for children should emphasize parent and child choice, researchers say.

Inspiration for getting more reading into your lives, not just summer holidays

I loved this post by Pernille Ripp. The ideas can be applied anytime, not just for summer holidays – so if you’re wondering how to create more reading time, make a cup of tea and sit down and read Creating Joyful Summer Reading Plans by Pernille Ripp.

When collaboration pays off

Another inspiring tale from the Nerdy Book Club – and is an example of when collaboration pays off for a heartwarming tale please go to  One Author, One Librarian, One Teacher; Three Nerds by Nora Raleigh Baskin, Beth Parmer, and Jimmy Sapia.

From Here To Eternity Review: An Upbeat Approach To Dealing With Death

When we can speak about death as a society, without shunning it, then we can learn to support those who lose the ones they love.

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“Nine years ago, when I began working with the dead, I heard other practitioners speak about holding the space for the dying person and their family. With my secular bias, ‘holding the space’ sounded like saccharine hippie lingo. This judgement was wrong. Holding the space is crucial, and exactly what we are missing. To hold the space is to create a ring of safety around the family and friends of the dead, providing a place where they can grieve openly and honestly, without fear of being judged.”

Addressing death is difficult for many people, even though it’s a natural part of life. Whether it’s having to confront the notion that a loved one is gone, or attending a funeral, death isn’t an easy subject. But death can take on a whole new meaning in other cultures. Mortician Caitlin Doughty went around the world to write From Here To Eternity, a…

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