Friday Roundup - February 19, 2016

What I've been reading, writing, thinking about and indulging in this week

Image (and recipe) from  Busy in Brooklyn

Image (and recipe) from Busy in Brooklyn

Sweet treats: Purim is a Jewish holiday that's something like Hallowe'en or Carnivale - lots of dressing up in costume and eating and drinking. It's over a month away, but I'm already planning to make this delectable grain free version of hamantaschen, the traditional triangle shaped stuffed Purim cookies.

Trailblazing African American Woman Doctor: In honor of Black History/Black Futures Month, I was reading about African American pioneers in medicine. I learned about Rebecca Lee Crumpler, the first African-American woman doctor, who earned her MD in 1864!  After she left practice (in part due to the racism she experienced) she wrote a book which became a staple in many American households: A Book of Medical Discourses which you can read online.

The Story of Cosmetics: I've been talking about non-toxic skin care alternatives and the dangers of conventional personal care products all month long (more over at TCMTalk) and really enjoyed this video explaining the state of the industry from Annie Leonard, creator of The Story of Stuff, and using the same charming animation.

Have a great weekend!

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