Saturday, June 27, 2009

Reading between the lines

I was flipping through one of the women’s magazines and was struck by the content of some of the articles.

What a window on American culture...well, a segment of American culture.
Even with my body in America, my mind is usually in Africa, so I really chuckled at how an African woman would react to the survey about whether the father-in-law should be consulted for his blessing by the future son in law. Most American women said, “No way. It’s none of his business.”

And the article about how to improve your posture. They suggest walking with something (like a book) on your head. Or maybe just grow up as an African woman and carry everything on your head. (no, that wasn’t their suggestion).

And then the article about whether children should sleep in the same bed/room with the parents. You’d have to pick an African women up off of the floor she’d be laughing so hard when she read the American answers. Give the child his own room...ha,ha. Child abuse..ho,ho...let the child decide..OMG, what will these Americans think of next......

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

This is what time it is in Ghana

Village Food

This refers to food planted and eaten on the farm.

A farmer brings a pot, salt and fire to the farm and when the harvest is ready, he can eat.

My favorite is maize (corn) and groundnuts (peanuts.) Add water and salt and bring to a boil.

Simple, but really delicious.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Ghana Among The Top 8

What does Ghana have in common with Venezuela?

Well, both countries recently made the list of the top eight countries for taking bribes. Not a list to aspire to, but they made it nonetheless.

Read this article to find out the the good company that they are in.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Of interest to potters

We work hard to make all of our workshops unique.
This time we've outdone ourselves because we are offering a rare opportunity to interact with Ghanaian housepainters without traveling to the north.
Aba House will host a workshop July 11-24, 2010 that is of particular interest to potters, visual artists and teachers of African culture.
Women from northern Ghana will paint a wall at Aba House and workshop participants can join in.
Other activities include working with contemporary potters in Accra, traditional potters in Vume ( a village made famous by Michael Cardew) , building a paper kiln, visiting galleries and museums and more...more...more.