Makueni agriculture CEC Bob Kisyula holds a Baobab fruit in his office at Wote, Makueni county. [Stephen Nzioka, Standard]

Nutrition experts are leading the charge to get Kenyans to take up eating more indigenous foods to control the rise of non-communicable diseases and malnutrition. Ruth Kaloki, a lead nutritionist at Makueni County Referral Hospital, said rising cases of diseases like diabetes, some cancers, heart disease, stroke and obesity point to the need for a healthy diet.

Many of the required nutrients are found in native foods, she said, but a majority of the population largely consume rice and maize. Veronica Kanini, a farmer in Thange A, Kathiani, Kibwezi East sub-county, said she grows pumpkin, sorghum, amaranth and cowpeas, among other traditional crops.

The baobab tree, which grows mostly in arid and semi-arid regions of sub-Saharan Africa, are also common in her region. Kanini said the tree’s pulp and seeds can

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When you’re a lifestyle blogger with a growing social media following, your home is an extension of your brand. In July 2019, Anna Mae Groves, a mother of four (her eldest son lives in Arizona), and her husband, Rob, purchased a house in Cincinnati. Anna wanted a space that showcased her love of mid-century modern and Scandinavian design.

To bring her vision to life, she took on a slew of DIY projects, from board-and-batten walls to a maple headboard. “Our house doesn’t have a lot of natural character,” she says. “But when you walk in, I think what we’ve created is unexpectedly interesting.”

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house tour — family home gets a stylish makeover

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Mix and match geometric patterns.

“I like when people walk into the house and immediately see something fun,” Anna says of the white geometric wall she installed in the living room. To achieve the look, Anna took a photo with her iPhone

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“Peter was very charismatic and charming in various ways, and very complicated,” curator and photography critic Vince Aletti recounts of Peter Hujar. “He was somebody that a lot of people fell in love with very quickly.” 

Speaking over the phone from his home in New York’s East Village — where, in the 1970s and 80s, Peter was a neighbour and close friend — Vince recalls meeting the photographer in the early 70s and bonding with him over art shows and photography in fashion magazines. (Vince is a renowned collector, his apartment famously filled with magazines, books, photography and ephemera he has compiled over the decades and, in 2019, he released Issues, a history of photography in fashion magazines drawn from his vast collection.) “I was obsessive about buying every new magazine, which Peter was not, but whenever we got together for dinner, typically before dinner or after,

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If you’re a reader of the lifestyle website Goop, you might follow their recommendations for “7 Ways to Renew Your WFH Space,” including buying an $800 countertop herb garden and a $345 coffee maker for those who have shifted to working from home. These kinds of lofty recommendations are part of the reason why three Pittsburgh women took their quarantine downtime to start The Glowt, a parody website that mocks the absurdity of lifestyle brands and wellness culture.

Pronounced like “gloat,” the website looks and acts like a Goop-style site in the spirit of other parody sites like The Onion or Reductress. Founders Emily Wentworth, Tegan Silva, and Jennifer Bouslog created the site when the pandemic hit because they wanted somewhere to channel their quarantine boredom. They launched The Glowt on Election Day in November 2020, figuring that plenty of

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