"They need to eat." -- NYTimes discovers a hidden micro-economy in the suburbs: immigrant women who work as in-home caterers (and mother figures) to day laborers from their hometowns, working for cash and providing a taste of home. Somehow this is a little sad and inspiring all at once...maybe it's because I'm almost done with this excellent book on the history of women in America.

UPDATE: And speaking of inspiring women, the BBC interviews two Afghan Olympic hopefuls, one in judo and one in track & field -- who will have to wear a tracksuit to satisfy the mullahs, but still.

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