These $108 Lululemon Meditation Beads Seem Worth It

I feel relaxed even looking at that corporate logo! Lululemon, a brand of exercise wear notorious for attracting an extremely centered and meditative clientele, is selling $108 Practice Patience Mala Beads to "help focus the mind and set a mantra or intention in meditation, inspiring us to practice patience and… » 1/12/15 3:30pm 1/12/15 3:30pm

Get Your Beads Away From My Vagina

A new product called CycleBeads purports to help women become the overlords of their ovaries by charting their menstrual cycles using a necklace and a rubber ring. Every which way I turn, someone company somewhere is trying to get their bead-shaped product near my vagina. Please stop this. Please get those beads away… » 10/25/11 5:00pm 10/25/11 5:00pm

Woman Alive: More Crafts For Fun

It must've been a weird time for crafting back in the early-'70s. Women were trying to shed the stereotypical role of housewifery, and lumped in with that were those crafts — womanly arts — that were closely associated with being a woman, like knitting and sewing. But at the same time, a D.I.Y. movement was… » 10/16/08 6:00pm 10/16/08 6:00pm

Good Beads

Deborah Potter runs the Village Earth Bead Market in Philadelphia, where she does more than simply help her customers make beaded projects, she also helps Kenyan girls go to school » 8/08/08 10:40am 8/08/08 10:40am. Potter works in conjunction with , a nonprofit group that sends almost 300 Masai girls to school in a country (Kenya) where rural girls…