My favorite personal project this year has been researching our family tree online. I love history and have always been a Civil War junkie. So, you can imagine how stoked I was to find out that Sandy’s family is an old New England clan that can trace their lineage back to the landing of the… Read More Finding Jonas
Service and sacrifice. That’s what our military has always been about. Any able-bodied US citizen who wants to sign up to defend our country surely ought to be welcomed with open arms and honored for their devotion. Last week, the president’s latest shameful tweets declared his intention to roll back Obama’s executive order allowing transgendered… Read More Military readiness and equality
Our niece came to visit us this week. She’s a typical teen, going through lots of changes and discovering herself, questioning everything. Like many of us, her most important discoveries of self don’t fit in well with her traditional Christian upbringing. It’s scary to realize your truest self isn’t what your family expected or may… Read More New York City!
“Man’s mind, stretched to a new idea, can never go back to its original dimensions.” Oliver Wendell Holmes What if we all just stopped and listened to one another? I mean really shut up and listened without a “yes, but…” ready on our lips. That yes, but… that tells the other person we’re not really… Read More Yes, but…
Feminist. I remember the term having a negative connotation when I was a young woman. The word equated to “troublemaker” or “undesirable.” I never wanted to be those things as I struggled to make my way in the world. Now I understand that oftentimes being branded a troublemaker simply means speaking your mind. Funny how… Read More Lessons on Feminism
Gay rights pioneer Gilbert Baker passed away last week. Gilbert was best known as the creative talent gave us the rainbow flag. Our flag. The symbol of the gay rights movement. Our symbol of Pride. During the Obama administration, our community made great strides toward full equality. Don’t Ask, Don’t tell was finally wiped away,… Read More Proud to be counted
Every movement or struggle for social change and equality has been met with backlash and even violence throughout history. The sea change that comes when people of conscience join forces with minority communities to demand justice is a non-violent force that may be slowed or detoured at times, but can never be stopped. These battles… Read More Privilege