I remember my first class across Universities (this is a great advantage when living in a city with several Universities: you get to take courses from each, and they all work together towards your degree). He was a young visiting Professor from Spain, teaching in our nation’s capital for the first time. He had this green air about him, which beamed of complete abandonment to … Continue reading Simplicity
You ought to know what it means to be carelessly dismissed You ought to know what it feels like to be despised You ought to know what makes people so cold and indifferent to you You ought to know so you might stop dismissing despising coldly ignoring You ought to know what it’s like to be on the receiving end of what you … Continue reading You ought to know
“The hole is permanent and you mold yourself through the gaps.” (The Girl on the Train) “Keeping racism alive allows for a group of people to be always beneath the majority. The belief in this group’s ‘inferiority’ makes the dream of upward mobility for the rest a possibility, while simultaneously guaranteeing the elite’s tight grip on power.” (My Notes) Continue reading More much loved quotes
There are a lot of concerns when you are raising kids, at any time, but our time, is especially challenging because we have ever fragmenting communities. They say it takes a village to raise a child, well the village has changed, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing! We are all a small piece in this ever widening puzzle of humanity, and the picture is … Continue reading Raising Conscientious Kids
Someone in my community just wrote an opinion piece in the paper relating a recent incident that happened to her, in which she became acutely aware of the meaning of the expression “white privilege.” I read the article, and listened to her subsequent radio interview. She has gotten a lot of slack over this, apparently. I’ve had occasional encounters with her via a social media group … Continue reading Entitled
I or you? Yous or us? Savagely trying to get to the bottom of it Am I right? On and on In vicious circles Crowds cheering on the wild merry-go-round Loosing sight of what’s beyond Lost in a dizzying brawl of self-righteousness Heads spinning out of control But the earth’s cycle is slower We’re caught in our very own whirlwind Destructive ego Sight is blurred … Continue reading Better
Identity is problematic because it’s a story; depending on who tells it, you get a different version. It is heard, believed, or questioned, whether it’s completely fictional, or based on a handful of observable facts, people internalize it according to their own personal perspective. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Identity is extremely unstable, unreliable, and yet we relentlessly pursue its purification, its crystallization, … Continue reading Identity: an exercise in flexibility
I don’t fit in any box. Trust me, I tried! White? Not quite. Christian? No longer. Jewish? Some say it’s very likely. Muslim? Yes, but no matter how many decades I’ve practiced, I’m still, and always will be “new.” Native? Only if you know me, apparently! Swiss? Yes, of course, but you’d never guess! Canadian? Certainly! As long as you take all my other identities … Continue reading Who am I?