You ought to know

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…

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More much loved quotes

“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…

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Raising Conscientious Kids

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…

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Entitled

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…

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Better

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…

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Identity: an exercise in flexibility

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,…

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Who am I?

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?…

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