Mixed Signals: Abused Goddesses Expose Violence in India

In Mixed Signals, Erin Straza muses about marketing miscellany in advertising, branding, and messaging.As a freelance writer, I often work from coffee shops to get out of my home office and be among the living. Mostly I find it helpful. Sometimes it just reminds me why it’s often nice to work alone—as an incident last week proved.I was at a coffee shop, concentrating on my work. A fellow patron did what he could to garner my attention. As I looked up, he was holding a handwritten note. SM … [Read more...]

Rest In Peace, “Amanat”

"...the opposite of faith is not doubt, but certainty. Certainty is missing the point entirely. Faith includes noticing the mess, the emptiness and discomfort, and letting it be there until some light returns.” -- Anne LamottThe Bible frequently speaks of mourning with "sackcloth and ashes", i.e., the practice of tearing your clothes and covering yourself with grime as a sign of mourning. Not just any mourning, but the mourning that breaks your heart, tears you down, and leaves you as empty a … [Read more...]