The Truth About Gender

When I was a teenager I wrote some articles for an anti-feminist website. Now, many years later, I consider myself a feminist. Because I learned that it means believing that women are human beings and people have equal rights. Women don’t need to have advantages over men just as men don’t need to have advantages over women. We can all co-exist as equals.  There is a trap that a lot of people fall into of thinking that how they experience… Read more

Making Connections

This past weekend I was at a conference in Massachusetts. One of the talks that I went to was about cultural misappropriation, which is always a good topic for me to engage with. There wasn’t a lot of new information for me, but it was good to talk about it with new people and get new perspectives. One thing the moderator brought up was the idea that if you are taking something from traditions that aren’t yours (or your ancestors’)… Read more

Scripture Study: Bhagavad Gita, book three verses 13-15

We are doing a scripture study together: reading along through some scriptures and discussing the passages. From the Winthrop Sargeant translation of The Gita… 13. The good, who eat the remainder of the sacrifice, Are released from all evils, But the wicked, who cook only for their own sake, Eat their own impurity. 14. Beings exist from food, Food is brought into being by the rain God, The rain God is cherished through sacrifice, Sacrifice is brought into being by action…. Read more

My Diwali 2015

What a week it has been! Super busy. Brad had a birthday party on Saturday and then I had an eight hour work shift on Sunday. Monday I had an appointment with the midwife, which meant dropping Brad off at work early in the morning and driving about thirty minutes. I find that pretty exhausting so I was beat for the rest of the day. Then Tuesday I got a surprise work day. I had thought I was working Wednesday… Read more

New Comment System from WorldTable

Patheos is partnering with a new comment system created by World Table. The folks over there are trying to work on an innovative solution for trolls and  nonconstructive comments. I’m super excited to see how it will work and what kinds of changes it will bring to the world of Internet commenting. Learn more about it at their website here: https://www.worldtable.co/ This system is going to give you the readers a lot of control over the community. You’ll have the chance… Read more

I Don’t Like Kimmy Schmidt (What It’s Really Like to Leave a Cult)

There’s a show now created by Tina Fey (whose work I do like) called The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. And it’s doing quite well, which really surprises me. I watched the first few episodes and found it so absurdly unrealistic that I couldn’t continue. The premise is that Kimmy Schmidt was one of three young women in a doomsday cult kept underground in a bunker but that her spirit and hope was never broken and once she is liberated she uses that Pollyanna… Read more

White Hindu Conversations Part Six

Someone on Facebook in a Hindu group posts a chart of Hinduism and for modern philosophies it includes only Advaita. A man comments that he’s a born Hindu and doesn’t see himself represented. I note that the chart seems to be missing quite a few sects, branches, and philosophies. His response? Hindu is group of sects and sect are not rigid like abrahamic religions So I’m agreeing with him that he doesn’t seem to be represented but his response is… Read more

Karma is not your bitch

There’s a popular phrase in America “Karma’s a bitch.” It’s used when the speaker hears of something bad happening to someone they think deserved it. Sometimes I think Americans have an okay grasp of the concept of karma. But then I hear that phrase and I want to force them all to sit down and read Karma Misunderstood! It’s like they think karma is the name of some vengeful Goddess of justice. Karma is not a person. It’s a law… Read more

New Clothes

Whenever I read up on celebrating Hindu holidays they almost always include the instruction that women buy new clothes to wear for the festivities. Are people really doing that? Do you buy new clothes for the holidays? I feel a little bad that I won’t be wearing something new for Diwali. But I almost never buy new clothes. Less than once a year really. And I already have more than enough saris. Do people regularly donate or get rid of… Read more

Diwali 2015 [Hindu Holiday]

So first off we went to the midwife yesterday and everything went great. We heard the fetus’s heartbeat! It was pretty amazing. Helped to make it all feel real and the pain I’m going through worth it. The midwife was concerned about my mental state, though, and she is sending me to a therapist so I can hopefully get out of this funk and enjoy my pregnancy! One of the biggest Hindu holidays of the year is coming up next… Read more

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