Using White Privilege for Good

In the last few years I have been fortunate enough to be connected with many people who are exploring the ideas of racism and racial privilege. I had a lot of learning to do and it's an ongoing process as I learn to set aside my own opinions to really listen to the opinions of those whose voices are not as easily heard as mine. (Here are some great essays and cartoons to get you started if this is a new concept for you too!)Even when I'm not being racist myself and even though I'm not per … [Read more...]

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The Bindi and the Job Interview

Over the summer I quit my office job to write full time. It turns out that I was a little premature in that decision and our budget is stretched far too tight for comfort right now. So I started looking for a part time job near our home to supplement my writing income. It had to be part time and it had to be close enough to our house for me to walk because my husband and I share one car.As I put in applications at Target, Subway, Game Stop, and grocery stores I started to wonder about my … [Read more...]

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Collections and Storage

What is it about collecting things? It seems like human beings just love to gather and collect sets of things. I see the video games and board games I play take advantage of this instinct. There's something so satisfying about having a selection of related things, whether for a practical purpose (like those head scarves we've been talking about this week!) or decorative.I enjoy gathering things, putting them together, planning for new things to add. It makes me feel warm and comforted. I'm … [Read more...]

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Visibility, Passing, and Bindis

It's always fascinating to me how many concerns and issues are the same across different religious communities. I enjoy reading the essays and stories of other young people who are religious, whether they are Jewish, Muslim, Christian, or something else. The other day I ran across this great blog written by a Jewish woman who covers her hair.She has a number of posts talking about visibility as a Jew.She wears a head covering that is distinctly Jewish and so marks her as a member of that … [Read more...]

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