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Continuum of Violence

Continuum of Violence

Disclaimer: This may not be very coherent or well written.  I attribute it to simultaneous shock, outrage and deep gender fatigue.  Some things just need to be said, even if they are not said well, until things change. Thursday was the first Vikings game of the season.  I like watching football, and I like the […]

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More than Eleanor, Por Favor

More than Eleanor, Por Favor

This fall I am team teaching a course on social justice to high school seniors with three men.  I noticed that they had very few women up on their walls, the room saturated with amazing men like Malcolm X, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Caesar Chavez and Nelson Mandela.  I think it would have been great […]

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Oh, Hollywood

Oh, Hollywood

Have you heard of the Bechdel Test for movies?  When watching a movie, ask 3 simple questions: 1) Are there 2 or more women in the film who are named? 2) Do the women talk to each other? 3) Do the women talk to each other about something other than a man? Subscribe to this […]

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How Yoga Broke An Anti-fad Athlete

How Yoga Broke An Anti-fad Athlete

I am normally actively anti-fad. I have not read Harry Potter or Twilight or The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I don’t own Uggs or leggings, I never bought a banana clip in the 80s, or fell for a boy band in the late 90s or got a Chinese symbol tattooed on my lower back […]

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Trophies

Trophies

After moving out of my parent’s house twelve years ago, my mom finally made me go through my desk, window seat and closet to clean my mementos out.  She laughed as I walked by her in the kitchen on my eighth trip to the recycling bin in the garage with piles of old papers, tests […]

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And the right thing is what, exactly?

And the right thing is what, exactly?

For as long as I can remember, I have believed in the processes of disturbing the comfortable and comforting the disturbed.  I personally was born into an extremely comfortable life, so I find myself intentionally seeking out disturbing situations.  The seeking is usually on my time and my terms, which itself is privileged.  I never […]

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The Power of Stuff

The Power of Stuff

There is a scene in one of my favorite moves, The Mission, where Robert DiNero’s character is scaling a waterfall dragging his old armor, seemingly as penance as he transitions from violent solider to peaceful Jesuit.  The scaling itself looks difficult, and his added arsenal of “stuff” makes it nearly impossible.  He slips, and his […]

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30

30

Friday I turned thirty. I had been told over and over by other women, young and old, to dread this day with all of my being.   A middle aged woman named Sandy told me a horror story about how she cried for days before, during and after she turned thirty as she thought her life […]

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Our New Closets

Our New Closets

On a rainy Tuesday, my thoughts keep wandering back to contact theory.  I have nothing new or brilliant to add, but at times my circular thought gets so consuming that I have to write it out. Last night, a friend told a story of pressure his parents received to have an abortion instead of having […]

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Why We Ditched the TV

Why We Ditched the TV

On Saturday, Dan and I put our TV in storage and put our Netflix account on hold.  We rearranged our sitting room so that it would have a new focal point.  It felt good.  It was not that we were watching four hours of TV a day like the average American, we barely watched it […]

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