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A Call for Conversation

A Call for Conversation

There is a lot of buzz about Waiting for “Superman,” the movie about the educational system in the US. Now, buzz can be good and bad.  Our kids and our educational system need some buzz, so I was excited to see that there is talk popping up around the film.  The buzz seemed positive at […]

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Justin Exists

Justin Exists

Last week a former student of mine got assaulted on Augsburg’s campus in Minneapolis, MN for being gay.  He asked me to tell everyone his story, so here it is.  I met Justin in the classroom first.  He did not thrive in a desk, but he is brilliant, and I could tell right away.  He […]

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Hunger in Haiti

Hunger in Haiti

My spouse works for an organization called Lutheran World Relief, who has community development projects in many countries, including Haiti.  The entire staff decided to try to eat for a week under the average food budget in Haiti.  The highly disputed number, after converting it to US dollars, was $34.33, about $5 a day.  This […]

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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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