February 4, 2017

Photo: By Oxfam East Africa - New arrivals wait to get processed, CC BY 2.0,

Pennsylvania's capitol, Harrisburg, will be back in the spotlight this weekend with another rally. Harrisburg, a city that is vibrant with restaurants and annual festivals, is carving a place in history with its active residents. The Immigrants'-Rights Rally/ Immigrant Solidarity March will be held on the steps of the Harrisburg Capitol building on Sun...

January 29, 2017

My grandmother’s grandparents ( or something like that ) come from a farm at the edge of nowhere. I went to visit once, six hours north of Chicago. Standing out front, an expanse of open nothingness as far as I could see. We could have left the car running in the center of the road for an hour. Silence and space in every direction, not even a tree.

Like her at age ninety, the house was hardly standing. A historical ma...

January 29, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. MARCH

Mary Beth, Baltimore, MD

Voted in 2016 Election

What are some of the key issues that concern you in regards to women?

Health care/reproductive rights and workplace equality.

First off, pregnancy should not be considered a pre-existing condition and insurance coverage should never be withheld or have outrageous premiums because of it. As far as the abortion argument goes, if and when my daughter is old enough...

January 27, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. MARCH

Melinda Baxter, Woolwich, ME

Voted in 2016 Election

What inspired you to go?

Feeling incredulous about Trump's election and the hate speech and rhetoric of his campaign, I felt like my voice, and my 12 year old daughter's voice, needed to be heard. I felt scared about our future and wanted to take tangible action and not stay passive.

What are some of the key issues that concern you in regards to women?

Reprod...

January 26, 2017

On Saturday, January 21st, millions of women across the U.S. marched to show solidarity in times of uncertainty. Women stood up and let lawmakers know their voices will be heard. From Los Angeles to St. Paul, from Chicago to Washington, D.C., cities swelled with large numbers of not only women, but men, too.  Estimates currently range from 3.2 to 5 million people who peacefully protested.

To put that number in perspective, Wash...

January 8, 2017

A new year is here, and I am so happy.  All my western friends and students have taught me about your tradition of setting New Years resolutions. I love it! Many times people come to see me and ask for suggestions for their resolutions or they write me with excitement about a new resolution they are making.  

It often seems like only one week later many people are back to old ways and habits and resolutions are the ambit...

November 16, 2016

A Buddhist monk friend, Venerable Bhante Sujatha, travels worldwide spreading the message of mindfulness. Mindfulness is a practice where one becomes aware of their thoughts, feelings, environment in the present moment and chooses not to judge, or at the very least, think about the best possible solution for everyone, the most peaceful way, before speaking or acting.

"Before we say or do or act, we have to think!" says Bhante.

Y...

October 21, 2016

At an early age, my daughter declared she wanted to become the first woman president. When we asked her why, she exclaimed, "because my face would be on money!" 

Fast forward to Hillary Clinton running against Barack Obama to become the Democratic presidential nominee in the 2008 primaries. My daughter's dreams were dashed with the potential that someone else beat her to it. 

"She may not win," I told my then, 11 year old. 

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October 17, 2016

I fully expected to be standing at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia last night. It was a concert venue and General Admission tickets generally meant no seats. As a newly converted copious note taker, my plan was to sit on the floor instead of awkwardly stand with notebook and pen in hand while listening to the loved, yet controversial Pastor Rob Bell. 

When my husband and I arrived, the dark room was covered in stackable ma...

June 1, 2016

Four years ago, the message “Change” was part of President Barack Obama's campaign. Bumper stickers, social media and t-shirts read “Change We Need” and “Change We Can Believe In.” In this election cycle, Republican nominee, Donald Trump touts “Make American Great Again,” while Sanders reminds his voters that there is “A Future to Believe In.”

Sanders is still hanging on as the Democratic National Convention draws near. Viewed...

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