Mrs. Nagel, my fourth grade teacher, was a master of cultivating wonder in the classroom. Our class adopted a tree on our school playground. We visited this tree every other week all throughout the year, and Mrs. Nagel asked us to write about the way the tree changed through the seasons. I looked forward to … Continue reading The Power of Wonder: A Joyful Subversion
I am white, and I am a Christian, and I believe white Christians, by and large, do not understand racism. I know I do not fully understand racism. We are a large part of the problem, and we must change. Ignorance is…Ignorance When I was growing up, I learned about the Civil War and about … Continue reading What I Didn’t Understand About Racism: White People (And Especially White Christians), We Must Change
I believe that Love is stronger than anything, although I will admit that sometimes I have a hard time remembering this--especially when things are very difficult in the world. Love is the power that allows us to recognize and honor the light in everyone and to cultivate it in ourselves and others. The "light in … Continue reading Three Things Love is Stronger Than and Why It is Stronger: Overcoming Our Darkness
President Trump suffers from significant self-loathing, although at first glance, it certainly seems like the opposite is true. Self-Loathing or Self-Love? The President constantly engages in self-seeking, self-aggrandizing behavior. Donald Trump’s presidency is an extension of the Donald Trump show. He is not so concerned about how his presidency affects the U.S. He is very … Continue reading The President’s Problem, Authoritarianism and Aggression, and How We Really Make America Great Again
I am increasingly convinced that self-love rightly understood can protect us from authoritarianism and domination. Feeling Nervous About Self-Love Most of us grow up feeling nervous about self-love, and this is understandable. We learn growing up that selfishness is wrong (and certainly this is true), and that we should think of others instead of ourselves … Continue reading Fierce Love: Fortifying Ourselves against Authoritarianism and Domination
When people want to dominate, control, and silence women, they shame their bodies. This is often effective. Body shame shuts down women. Why does this happen? Malignant Messages Women receive messages all the time that their worth as a person is directly tied to arbitrary standards of beauty that someone else decides for them. Women … Continue reading On President Trump, Negging, and Women’s Bodies and Blood: It is Time to Subvert Shame
There is Something Powerful About Love The Beatles wrote "All You Need is Love." St. Augustine wrote "Love God and do whatever you please." Jesus said, in Matthew 22:37 that the two greatest commands are “to love the Lord with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself.” Zen Buddhist Monk Thich Nhat Hanh … Continue reading Is Love Enough?