Category Archives: Accountability

Get Out Your Binoculars


“Family quarrels have a total bitterness unmatched by others.  Yet it sometimes happens that they also have a kind of tang, a pleasantness beneath the unpleasantness, based on the tacit understanding that this is not for keeps; that any limb … Continue reading

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New Post at Urban Times: “Buy Locally, Sustain Globally”


I’m over at Urban Times again today with a post about sustainability and the importance of buying local.  The following is an excerpt, but you can read the post in its entirety here: “We have all heard the buzz word … Continue reading

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My Heart Sank…and then lifted a little


When I heard on Tuesday night that North Carolina voted to enact an amendment to its state constitution that bans same-sex marriage, my heart sank.  My heart sank for all of the couples and families and children of same-sex relationships … Continue reading

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Memories of Sixth Grade Gym Class


I am standing against the gym wall, one of only two girls who have not yet been chosen by a team. Pick me.  Please pick me. Don’t let me be the last person picked. Please God. I push my glasses … Continue reading

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Giving Voices to the Voiceless


It was hot that Tuesday morning.  Oppressively hot.  The sun was just rising and already the day was blanketed in stifling heat.  Cruel and unrelenting heat. Teams of migrant workers – many from Mexico and in Illinois for just a … Continue reading

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Do Celebrities Inspire Volunteerism?


How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. – Anne Frank We are a celebrity-obsessed culture.   We devour the contents of People, US Weekly and Life & Style (I, personally, experience … Continue reading

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Living Right, Doing Right, and Demanding More


With news headlines filled with injustice, violence, and oppression, it is hard not to feel overwhelmed.  We are outraged by the Trayvon Martin travesty and we want answers.  But there are none.  We feel helpless and angry and confused. We … Continue reading

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