Our minimalism started by chance. I left my domestic violence relationship with two suitcases, one box, and I set out across the country to my mom’s house. It obviously wasn’t my best moment, but it was definitely my bravest. I mourned the loss of so many important things, gifts from friends that I treasured, pictures,… Continue reading Minimalism as a tool for community organizing
The gasp that went around the world. That’s what it felt like. the gasp in the airplane. All three hundred of its passengers, upon seeing Puerto Rico- desde que se vio la puntita del morro. The brown foliage (usually green), the rubble, the profound sadness, the dirt like the room of someone in depression. An… Continue reading Before Maria. After Maria. Our return from the diaspora.
Pilgrimages have been around since the dawn of time. Every religion has its own. From the pilgrims of Compostela, the pilgrims of Canterbury (which we might remember from our high school English lit, shout out Chaucer), to the pilgrimages to Mecca, or the pilgrimages to the Western Wall of Temple Mount. Journeying as a means… Continue reading Van Life for the Greater Good
When an adult meets a kid for the first time, one of the first few questions is always “What grade are you in?” It is a preparation for adulthood when it becomes “What do you do?”. It is a variation of the same question, in that it somehow provides information for the interviewer to define our… Continue reading Don’t ask us what grade we are in, ask us what our passions are, ask us what we do for the world…
Our 5-year-old lives in a house without rules. No rules?! What kind of anarchy is that?! The best kind. We replaced rules with values. We honor other people and their feelings, we honor a life free of violence and filled with love, we honor our bodies, our minds, and our hearts. And thus, our behavior… Continue reading No rules! Parenting without authority.
What happens when activists go on vacation? Do they retreat to turquoise waters and white sand and bask in the sun? Yes! Do they try to meet as many change-makers as possible in hopes of finding inspiration and motivation? Absolutely! We visited Puerto Rico a few weeks ago and among other marvelous things, we volunteered… Continue reading Activists on Vacation: 300 Dogs in the Tropics
“The very word comes from the heart. Coeur is the French word for heart. It’s important to remember that this isn’t stuff that comes from the brain; it also comes from the gut.” Warren Bennis “I’m nervous but mostly excited.” uttered Ollie, five years old, behind a smile as we waited for the boarding call… Continue reading Braving it. How to Raise a Courageous Child.