Empowerement, Unity, Virtues

Good People of the World, Unite! Why Greed, Corruption, and Other Nasties are Winning

In the face of all the bad news we have been getting lately, let’s get this out there, again and again: good people are the rule, not the exception.  Which begs the question: why is the world so bad? I think it’s because good people are not organized and united. Strength in Unity Bad people… Read More Good People of the World, Unite! Why Greed, Corruption, and Other Nasties are Winning

Community, Community Building, Community Development, Family, Parenting

Bringing New Parents Up Rather Than Bringing Them Down: Achieving the “Unachievable”

We made it!  My husband, baby, and I have survived our little one’s first 24 months, “despite” being new parents! I say “survive” and “despite”, because according to most parents who gave us unsolicited advice when they found out we were pregnant, having a child marks the end of everything good in our lives. Seriously.… Read More Bringing New Parents Up Rather Than Bringing Them Down: Achieving the “Unachievable”

Empowerement, Personal Development

We Have The Power: Lighting the Entire World, One Small Candle At a Time

I always get such a surge of messages when I write about the power I believe that good people have.  It’s interesting to note how many believe in the power of good, but not in their own power, although they are, themselves, good people. I mean, I highly doubt one of those super greedy CEOs… Read More We Have The Power: Lighting the Entire World, One Small Candle At a Time

Arts

Socially Engaged Art in Relation to The Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program { Guest Post }

{ This post was written by my lovely and supremely talented friend, Shirin } The Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program is a Baha’i sponsored program for youth aged 11 to 15 years old aimed towards thinking about their inner lives and actions and how they can contribute to the betterment of their community through service… Read More Socially Engaged Art in Relation to The Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program { Guest Post }

Racism

In Honor of Honor: Six Things We Can Do In the Wake of the August 2017 Charlottesville Events

The dark, August days in 2017 after the events in Charlottesville saw a surge of internauts searching my posts for ideas on how to build vibrant, healthy communities.  In the ensuing exchanges of emails with some of my readers, I came to realise that, although I do not believe in racism, very few posts address… Read More In Honor of Honor: Six Things We Can Do In the Wake of the August 2017 Charlottesville Events

Family, Parenting, Pregnancy

PostPartum Body Acceptance: The Struggle is Real

In the face of everything else that a woman has to face in the postpartum period—namely, her brand-new baby and all that it entails—there isn’t much time, initially, to think about herself.  Showers, makeup and hair, and eating are only some of the things that seem to fly out of the window during those first… Read More PostPartum Body Acceptance: The Struggle is Real

Community Building, Community Development, Equality, Gender Identity, Gender Studies

A Four Step Action Plan So That #metoo Can Become #neveragain

The #metoo movement was quite intense, to say the least.  I knew that the prevalence of harassment was high, but some unexpected people in my circle of friends came out with their own #metoo stories that had me shook. It has also been very hard on the men in my circle of friends, who have… Read More A Four Step Action Plan So That #metoo Can Become #neveragain

Family, Gender Identity, Gender Studies, Parenting

Raising Strong Girls in a Princess Obsessed World { Guest Post }

{ This guest post was written by a friend and fellow Star Wars loving mom, Miquela. } Four years ago, I gave birth to a beautiful little girl. My husband and I had decided we did not want to know the sex of the baby beforehand. We enjoyed thinking about our little baby without the… Read More Raising Strong Girls in a Princess Obsessed World { Guest Post }

Fuller House, Review, TV, TV Review

Why Fuller House Is Worth A Watch Especially By The Most Cynical Of Us All

Let’s just get it out of the way: I really like Fuller House.  I acknowledge its negative sides but embrace it for the heartwarming, old-school, things-can-be-simple, fun family show that it is. One of the recurrent questions I get when I mention the show to others is how I can bear to sit through half… Read More Why Fuller House Is Worth A Watch Especially By The Most Cynical Of Us All

Community Building

Going Back to Basics: What Walking in Little Shoes Can Teach You { Guest Post }

{ This guest post was written by a beloved friend of mine, Nelli. } There are so many poignant things happening all around the world these days.  Within just a few minutes of scrolling through my news feed, I can feel completely devastated, then blissfully hopeful, then utterly disgusted, then surprisingly intrigued… Images, videos, shocking… Read More Going Back to Basics: What Walking in Little Shoes Can Teach You { Guest Post }