About to Read, Book Review, Parenting, Review

About to Read: Poisoning Our Children: The Parent’s Guide to the Myths of Safe Pesticides by André Leu

As a long-time **coughsnoteventwoyearscoughs** parent, I have been reading even more, lately, about the harmful effects of non-organic food in our health. On the one hand, I do not wish to become an alarmist, claiming that something (in this case, non-organic book) is the answer to all our woes.  I believe in a balanced approach… Read More About to Read: Poisoning Our Children: The Parent’s Guide to the Myths of Safe Pesticides by André Leu

Community Development, Hope, Virtues

The Interplay Between Hope and Despair: Helping Hope Win

After what happened in February 2018 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, I wrote a series of posts about school shootings.  It came right before a pre-planned hiatus, just in time for the Bahá’í Fast.  I had intended to start blogging again right after the Bahá’í New Year (21 March), but I… Read More The Interplay Between Hope and Despair: Helping Hope Win

Community, Community Building, Community Development, Empowerement

It’s Not Just About School Shootings: The Broader Picture, and What We Can Do

This week’s posts were written with the victims of school shootings in mind—from those who died to their families, including those who survived and will carry the trauma with them for a long time. I started off the week with a list of immediately actionable things that each one of us can do.  I then… Read More It’s Not Just About School Shootings: The Broader Picture, and What We Can Do

Equality

Complex Thinking for Complex Times: Balancing Everyone’s Rights

We are not living in simple times anymore.  These complex times require complex thinking.  We are being challenged, as a society, to think about new solutions to problems unique because of the advances humans have made in the last 200 years. Because of the speed with which we are advancing and because of the interconnectedness… Read More Complex Thinking for Complex Times: Balancing Everyone’s Rights

Community, Community Building, Community Development

Barriers to Help The Weakest Links in our Communities

Yesterday’s post was all about personal action that can be taken to eradicate gun violence.  And while personal action is an essential part of the solution, so is engaging in the overall conversation about guns.  None of us, as individuals, has the solution to this problem; but each one of us holds an important insight… Read More Barriers to Help The Weakest Links in our Communities

Love, Virtues

Some Thoughts on True Love: Guest Post by Adeeb Afshar

{ This guest post was written by my friend and brother from another mother, Adeeb } I felt it appropriate to write about love since Valentine’s Day was just last week. This is the one holiday that I actually loathe. Yes, I am being “buh humbug” about it because lately, I feel like love has… Read More Some Thoughts on True Love: Guest Post by Adeeb Afshar

Community, Community Building, Community Development

Little Things We Can All Do to Create a Safe World (aka No More School Shootings)

We all saw the news last week of yet another school shooting.  I have to say that I am fed up that so many children and teenagers in the United States could, one day, be faced with a shooter in their own school.  It shouldn’t happen, and yet it does. I remember going through safety… Read More Little Things We Can All Do to Create a Safe World (aka No More School Shootings)

Beauty, Body Image, Family, Pregnancy

Embracing Your ‘Mom Bod’: Guest Post by The Honest Mom

{ This guest post was written by fellow mom and blogger, The Honest Mom } Motherhood is tough, but what happens to a Mother’s body is even tougher. We go through 10 months (they tell you it’s 9, but it’s all lies! 40 weeks=10 months!) of drastic and intense body changes, internally and externally. While… Read More Embracing Your ‘Mom Bod’: Guest Post by The Honest Mom

Community, Community Building, Community Development

Don’t Blame Math; Blame the Mathematician

There is a lot of blame going around nowadays.  I’m not sure if this is something that has always been a part of our collective discourse—have humans always focused so much of their energy on finding someone to blame for anything they weren’t happy with? As someone who is very religious, I have found myself… Read More Don’t Blame Math; Blame the Mathematician

Community Building, Media, Personal Development

Portrait Photography: Stroking The Ego or Immortalising Memories?

At a recent playdate, the conversation turned towards portrait photography.  Many of the babies at the playdate were turning one within the next few months, and their mothers were eager to capture this milestone by booking a family portrait session with their preferred local photographer. Portrait Photography: Immortalising the Evolution of a Family Who doesn’t… Read More Portrait Photography: Stroking The Ego or Immortalising Memories?