January 2018

BULLYING AT WORK OR AT SCHOOL: DO YOU OR DOES YOUR CHILD NEED HELP?

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For school age children, each state addresses bullying differently. Some cover bullying, cyber bullying and related behaviors in one law, some in multiple laws. But what state laws have in common is that they all declare that any form, type, or level of school […]

HOW TO SCHEDULE INCLUSIVE MEETINGS AND OTHER EVENTS

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Here we are into the first month of a new year and some of us are still scrambling to get organized. Sound familiar?

As you look at your 2018 calendar, you want to make sure your organization is even more inclusive this year. How do […]

December 2017

A New Year’s Resolution Your Friends Will Thank You For

new-years-eve-2238337_1920Because of how most of us were raised, we can all un-intentionally hurt others or even discriminate against them. The point is: are we willing to learn when someone takes the time to point out our mistakes and, after that, do we behave differently? 

Here’s […]

Understanding Kwanzaa

13929346818496Kwanzaa is a relatively new holiday, first created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga. But whether a holiday was created last year or centuries ago, someone and some people created it because it filled a deep human need to ritualize what gives us strength […]

A December Celebration You May Have Never Heard About

elephant-964293_1280So many schools, workplaces, faith-based and community organizations are beginning to acknowledge the many ways we celebrate the December holidays. For example, people now include Kwanzaa and Chanukah along with acknowledging Christmas celebrations.

Other communities have searched for ways to live in the West, taking part […]

March 2017

An Irish Take on Feeling Stable in Uncertain Times

ShamrocksIn times of bereavement, when that great hole of loss threatens to swallow us up, our traditions can be a holy liquid, a balm, making it is possible to swim in love and kindness even at the time of our deepest grief.  My father […]

February 2017

WARNING: Don’t “Celebrate” Black History Until You’re Ready to Broaden the Discussion

BHMI’m all for celebrating the accomplishments of people of all backgrounds – of course! But, sometimes, we can minimize the depth of people’s experiences by turning heritage month celebrations into lists of who invented what.

We can do better than that!

Sometimes, those of us who […]

Lady Liberty’s Shame

refugeesI have not written an article in a few months for several reasons. I did take some time off to have my hip replaced – yah! I’m doing great and just walked 8 blocks today. But, more than any personal reasons, the U.S. Presidential […]

October 2016

Of course you can have fun this Halloween… without being that obnoxious person at the party!

 

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Celebrities have gotten lots of press (and NOT the kind they want!) by wearing culturally insensitive Halloween costumes. How can you know what is appropriate or inappropriate to wear?

This Halloween, let the STAR be your guide:

S – Sensitivity

T – Trust

A – Appreciation

R – Respect

S […]

September 2016

WHY I LOVE STORYTELLING FESTIVALS

town-lg-513x302THE NATIONAL STORYTELLING FESTIVAL

What could be better than stepping on a stage in front of an audience that already loves and knows storytelling and, in a very real sense, already loves you just because you’re there?

The times I have been fortunate enough to be […]

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