How do you think of Christmas time? Over the past few decades, I’ve come to see winter as a time of peace. A time to pull inward; a time for personal reflection and a time to breath in the wonder and awe in the world around me. The story that most connects me to the power… more »
An Interview from EsmeSalon.com Interview with Janet Givens from “Author Janet Givens” Late this summer I was featured on the EsmeSalon.com blog where I answered 20 questions: 10 about my blog and 10 about me. Reciprocity being what it is, I’m posting it here for those who might have missed it last September. In… more »
Why is talking about race so hard?
Our post this week, on the 50th anniversary of the protest at the Winter Olympics, begins the conversation.
Yesterday was “giving Tuesday,” a fairly new idea. And a global movement, I hasten to add. And I’m late, I know; my posts come out on Wednesdays. STILL, this seems a “better late than never” opportunity. So here we go. As I write this on Monday night, I see that over $300,000,000 in gifts has… more »
Norman Rockwell shows us one way to celebrate Thanksgiving. There’s an interesting backstory to this painting, which I’ll share quickly. This is one of “The Four Freedoms,” paintings inspired by FDR’s 1941 State of the Union address. All four — Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear — were wildly popular… more »
Following up on last month’s Talking About Race post, we’ll look at two rather different ways to talk about racism: as a problem within an individual and as a problem within the larger society. Who here is racist? Raise your hand. No one admits to being racist, of course. But what if we… more »
On this night of the 2018 election, with results trickling in, I’m focused on finding gratitude for the 2016 election. Hang in there; I’m making lemonade. So much has changed for me in the past two years. Perhaps you can identify. I learned the extent to which racism still exists in this country… more »
On November 4 it’ll be time to turn our clocks again — Jet lag without the hassle of airplane security and cramped seats. I can hardly wait. Those of you who have followed me for awhile know I have done bi-annual rants against changing our clocks (in either direction; it matters little) in the hope… more »
Today I’m writing an overtly political post, and one that I’m sure you’ll find uncomfortable to read — though not nearly as uncomfortable as it must have been for the young woman experiencing it. I hope you’ll be uncomfortable. Better yet, I hope that discomfort will move you, as it did me. This is a… more »