Category Archives: societal issues

Want to Help Refugees? Win a Picture Book and Donation in Your Name!

It’s often hard to know what we can do in response to national policy, like the recent ban on immigration and refugees from several predominantly Muslim countries. Between the seemingly prejudiced way those countries were chosen, the terrible implementation, and … Continue reading

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Marching for the Future: The Women’s March on Washington

“Tell us what democracy looks like – this is what democracy looks like!” chanted by countless voices rang through the National Mall. I and two of my friends were in the middle of the Women’s March on Washington yesterday, along … Continue reading

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The Challenge and Beauty of Being an Activist Mom

Standing on the National Mall in the  February cold, I stomped my feet and tried to ignore how sore my lower back felt. Watching the stage, I strained to listen to the speakers, from Silicon Valley billionaires to Native American … Continue reading

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What Elmo Can Teach Us About Dealing with Donald Trump

Of all of the think pieces I’ve read on dealing with Donald Trump’s presidency, there is one small, furry voice that we haven’t heard from: Elmo. What on earth would innocent Elmo have anything to do with our soon-to-be President, … Continue reading

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Guest Post: How to Raise Kids Who Value Biking and Walking

Among the many skills I want to pass on to my kids, getting around on their own power is actually pretty far up there. Biking and walking places provides exercise, helps get kids outside (with all of the associated benefits!), … Continue reading

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Teaching Kids How to Serve Others at Christmas Time

“Did they have a home?” Sprout asked me. I had just finished telling him the Christmas story. “Yes, they did have a home after that,” I said, skipping the whole “escaping into Egypt” bit. While his question surprised me, it … Continue reading

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Sharing Values with Family Stories

  Sitting around the Thanksgiving table, letting the food settle before dessert, was prime storytelling time in my family. At my aunt’s house in New Jersey, we’d cram as many chairs as we could around the table. Instead of focusing … Continue reading

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