Expanding Our Empathy for the Refugee Crisis

  I hold two passports, for two nationalities. Two passports which both rank in the top five most powerful passports in the world. Between these two documents, few places are restricted to me. I can travel, and have travelled, all over the world, rarely questioned. I have worked in foreign countries. All of Europe is […]

Sweet Tea and Sympathy for Invisible Women

By Melinda Jackson Lalrinthangi is invisible.  I meet her operating her makeshift vegetable stand in the golden rays of Northeast India’s morning sun. Cabbage, Bird’s Eye chilies, bitter gourds, okra. The sun has just risen over Mizoram state, illuminating the hillside city of Aizawl for a crisp, January day. My husband and I were just […]

Don’t Tell Me I’m a Good Person

It wasn’t easy for me growing up. My best Christmas ever was very close to being my most crushing. It was the year I desperately wanted an E.T. doll. I wanted that doll so bad, I could almost see it. I talked about it non-stop. That year, I could sense something was different with my […]

Good News for Girls: Stars + Skateboards + Peace Journalism

Living With Our Heritage: Folks in Sudbury, Ontario (Canada) had largely forgotten who they were. Sudbury’s long history of mining had convinced its residents (and the rest of the country) that it was ugly.  Until some folks set out to remind their fellow citizens that they are beautiful, drawing from the past and present. You’ll […]

TGIF: The Miracle of Building a Well (And Feeling ALL THE THINGS)

There are very few things I’m proud of. 1. I can make a perfectly cooked egg sunny side up, without popping the yolk. 2. I know all the words to Shania Twain’s song, “That Don’t Impress Me Much.” (Yup. I see the irony there.) 3. I use self-deprecation as a strategic tool to make strangers […]