Hope in a Hopeless World

A friend of mine recently posted this video on facebook.  It’s worth watching.  But I’ll warn you–it’s bleak.   Just because it’s rather depressing doesn’t mean we shouldn’t watch it.  It’s important to be aware of the state of the world.  It doesn’t do us any good to bury our heads in the sand. But…

Paw Patrol and Five-Year-Old Feminists

October 11th was the International Day of the Girl.  I can’t say I had ever heard of this holiday before.  I can’t say we celebrated it (because, in our house, it seems that EVERYDAY is Day of the Girl (and Boys)).  And that was my next question–is there an International Day of the Boy? But…

Day of the Dead: Cultural Interchange

“Celebrations like Día de los Muertos are gaining popularity in the U.S. because the spiritual awareness gives integrity to the festivities that have been denuded of spiritual meaning.  The only way to keep the integrity of the holiday is to retain its primary purpose: the unification of the communion of saints and a cheeky nod to death.” -Meghan…

Mexico’s Anton Dvorak

Listening to classical music on the radio, I get transported every time they play Aaron Copeland, Gershwin, or Dvorak’s New World Symphony.  For me, nothing evokes the USA quite as well as music from these geniuses.  (Yes, I know Dvorak was Czech, but honestly–is there anything more evocative than the New World Symphony?)  This got…

Kicking It Up a Notch–Through Unusual Means

Sometimes I daydream about going to grad school.  But for most of the programs that I’d like to go to school for, it would be useful to have a bachelor’s degree in the program.  History, music, theology . . . these are the subjects I keep going back to.  In all three areas, I’ve been…

Checking for Understanding Or Consensus?

We’re getting in the car now, OK? You’re going to take a bath, OK? It’s time to go to the doctor, OK? I asked questions like this all the time.  Everybody does, right? But is this what we really want to be asking our kids?  Do we want them to agree with us that it’s…