- Of course if no one had ever been exposed to dangerous ideas from scandalous women, Christianity itself would not have had its unique beginning nor its glorious history, but whatever. -Because in the end, we aren’t punished for our sins as much as we are punished by our sins.
I have come to realize that all the saints I’ve known have been accidental ones — people who inadvertently stumbled into redemption like they were looking for something else at the time, people who have just a wee bit of a drinking problem and manage to get sober and help others to do the same, people who... Continue Reading →
Shame hates it when we reach out and tell our story. It hates having words wrapped around it—it can’t survive being shared. Shame loves secrecy. The most dangerous thing to do after a shaming experience is hide or bury our story. When we bury our story, the shame metastasizes. I remember saying out loud: “I... Continue Reading →
The Leopard of Little Breezes yawned up and farther off from the rooftops of Omaha, Nebraska, to which September did not even wave good-bye. One ought not to judge her: All children are heartless. They have not grown a heart yet, which is why they can climb tall trees and say shocking things and leap so very high... Continue Reading →
This is an excerpt from the poem February 12, 1963: I am born as the South explodes, too many people too many years enslaved, then emancipated but not free, the people who look like me keep fighting and marching and getting killed so that today - February 12, 1963 and everyday from this moment on, brown... Continue Reading →
Do you remember at what point in your life you realized that something was amiss, and that society played a huge, mostly negative, role in reinforcing gender bias?
I'd rather be wrong by giving grace than by withholding it.
Today, while it is generally considered to be offensive or prejudiced to openly discriminate against someone for being female, discriminating against someone’s femininity is still considered fair game.
First, when we shame and blame, it moves the focus from the original behavior in question to our own behavior. I had to use this quote today. Shaming isn't the right answer to anything. It seems to only serve to make the person doing it feel like they have some power over... Continue Reading →
There have been public gatherings condemning the violence in Lahore since my visit as well. At least six hundred “members of civil rights organizations, singers and students” attended a candlelight vigil at the Liberty Roundabout and a rally at the Press Club in May 2012 after militant attacks on mosques belonging to the minority Ahmadi... Continue Reading →