“The Resistance”

  "Oppression greets us from all angles. Oppression wails from the soldiers radio and floats through tear gas clouds in the air. Oppression explodes with every sound bomb and sinks deeper into the heart of the mother who has lost her son. But resistance is nestled in the cracks in the wall, resistance flows from … Continue reading “The Resistance”

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“This has to stop.”

As I prepare to leave for Turkey, and as I continue to absorb the onslaught of the news and reflect on this harrowing summer, the words of Rachel Corrie echo,* written in an e-mail to her mother from Rafah, Gaza three days before her death: I'm having a hard time right now. Just feel sick … Continue reading “This has to stop.”

Lessons From Steubenville

This piece was originally published on the Kenyon Observer blog, describing the importance of comprehensive sexual assault education and bystander intervention.  Trigger Warning: The following includes descriptions and links to content that may serve as a trigger for victims of sexual violence. For four consecutive years I’ve attended the training session necessary to host parties on this … Continue reading Lessons From Steubenville

ثورة

A Prayer by Naguib Mahfouz from Echoes of an Autobiography, translated by Denys Johnson-Davies I was less than seven years old when I said a prayer for the revolution. One morning I went to my primary school escorted by the maid. I walked like someone being led off to prison. In my hand was a copybook, … Continue reading ثورة

On “Tolerance”

"The connotations of 'tolerance' are deeply problematic. Allow me to elaborate on this point: the root of the term 'tolerance' comes from medieval toxicology and pharmacology , marking how much poison a body could 'tolerate' before it would succumb to death. Is this the best we can do? Is it our task to figure out … Continue reading On “Tolerance”

“Arbitrary Moments of Nearly Painful Happiness”

"There are random moments —tossing a salad, coming up the driveway to the house, ironing the seams flat on a quilt square, standing at the kitchen window and looking out at the delphiniums, hearing a burst of laughter from one of my children’s rooms— when I feel a wavelike rush of joy. This is my … Continue reading “Arbitrary Moments of Nearly Painful Happiness”

Remembering Katrina

"If there is any real, fundamental danger to America (as opposed to all of Fox’s made-up stuff, that is), this is it: That the country will fail because its government does not provide even minimally competent services to its citizens." -Mark Coatney This is belated but still worth posting. I went for a week of … Continue reading Remembering Katrina

we didn’t start the fire

"... we are seeing forces that cannot ultimately be stopped by anyone - until they have wrought the hideous consequences so many zealots on all sides desire." Andrew Sullivan discussing the current political and emotional climate. My heart aches... I seriously pray he is wrong. As I have grown and sought my education and broadened … Continue reading we didn’t start the fire

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Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue, a wonderful living side by side can grow, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see the other whole against the sky. Rainer Maria Rilke