The #HateWontWin Challenge

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How do you continue a legacy of love in the face of a horrific tragedy? The #HateWontWin Challenge Build bonds of hope. Alana Simmons began to build hope for millions of people around the world when she told Dylann Roof, the killer of her grandfather and eight other Emanuel AME Church members that "hate won't win." But honoring … [Read more...]

What’s Your Favorite Way To Celebrate The 4th Of July?

Flickr: Jeff Laitila,
Yokosuka Fireworks

The semi-official/traditional Independence Day celebration includes food outdoors with family/friends, parades and fireworks.  But do we still love our current traditions as much as the media does?    If given the chance, would we start from scratch and create a whole different set of 4th of July traditions?  Would we just modify our current ones? … [Read more...]

Equality and the Destiny of Dissenters

White House on June 26th, 2015

The joy many felt at the SCOTUS’ marriage equality ruling – and the beauty of more than a  dozen landmarks that turned rainbow last night – was marred only by diminishing comments from Justices Roberts, Scalia, Thomas and Alito. Their sour dissents were mirrored by some of the Republican Party powerful. Yet when even conservative CNN commentator … [Read more...]

Music: LAY DOWN by Melanie Safka

(credit: American Songwriter)

If we learn nothing else from history it should be: -- Nothing is more valuable than love, more courageous than peace, or more precious than life.  Hate, fear and greed hold us hostage to forces that drain our spirit, steal our creativity, limit our opportunities, and rob us of our future. -- The world is so much smaller than we think.  We depend … [Read more...]

Quotable You: “Your Mind, Do Investigate.”

Pondering possibilities of open mind

We function in a world full of assumptions.  We literally start our day with them.  We assume if we open our eyes, we will see. We assume if we stand up, the ground will hold our weight.  We assume if we see a door, it will lead to somewhere or to something. We create our assumptions as we go.  We assume based on our experiences that are confirmed … [Read more...]

Some College Professors Among the Working Poor

Dare We Say - Finlay and Vercher

It was horrifying to learn some college professors among the working poor -- approximately 25% of part-time college faculty receives one or more types of public assistance (Medicaid/CHIP, TANF, EITC, and/or SNAP) programs. I have long had a stereotyped view of affluent college professors living in relative comfort, but in a trend reflective of … [Read more...]

Music: JUST LIKE YOU WERE by Emma Worthington

Just Like You Were by Emma Worthington

I came across the song JUST LIKE YOU WERE by Emma Worthington on my twitter feed a few months back and was immediately captivated. The melody is lovely. Emma's voice is sweet and clear. Her words, ones she wrote, quickly became etched in my mind. Is there such a thing as a lullaby for adults?  If so, this song would be one. "that day was quiet … [Read more...]

Let’s Celebrate A Howe Mother’s Day Too

Julia Ward Howe, from History of Woman Suffrage vol2pg793 (public domain, via )

Back in 1870, Julia Ward Howe envisioned another kind of Mother's Day.  Although a mother herself, she wasn't looking for a day of remembrance and celebration as was championed many decades later by Anna Jarvis and made an official national holiday by President Woodrow Wilson in 1914.  Howe's vision of Mother's Day was about as far from our … [Read more...]

What Purpose Do Fraternities Serve?

Dare We Say - Finlay and Vercher

DARE WE SAY hosts Shawna Vercher and  Anita Finlay look at the role and cost of fraternities in the wake of the latest outrage and ask -- What purpose do fraternities serve?  Is it time to put an end to them? The boast is that 18 out of 44 presidents have been members of a fraternity.  But what fraternities seem to produce now is a never-ending … [Read more...]

Words: “Forgiveness Is An Act Of Creation…”

Women who run with the wolves

“Forgiveness is an act of creation. You can choose from many ways to do it. You can forgive for now, forgive till then, forgive till the next time, forgive but give no more chances it’s a whole new game if there is another incident. You can give one more chance, give several more chances, give many chances, give chances only if. You can … [Read more...]

Even The FDA Doesn’t Know What’s In Our Food

FDA doesn't know what is in our food

Eating and drinking is about as basic to our survival as it gets. While we might debate whether various manufactured foods are the healthiest choices we can make in a day, we assume the FDA has approved their ingredients before we eat them.  We assume all the ingredients meet the standard of a “reasonable certainty” that no harm will come to us … [Read more...]