[19 Apr 2016 | No Comment | ]
Book Clubs :: SOC Sistas Long List

April is when our book club makes its selections of books for the upcoming year. We started this three years ago, it has worked beautifully and prevents those painful moments at the end of the meeting when someone is trying to think of a great recommendation that they’ve heard of but aren’t sure if they really think it will be good for the group.
If you’re just catching up, here’s where I talk about our process. At the bottom of the post are past years’ long and short lists.
Finally, let me …

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[14 Oct 2015 | No Comment | ]
Justice :: Fair Trade

October is Fair Trade month!
When I posted about justice earlier this year, I said that one of the points made to me was, if you want to work for justice, find ways to incorporate it into your current life. Justice feels like such a big issue, that big action is necessary. This isn’t possible for me right now, but small actions are.
So, I’m celebrating the small actions.
For me, this has meant incorporating Fair Trade products into my life when and where I can. Fair Trade means that the farmers and workers …

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[15 Aug 2015 | No Comment | ]
Book Review :: Go Set a Watchman

Many of you have been asking, but it is hard to know where to begin. My thoughts on Go Set a Watchman.
Does Watchman change the way we will or should read To Kill a Mockingbird?
This is the question at the heart of every reader who has paused before picking up Watchman. And my answer is, yes, it will forever change TKM. But it isn’t a bad thing or for the worse. Ultimately, Watchman provides a rounder, more fully developed understanding of TKM.
In high school and college classrooms across the country …

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[16 May 2015 | No Comment | ]
Justice :: Nail Salons

Years before I heard Beth Cossin talk about human trafficking and the prevalence of it in nail salons, I contemplated the business viability of my favorite local nail salon. Here’s my question: I pay $20 for a manicure with gel nails and about $25 for a pedicure. Each service takes about an hour. When you consider deducting expenses, does this allow a sustainable margin? Is the salon making enough to adequately pay the person doing my nails?
Earlier this month New York Times published two pieces on the topic here and here. The journalist …

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[8 May 2015 | No Comment | ]
Book Clubs :: SOC Sista 2015-16 Short List

This is it! Below are the books my book club will be reading June 2015 – May 2016!
Go Set the Watchman by Harper Lee
The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink
Dead Wake by Eric Larson
The Great Santini by Pat Conroy
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
The Violent Bear it Away by Flannery O’Connor
Run with the Horseman by Ferrol Sams
In addition, we’ve selected The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah as a companion book …

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[5 May 2015 | No Comment | ]
Justice :: In Action

A few years ago I blogged about a short film called The Candy Shop. Whitestone Motion Pictures wrote and created the film – a fairy tale-style storytelling of the all too prevalent sex-trafficking industry. At that time, I vowed to get involved, to do something, but I didn’t.
Fast forward more than four years, and I had a chance to re-immerse myself in the cause as well as learn about some others at the Wesleyan Women’s ALIVE 2015 conference. In one of the breakout sessions, Elizabeth Holmes accurately described what had been my experience with …