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[8 Jan 2010 | One Comment | ]
TRAVEL: It’s Good for You?

Just before I was about to depart for the winter holidays I read an article that was picked up in the Utne Reader analyzing several studies and making the case that travel is good for you. It’s supposed to make you smarter. I thought for sure these studies would have been funded by major airlines or travel agencies to encourage more spending on holiday travel and distract us from our ever-thinner wallets, but when I read more closely, the idea made a lot of sense.

One of the major points of the studies is that when we travel, we’re exposed to new things.
And each new location helps us think in new ways.

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[3 Jan 2010 | No Comment | ]

Cheryl N Olivieri
I am posting my story, part of my story, because I have submitted a course proposal to the Sadie Nash Leadership Project in New York and New Jersey to teach “Feminision: Seeing With The Vision of Feminism.”  Among other border-crossing questions, I am asking whether a selected writer writes for herself or for another and, then, what creates this distinction?
I wanted to post my story, part of my story, so as to propose a perspective in which to cross a border of sorts, in which one steps through …

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[15 Dec 2009 | No Comment | ]
Eat, Mama, Eat

Wanjiru Mungai
I am sleepy but will not lay my head down to sleep ‘til I tell my day’s story of awe.
It is lunch time, and I come home to find the cleaning lady doing her business to make sure that my home is clean. I admit it, these days I am spoilt.
I insist to share my lunch. She sits, patiently. This woman whose face tells me that she has seen a thousand nights of trouble and sorrow.
Eat Mama – eat…
And she does.
I apologise the food is not much. It is …

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[15 Dec 2009 | No Comment | ]
Mutual Sharing: This Is What Women Do

Deb Reich
I’m an older Jewish woman, a writer, living in Israel/Palestine. I have a young Palestinian friend in Gaza called Maha; I think of her as my daughter. The hell that Gaza has become  threatens to overwhelm her every day.
Jewish Israelis are supposed to hate and fear “the Arabs,” especially Palestinians. But many of us resist. I believe that a new country of Palestine/Israel, struggling to emerge in blood and agony, will far outshine its parents someday, like any other ambitious offspring. Many of us can envision a new shared …