On Patriotic Parfaits and Competing Loyalties

The picture shows a perfect patriotic parfait: blue jello, white whipped cream, red strawberries. Above the perfect parfait was a sign that read “Patriotic Parfait. These Colors Don’t Run!” Click the mouse and there’s another version – blueberries, whipped cream, strawberries, more whipped cream. Red.White.Blue.Red.White.Blue – the colors echo through the dessert. And indeed, it is gorgeous.  … Continue reading On Patriotic Parfaits and Competing Loyalties

A Life Overseas – “But they aren’t as smart as I am”….

As a public health nurse working with underserved communities in Massachusetts in cancer prevention, I’ve been greatly challenged as we look at racism and inequality in communities that we serve. We are doing this because the evidence of health disparities in non-white communities is overwhelming. One of the ways to begin to address this is … Continue reading A Life Overseas – “But they aren’t as smart as I am”….

Beware: the Language of Heaven is Hell for the Passenger

While living in the Middle East, we would often quote Islamic scholars and proclaim that we were “learning the language that we’ll all speak in Heaven.” We were not joking. With its rich phrases and flow, Arabic is a beautiful language. After five minutes in a taxi in an Arabic speaking country, the beautiful sound of Oum Kalthoum’s voice will … Continue reading Beware: the Language of Heaven is Hell for the Passenger

Paris is White, Lebanon is Brown, Mizzou is Black

[Poem is attributed to KARUNA EZARA PARIKH @karunaparikh http://www.dailyo.in/politics/pray-for-paris-isis-paris-attacks-prayer4paris-islamic-terror/story/1/7368.html%5D I was off-line most of yesterday and so it wasn’t until late in the day that I saw the news about Paris. Horrific news of multiple attacks throughout the city — a rock concert, a stadium, gun attacks at the center of the city in a … Continue reading Paris is White, Lebanon is Brown, Mizzou is Black