The meme above was shared widely on social media a couple of years ago. The other day as I was thinking about immigrants and immigration reform, I remembered it. While the meme is about things, I began to think about all the people in my life who are immigrants. As I made the list, I started … Continue reading Who are the Immigrants in Your Life?
"Tigger! Tigger!" It is around nine at night and I am half way home when I hear the call. A mom is slowly walking up the street, two mournful kids trailing behind. Every few steps they call out "Tigger! Tigger!" "Oh!" I stop. "Are you looking for a kitty?" "Yes," the mom replies. "She seems … Continue reading On Lost Cats and Lost Kids
"If you were giving a talk on teen pregnancy to a conservative, faith-based group who cares, what messages would you want to convey?" A couple of years ago I asked this question of someone in our family planning division at work. I was serious. I wanted her perspective. She did not hesitate. "I would tell … Continue reading Some Thoughts on Teen Pregnancy
In the United States, Charlottesville, VA has occupied the top news for over 48 hours. This is not a cause for celebration, but a tragic reality where a rally largely controlled by alt right racists turned violent and ugly. The city is now mourning the death of a young woman who died needlessly as the … Continue reading From Privilege to Responsibility
Last night I went to an Iftar celebration. It was sponsored by the Greater Boston Muslim Health Initiative - a group that periodically meets to focus on specific health needs of the Muslim community in the area. It was an eclectic group of people, each of us with strengths in different areas, community members and … Continue reading You’ve Got to be Carefully Taught
Every year, June 20th is a day set aside to remember the millions of refugees and displaced people in our world. But it's not just a day to remember - it's also a day to think about what we can collectively and individually do about the refugee crisis. So in today's post I want to … Continue reading World Refugee Day – #withrefugees
One of the best things about the Families in Global Transition Conference this past week was the diversity of perspectives from around the world. While all of us had an deep interest in living between worlds, we all come to it with different perspectives. Perspective taking - it's something I think about a lot. Below … Continue reading On Perspective Taking
Note: Seema Verma is President Trump's nominee to lead the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in the United States. Dear Seema, I'm a Registered Nurse who works in Boston, Massachusetts. I have witnessed first-hand what it is like for people to go without insurance, to delay preventive health screening only to find out that … Continue reading Dear Seema: The Politics of Prevention
During the weekend, an "I am a Muslim too" rally took place in New York City at Times Square. A picture of the event shows a large crowd gathered, all mouths opened in unison. A couple of white women are front and center, holding signs of a woman in a hijab made up of stars and … Continue reading I am Not Muslim: On Identiy Confusion Solidarity
I am pro-life. I love babies and mamas. I love ultrasounds that show us the beauty of that baby, perfectly safe and growing in the womb. Because I am pro-life, I am pro-healthcare. I am a nurse, and I have witnessed first hand what it is to have a patient walk in to a clinic … Continue reading A Statement on Life
I have been caught in the echo chamber of social media for a long time, but the last few months it has become significantly worse. All around me people rise up, whether on Twitter, Facebook or comments, letting everyone know their strongly held opinions. But nothing is original. Everyone is echoing everyone else. As is usually the case, there are two sides and … Continue reading The Echo Chamber of Social Media
Elf is a well-loved film about a man who thinks he's a Christmas elf. If you know the movie, you are probably smiling right now. If not, then you are shaking your head and wondering where this is going. Stay with me for a bit, I'll explain. There is a point in the film where … Continue reading She’s an Angry Elf
I called my mom before the election with one specific question: "Mom, when did American politics get mixed up with Christianity?" I really wanted to know. I didn't grow up in the United States and throughout my childhood, my parents voted via absentee ballots. I remember political discussions about the U.S. taking place every four … Continue reading Rambling Thoughts on Confronting an Idol
I'm angry. A Christian Pakistani woman is sentenced to death in Pakistan. Her crime? She is allegedly accused of insulting Islam after a group of Muslim women did not want her sharing the same water bowl as them. She offered them water and they refused stating it was "unclean." I wish this was hyperbole. I wish that … Continue reading On #InternationalDayofTolerance – Fight for Asia Bibi!
I have to admit I’m really struggling this week. I’m angry at some recent news from an organization close to my heart. I’m disgusted by the political situation in the country where I live. I’m horrified by the people that excuse sexual indecency and the language of predatory sexual assault. I’m embarrassed by those Christians … Continue reading The Welcome Prayer
"Give me your tired, your poor," she says. Ah, but first we must verify income and employability; we must make sure these people fit with "our way of life." We must make sure these creatures are not leeches who steal jobs from those who really belong. "Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free," Make sure the … Continue reading And Lady Liberty Weeps….
The headlines chase us down, taunting us with their urgency, telling us to how to respond. They never stop. We may sleep, but the headlines don't. And they don't want us to - not really. The person who is first to share or tweet a story gets the prize. Behind the bad headlines are some … Continue reading Good Stories Behind Bad Headlines
Toddler falls over railing at zoo into gorilla area. Gorilla killed to save toddler. Public outcry from impulse culture addicts. Parent crucified by public opinion. Have to delete all social media, go into hiding. Told they are the ones who should have been killed. Meanwhile,in Syria: NOTE: Quote from Kay Bruner in The Curious … Continue reading Really?