If you have read my blog for a while or have looked at my author's bio, you may know that the Brazilian philosopher and educator Paulo Freire has a great influence on my thought and writing. I wrote my dissertation on education and justice, and the last chapters focused primarily on Freire and his philosophy… Continue reading A Guide to Reading Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed–Chapter One
I would like you to imagine the following scenario. (Trigger warning: This scenario has some violent content in it.) The VN Scenario Imagine that you are living in your house peacefully. You obey the laws of your country and nation. You are a good neighbor. One day, a neighbor who lives one street over from… Continue reading What Should We Think about Property Destruction During Protests Against Police Violence?
As you are probably aware, all over the U.S. right now, there are people protesting George Lloyd’s recent police-related death, as well as the disproportionate violence against black people (especially black men) at the hands of the police. You can read more about this here. As I have listened to my black friends, students, and… Continue reading Is the Phrase “All Lives Matter” a Helpful and Wise Response to “Black Lives Matter”?
George Floyd is a 46 year old black man who recently died in an encounter with the police in which a police officer knelt on his neck while Floyd, who was not resisting arrest (surveillance footage shows this), was lying face down on the ground, telling the officers around him that he could not breathe… Continue reading Are the President’s Criticism of the George Floyd Protests the Right Response? Violence Against Black Bodies
I am on a mission to help people Live from the Inside Out. When we Live from the Inside Out, we live from a strong sense of our own worthiness and purpose, as well as a sense of other people’ worthiness and purpose. This allows us to connect constructively and build a more resilient world… Continue reading Basic Body Confidence: What It is and Four Mindsets and Practices that Develop It
In my last post, I promised you a follow up to my discussion of Basic Body Confidence, and I for sure am going to post that follow up. But first, I want to tell you about jump roping and how it is giving me life right now. And it turns out that this has a… Continue reading The Joy of Jump Roping: How Jump Roping Surprised Me
I was originally going to title this post “How I Gained Weight and Went Grey, and I am Happier and More Resilient than Ever.” And I still kind of like that title, but perhaps it is a little misleading. Because in this post, I’m not going to try to convince you to gain weight (or… Continue reading How I Stopped Chasing Unrealistic Beauty Standards and Found Something Better: and I am Happier and More Resilient Because of It
I used to not like selfies at all. I thought they were pretty ego-centric. Also, I usually hated the way I looked in pictures in general. Selfies seemed like just one more way to cause myself photographic suffering. Let the Selfie Games Begin And then one day in grad school, I was really stressed out… Continue reading Good Selfies, Bad Selfies, and Becoming Friends with Our Self: Selfies as Photo Journals
If you have been following my blog lately, you probably know that I have been letting my hair go silver. I am really excited about it, but I would be less than honest if I didn't said that sometimes the changes that aging brings make me anxious and sometime scare me a little bit, too.… Continue reading Embracing Our Age: A Whimsical Watercolor and Peaceful Thought
I beg pardon of my readers who live in other countries or folks who tire of political posts. Don't worry. I shall return to some other subjects in my next posts. I just had a few issues to get off my chest first, especially because of some of the political brouhaha going on in the… Continue reading Do Critics of the President Want Him to Fail No Matter What? (Is This the Right Question?)