“I wanted to prove to others who are looking for answers that no one is more spiritual than anyone else. That spiritual leaders are just illusions. And we are the ones who decide who and what is real.”


A Beautiful Response to Homophobia: The Pansy Project

“The next time you see a flower growing by the curb, consider this: Paul Harfleet has planted 10,000 flowers in different cities around the world, but not because he’s just into random urban beautification. Each bloom marks a homophobic attack.”

READ MORE HERE http://jezebel.com/a-beautiful-response-to-homophobia-the-pansy-project-473678425

A Bindi is Not a Costume.

If you haven’t heard yet, Selena Gomez wore a bindi with her costume on the MTV music awards. And to Ellen. And then again to Dancing With The Stars.

“Selena Gomez is being criticized as culturally insensitive after she donned a Hindu religious ornament during a recent performance. The bindi has landed Gomez in hot water with Hindu leaders at the Universal Society of Hinduism who want her to apologize for wearing the religious adornment.”

Yes, it is a religious symbol. But, no, that does not mean that Hindus who understand the meaning of the bindi need to be at a religious ceremony to wear one. The bindi is both a cultural and religious symbol.

Analogy time. Any of my Muslim sisters out there who wear hijab on the regular? Of course you know there are many different fabrics, designs, colors, and embroidery for different occasions/events. Same goes for the bindi. This does not negate or diminish the significance of the bindi or hijab.

For those who understand the significance of the bindi, which is not simply understood by skimming a Wikipedia post, there are subtle nuances to what kind of bindi an older, married woman may wear to an arangetram and what kind of bindi a teenager may wear to a puja. Oh, did I lose you there? Please let that be your signal that you probably shouldn’t be wearing a bindi.

(If you do not identify as native american please, say no.)

Extra Reading:

This article put a bee in my bonnet

This one was lukewarm at best
“I always say the line where an homage becomes a really shitty cultural appropriation is when they use religious symbols. So moccasin, ok; war bonnet, hell no. Sari, ok; bindi, hell no. Come on people, it is not that hard.”
(My jury is still out on this user comment, though I’m leaning towards no.)

But this one made it ALL BETTER 🙂 #goldilocks

Oh, and this one.
“And this consumer culture of consuming other cultures is not confined within the boundaries of the West.”

How Parents Talk To Children About Consent

How Parents Talk To Children About Consent

Worth the listen. Click the link to hear the podcast.

“Many parents agonize over the dreaded sex talk. Recent rape cases in Steubenville, Ohio, India and Nova Scotia have garnered international attention and spurred conversations about how parents should talk to their children about sexual assault and the meaning of consent.”

“My utopia – I …

“My utopia – I live in Anchorage so we see a lot of glassy-eyed utopian seekers coming once the snow melts and that will be coming soon. But for us up here, there’s nothing like the darkness of winter to encourage you to seek the utopia. And for many up here, it’s Hawaii, of course, and there are many pilgrimages. But also living up in Alaska, politically, a lot of us progressives seek political utopia and so for me, where I grew up in San Francisco is that. And then also, culturally utopias like TALK OF THE NATION is a place that a lot of us find on a daily basis.”

‘American Utopias’: From Disney World To Zuccotti Park

Definitely worth a listen.
From Talk of the Nation- NPR.

We need to talk…

“We need to talk about Gosnell — even though the charges against him are worse than nightmarish, even though the story is ammunition for antis, even though it’s Friday afternoon and we’d rather be giggling over puppy photos — because this is what happens when it’s next-to-impossible for women in low-income areas to get a legal abortion.”


21 Tips to Keep Your Shit Together When You’re Depressed.

21 Tips to Keep Your Shit Together When You’re Depressed.

“15) Let go or be dragged. This is an old Buddhist saying. It’s a very useful way to frame aspects of depression. Betrayal, anger, fear… letting go is a process – often a painful and difficult process – but it’s ultimately going to show you the path out of this terrible place. Repeating the mantra can help when you’re feeling gripped by these feelings.”

Purity Culture Is Rape Culture

Purity Culture Is Rape Culture

Indian women offer prayers for a gang rape victim at Mahatma Gandhi memorial in New Delhi.


“A culture in which women are expected to remain virgins until marriage is a rape culture. In that vision, women’s bodies are for use primarily for procreation or male pleasure.”

Adoptive Dad Dreamed A Dream That Brought Him A Son

Adoptive Dad Dreamed A Dream That Brought Him A Son

This had me weeping on my way to work this morning.
Do not listen to this if you a) stand against gay marriage or b) are a grinch.

Philly Mag Review- Zavino

What Drexel Is Doing to West Philly (and My Paycheck)

“When I have cravings, I usually get them filled at Collingswood’s Woksabi, where I can get what I believe is the world’s best wasabi shumai, and, according to a friend who has traveled extensively in China, the world’s best Pad Thai.”

#1. Since when are the Chinese experts on Thai food?
#2. I’ve been meaning to try Woksabi and will now be doing so.

Zavino is hella overpriced for what it’s worth.
Just go to Bertucci’s and add roasted whole garlic to any pizza.
Tastes like $8.50/slice.