Filed under Social Justice

On Ferguson, a list.

This is me, extending my hand towards Ferguson. (At least, I drafted it with this community in mind. Then it sat for weeks and weeks. I scheduled it before the Eric Garner decision was announced. But I’m too sad, angry and confused to fold thoughts about that into this. So I will let this stay … Continue reading

Thoughts on the Ice Bucket Challenge

Thoughts on the Ice Bucket Challenge

Generally speaking, I lean towards the critical side when it comes to trying to do good. I care a lot about how that good is attempted, and want the method to be wise. As I’ve seen critiques of the Ice Bucket challenge, I’ve actually found myself disagreeing. Mainly, critics of the viral fundraising campaign say … Continue reading

Affluenza Indeed

The macro-level logic of the affluenza defense claims that if something outside of the defendant stunted their moral development, something they didn’t choose, something beyond their control, then they are not longer responsible for the poor moral choices they make.  Heck, they’re practically a victim. While many of us roll our eyes in disgust at … Continue reading

In Which We Cross Our Fingers

Tomorrow our family will attempt a marathon day as I fly to Colorado in the morning and return late at night while Curtis stays with Riley from about 4:30am to 10:30pm.  Riley is still nursing and his solid food experiences are more about play that becoming full, so we are sort of going in with … Continue reading

In Which I May Have Found My Cause

In Which I May Have Found My Cause

Alright.  I got a donut and a Starbucks misto with bold coffee and whole milk.  Baby is napping and this little blog needs some love.  So I imagine the next few posts will be recaps and reflections on the past little while. The past two Wednesdays I had the honor of speaking at Pepperdine University’s … Continue reading

Privilege Guilt

Privilege, privilege everywhere.  Maybe I am becoming over sensitive.  Maybe I was blind before, given that I am a beneficiary of white privilege, educational privilege, western privilege, and so on…  So now I see it where I didn’t before, although it was there all along, like how you see strollers everywhere after having a baby, … Continue reading

5 Quick Facts About Clean Water

5 Quick Facts About Clean Water

This weekend, I am running my first half marathon in two years, and I’m running it for Team World Vision.  World Vision does a lot of things related to poverty, and Team World Vision focuses on bringing clean water to the developing world. So in honor of this Sunday’s race, here are 5 quick facts … Continue reading

Settling In

Settling In

One of the dynamics of the greater Los Angeles area is that there are a lot of cities packed tightly against one another.  To give you an idea, for a while we lived 75 miles from my parents and our church, and drove from one city to the other each weekend.  Down the 101 to … Continue reading