Category: Social Justice

Social Justice Challenge: Poverty

This month’s theme for The Social Justice Challenge is poverty. We all know what poverty looks like, right? We see it on our streets daily – the homeless sitting on street corners, the elderly struggling to pay for medications and groceries, the young who are often hungry and sad. Most of us probably have a …

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Quilts for Kids – Finished!

As part of the Social Justice Challenge in May, I decided to make a quilt for an organization called Quilts for Kids whose mission is: Transforming discontinued, unwanted and other fabrics into patchwork quilts that comfort children with life-threatening illnesses and children of abuse. I finished this quilt over the weekend and mailed it off …

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There is No Me Without You – Book Review

Haregewoin had one color photo of Atetegeb holding her baby. She enlarged this photo until its lines turned all pastel and soft. She framed it and centered it on the wall above the sofa. She framed a smaller black-and-white photo of Atetegeb and Suzie as teenagers laughing together. Under the glass she placed a slip …

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TLC Book Tour: Everything is Broken

Everything is Broken by Emma Larkin ISBN 978-1-59420-257-5 264 pages The Penguin Press (2010) Welcome to my TLC Book Tour of Everything is Broken. This is a stark, moving book which I highly recommend (read my review). Emma Larkin is the pseudonym for an American who was born and raised in Asia, studied the Burmese …

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Everything Is Broken – Book Review

There is a Burmese phrase that perfectly described the limited amount of aid being delivered after the cyclone versus the enormity of the need: As the phrase goes, it was like tossing sesame seeds into the mouth of an elephant. – from Everything is Broken, page 46 – The willingness expected of a soldier is …

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Social Justice Challenge: Update on Quilts for Kids

**Enjoy a larger view on all photos with a click Now that I’m back from New York City, I decided to get busy on this project. Yesterday I cut all the fabric, laid out the design and then pieced about half of the quilt top. Today I got really motivated and pieced the rest of …

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Social Justice Challenge: AIDS

This month’s Social Justice Challenge theme is AIDS. I remember when AIDS was all over the headlines – I was a new physical therapist living in the San Francisco Bay area and the fear around this illness was rampant … and so were the misconceptions and myths. Luckily, we are now all better educated about …

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Social Justice Challenge: Hunger

This month’s theme for The Social Justice Challenge is hunger. Amy invited us to post a photo which represents hunger to us. I always think of the children who are hungry when I think of hunger – the huge, bloated bellies, the vacant eyes, the delicate bones jutting just beneath their skin. The picture I’ve …

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Awareness: Child Abuse and Domestic Violence

The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906 – 1945) – Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it. – Helen Keller (1880 – 1968) – So long as little children are allowed to suffer, there …

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Social Justice Challenge: Child Abuse and Domestic Violence

This month’s theme for The Social Justice Challenge is Child Abuse and Domestic Violence. Natasha is asking a few questions to get us started: What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of domestic violence and child abuse? What does domestic violence and child abuse mean to you personally? What …

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