Archive | May, 2012

How to Celebrate Mother’s Day Even When it Hurts

I get this knot in my stomach and wave of distraught when Mother’s Day rolls around each year. How do I celebrate in the face of having had lousy parenting? Odes to moms who inspired, supported, expanded, guided and embraced in unconditional love ooze from, well, everywhere … from friends talking about their Mother’s Day […]

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The Sticking-Your-Neck-Out Guide to Loving Courageously

I’m not prosthelytizing. Believe me, I’m pretty sensitive about that after growing up as a religious minority in the Deep South. What I am though is extremely proud of my religious tradition, Unitarian Universalism, for being so affirming of our LGBT sisters and brothers. This morning on the way to work, I drove by my […]

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Hey Mama! Meet Your New Best Friend

She lives in Royal Oak, has fulfilling work with good pay, a loving husband and two well-tended kids with another on the way. In that respect, Danielle Atkinson is miles apart – literally and figuratively – from the other mothers of color who live on the margins of barely meeting the basic needs of their […]

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Shetroit: Putting the ‘She’ in Detroit

Of course, it rhymes with Detroit if you pronounce it the way most of us do: DEE troyt. Shetroit puts a feminine face on a city that has always been known for its masculine energy: Motor City, Arsenal of Democracy, Hockeytown, Rock City, The Fist. All of them strong iconic male images. On the other […]

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