Meeting Syrian Refugees and Other Ways Istanbul Made Me Cry

I might have the best job ever. I travel regularly to discover new places and eat local food – such is the life of a food and travel writer. Sometimes it takes me to less-than exciting small cities and sometimes it means tackling world-famous locations like Istanbul or Rome. Last week I spent five days in Istanbul, where I sought to learn as much as possible about this place. I’m always surprised when I go somewhere new but this trip was different. ...more
Thank you so much for this article! My husband and I are Americans living in Izmir, Turkey and ...more

I'm Black, and I'm Not Christian Anymore

Christians, (devout ones and ones who are Christian in convenience), sometimes question my no longer being one myself. It makes me chuckle; I use to be just like them. I use to think that it was up to me to show the way and the light to non-believers. I use to think that those who denied God were simply lost and must have led sad, miserable lives. But what I didn't know was that I would one day be the non-believer...more
I understand some of your statements. I have a quick rundown of my life I was born and raised ...more

Why I Don't Feel Safe In Public as an Orthodox Jewish Woman

I know I may seem different to you, strange even. We look different, we keep mostly to ourselves, and we basically live in our own little bubble. I understand that you don't "get" us, but I don't understand why we deserve the hatred directed at us. ...more
Lately there has been a huge upsurge in antisemitism.....enough to make me more wary and ...more

If a gift falls in the forest...

If a tree falls in the forest and no one is near enough to hear it, does it make a sound?If a gift falls into the hands of someone who immediately forgets she's received it, does it make an impact?I have to admit I have to remind myself that there is joy in giving, that it's better to give than to receive, that I should give wholeheartedly expecting nothing in return. And, yet, I struggle in giving my mother gifts, even the gifts of a phone call or visit. It takes so much out of me, gives her nothing but confusion and, perhaps, a moment of joy. Or so it seems....more


Wrap the present and give it. Express your gratitude! Inspiritual: A space for spiritual evolution and transformation...more


As we get into the beginning of The Holiday Season, I hope that I don't lose sight of what it's all about. We are gathering to give thanks, not just eat ham and turkey until we groan. And we will be moving right into the season of Christmas, when it is so easy to focus on what needs to be done instead of the reason we are doing it....more

The Fall of Islam

While on a recent panel, an Imam (Muslim religious leader) sharing the stage made the comment that the persecution of Jesus was the fall of Judaism, the Spanish Inquisition was the fall of Christianity, and ISIS/ISIL/Da’esh will be the fall of Islam.That got me thinking. It is a very interesting comment. The “fall” he referred to was not the extinction of the religion, or even the curtailing of its numbers, but rather a power check following a reflection of values....more

It’s Sharing Time!!

What in nature reminds you to give thanks or are you grateful for?Inspiritual: A space for spiritual evolution and transformation...more


Give thank in all circumstances and for all things thta fly into and through our lives, as we would not be who we are without them. Inspiritual: A space for spiritual evolution and transformation...more

The Boat is Getting Crowded

Within days after the Paris attacks, I saw a Facebook post from a fellow lawyer that said, “Why are illegals such bad drivers?”  I responded, “You can tell status from behind the wheel?”...more

Spiritual Sunday - Your temple will always be beautiful

Spiritual Sunday words meant to bring Joy and ContemplationBecause our Lord is might and has prepared an everlasting temple for usI will not fear I will loveClick here to read more...more

The color of humanism

By DIANE GRIFFINFor Humanist Network NewsOct. 20, 2010 It was another Easter and my family had all descended upon my grandmother’s tiny North Carolina house for our annual gathering. As we all sat together on the cramped floor, participating in our ritual of watching “The Ten Commandments,” I looked around at my family and asked, “Really, is this what we really believe?”...more