Engaging with Souvenirs from the Old World

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I Lost My Memories

My family immigrated to America when I was almost five years old and I have few memories of my life in Kiev. I’ve recollected few stories of my childhood and those have been enough to sustain me. Big chunks of time are missing in my memories. My American husband thinks my young refugee status left me somewhat traumatized, but I disagree. He has suggested a hypnotist might be able to unlock the cache of my secret memory bank. My most vivid memories began when I met my him 11 years ago....more

A Mural for the Missing

A community art project that was too controversial for New York City has found a home in Phoenix, Arizona.The mural was nearly finished when I stopped by last week. Half a dozen artists were there painting or standing back to Instagram the process - which, really, is also part of spreading a message. In fact, that's how I heard about the piece....more

Six Ways for President Obama to Counter Congress’ Anti-Immigrant, Anti-Child Fervor

Let’s face it: it's not just the lack of compassion towards children at the border seeking asylum; the House of Representatives neglected its duty to provide leadership on immigration reform long ago....more

Why You Should Be Concerned About What’s Happening at the Arizona Border

My recent visit to the Arizona-Mexico border showed me that the situation is not what I thought it was....more
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Compassionate Conservatism

Was that ever really a thing? I mean, besides a way to sugarcoat regular conservatism to make it sound more appealing to swing voters? I think it was Tony Blair who said something like, “Compassionate conservatism means we’re still not going to help you but we’re really sorry about it.”...more
The GOP has a few contradictions! The best is Abortion and Birth Control. We know if Birth ...more

Why Are 1000 Children Being Detained in a Holding Facility in Arizona?

There is a story weighing heavily on my heart that I would like to share. I had other plans for posts to share with you, but as a mother I simply cannot ignore this story. It’s important and necessary to take notice of news like this, but let me warn you it is not pretty. I’m not sure that this news has really filtered out to the rest of America, but here in Arizona we are dealing with a humanitarian crisis and it involves children....more
"In a story Thursday on gang life in Honduras, the New York ...more

Line Toe-ers, Line Jumpers, and Line Benders

I've always been good at toeing the line. I know exactly where it is at all times, and can follow it exactly. Perhaps that's why I'm so good at formulaic writing and formulaic math, while my line jumping son is so good at conceptual math. You probably wonder what I'm talking about right now. Let me explain. ...more

The Tradition of Not Celebrating Christmas

Seven years ago I’ve moved into a society where you either celebrate Christmas or you don’t. If you belong to the first group then it’s OK to wish you a Merry Christmas. If you don’t, and sometimes even if you do, they’ll opt for the safer all-inclusive Happy Holidays. And there you have it, plain and simple – two greetings for two groups....more
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