Children and the Holocaust: When Do We Talk About It?

Today is Yom HaShoah -- Holocaust Remembrance Day. It's on our calendar, though I totally forgot about it; I had no idea why Josh chose to broach the topic of teaching the twins about the Holocaust in the car this morning on the way to the Metro. They're young. But there's a reason for doing it now instead of five years from now: to introduce them to a survivor, before all of the survivors are gone. We could wait five years to tell them about the Holocaust, but anyone with strong memories of that time is already in their 70s or 80s by now. ...more
Thank you for everyone who weighed in.  It's such a difficult question to wrap your mind around ...more

Save the Ta-Tas - Pink Hair Project

I know that I’ve mentioned that my mother-in-law is a breast cancer survivor....more

Collaborative Technologies for Social Impact: How Survivors Connect leverages the web and you can, too!

I originally wrote this feature for the World Pulse magazine. Due to space restrictions, unfortunately, it will not be included in the upcoming issue. I didn't want the spotlight to go dark on Aashika and her work, though, so am posting it here! Please share it with your networks! ----- Aashika Damodar & collaborative technology for social impact...more

The Importance of A Dying and Death File

A Dying and Death File for Those We Love ...more

Who is this Nanakoosa chick anyway?

The intention and goal of this project is to organize survivors who wish to be actively involved in public policy making, service delivery and public education. There are many ways to accomplish these goals. Writing our stories and sending them to politicians, service providers and funding sources can have a substantial impact. Forming Advisory committees, organizing survivor speak outs, using art and film to record our histories are all effective methods to make our message heard. We ARE the experts on Domestic Violence, we know what services are lacking and which ones are working....more

How Many Holocaust Survivors Can Return With Their Grandchildren? Dancing at Auschwitz

When I first heard about the video, Dancing at Auschwitz, from Mir at Would Coulda Shoulda, I didn’t know how to feel. The film features a Holocaust survivor, his daughter, and her children and nieces dancing to Gloria Gaynor’s song "I Will Survive" at Auschwitz and other historic sites. I liked the idea of dancing - celebrating life in the face of such destruction and loss - but " Will Survive," despite the word "survive" in the title, didn’t seem like a good choice. Then I watched the video. ...more

I will be, and the feeling is mutual. Let's make it happen.

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Strong Words: What I Said to a Cop and Why

I decided to take a Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) class with my friend Jen because it sounded like a good idea and it was free. (You can get me to do almost anything if you entice me with "free." I was raised by the cheapest people on earth.) In the first segment of the class we had some discussion, and I mentioned that I was a "survivor." ...more

Right on-- strength comes in many forms. more

Modern Day Slavery in America: Sex Trafficking in Oakland Is Big Business

Oakland Local, a web site run by BlogHer Contributing Editor Susan Mernit, is running an original investigative series on youth sex trafficking in the Bay area. This story is reposted from that series at Oakland Local. It's nearly midnight on a Thursday and teen-age girls are on every corner of International Boulevard in the dozen blocks stretching south from 41st Street. Many are dressed up. But this is not prom night or a concert letting out. ...more

This, and many more horrors, have continued on and on and on, for lifetimes. Let's hope ours ...more

It Is Always Sexual Assault Awareness Month Inside My Head

The weather has finally turned towards warm, and we've been outside almost non-stop for days. Rio learned to ride her bike. That kid just blows my mind. Serena too. Bumping along home in the bike trailer tonight Serena kept warbling, "I short and stout" like a drunken sailor, which kept cracking me up because my best friend and I have this joke about it being "past your teapot" when you're too tired to remember the words to the little teapot song. It's good. It's sunshine and water and coloring on the porch steps with chalk for two hours while the little one sleeps in her stroller and the kindergartner shows you how she can write WORDS with CHALK on the STEPS. It's also Sexual Assault Awareness month, apparently. It is always sexual assault awareness month here inside my head. ...more

I think that this is the thing that I write and speak about more than anything else. And it is ...more