Saying Grace on Thanksgiving

Editor's note: Mata, BlogHer's longtime and much-loved contributing editor on religion and spirituality, passed away in May of 2013. I can think of no better tribute than re-running this post she wrote in 2009, on giving thanks. -- Julie ...more
On Thanksgiving and before every meal.more

Snowed In With No Power

It snowed recently - only a few inches of snow and sleet fell, but it had almost everyone I know thinking back to our last snowstorm: The Halloween Blizzard.Back then, I was so cold that my eyeballs felt chilly -- even when I closed my eyes. ...more
Thanks for your saga. I have been in outages that took 3 days, but never seven. I liked your ...more

Lent: A Reverse Strategy

Lent - a reflective time that can teach lessons across any and all spiritualities. For Christians, such as myself, who observe it, the meaning of Lent is the traditional one: to make a meaningful sacrifice that allows us to recall and honor Christ's own sacrifice. For other Christians and non-Christians, it can be a confusing time when some folks just give up things they really like. But these next 40 days can be a perfect time to cast off things that needs to be shed...or even the opposite. ...more
I really like your new Lenten practice. It sounds like a great way to get out from under a lot ...more

Etta James -- The Death of a Diva

Etta James died on January 20th. She would have turned 74 in five days. If you didn't know Etta, stay here a bit and listen up. Etta did it, lived it, suffered through it, laughed about it, and sang about it for all of us. ...more
my friend's mother makes $74 an hour on the computer. ...more

Sharing a Secret Shame

It was a calm afternoon. An old friend, I'll call her Angela, had stopped by for the afternoon for brunch and coffee. We nibbled healthy foods and joked about weight loss. It is part of our usual inventory of topics. Although we live too far apart to get together often, we do seem to be able to hit a regular and familiar groove after over 25 years of friendship. This time, I had a special insight about occasions of over-eating that I wanted to share with her. But it was not an easy story to tell....more
Oh I so related to your blog post. I was sexually abused as a child and know exactly what you ...more

Sukkot Takes to the Streets

This year, the Jewish tradition of Sukkot took to the streets.The eight-day Jewish holiday of Sukkot (pronounced "sue-COAT") is a celebratory harvest occasion, during which the observant Jewish family will build a temporary dwelling called a "sukkah" (pronounced to rhyme with "BOOK-ah")....more
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Rosh Hashanah's Ritual of Tashlich

Come sundown, Jewish families all over the world will celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Welcome to a sweet year 5772!...more
Very nice post! I also love ritual but it didn't come easy. The blowing of the shofar is one I ...more

Easter: Eggs, Memories, Lamb Cakes and the Resurrection

Easter Sunday is a HUGE Christian holiday, in which we recall the Resurrection of Christ from the dead. It is coincidental with spring, and some would say had pagan roots, because there is a spring goddess named Eostre in Pagan tradition. The name probably did get fuddled by association, but earliest Christians celebrated this day at the same date as Passover, until it was determined that it needed to be held on a Sunday. All that aside, for those of us who celebrate it, Easter can be a rich treasure trove of memories. ...more

I never knew about egg fights 'til my friend Margie started joining us for Easter. Now we do it. ...more

Skyping into the Seder: When Technology and Holidays Meet

Jack and Estelle and their family unofficially "adopted" me about 30 years ago, and we have became family. I have participated in almost every Passover seder with their family since then. These have largely been in NYC. This year (for a variety of reasons) I am unable to join them all at their son Daniel and his wife Leora's home in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I put on a brave face, but my heart was hurting. ...more

So for two nights we did it! I loved it. It worked perfectly -- I could see everyone -- and ...more

Hate Groups on the Rise in America

Hate groups are on the rise. It is getting even more alarming with each passing year. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) tracks hate groups, and has been doing so since the 1980's. The report of hate groups in 2010 issued last month by the SPLC, indicates that there are over 1,000 active hate groups in the US. These are not teenagers on a spur of the moment rampage, or a couple of drunks blaming another race or religion for their problems. These are organized hate groups. They have members, meetings, strategies, websites. They take ugly actions. ...more

Love -- the single most transformative energy that exists.

~~ Contributing Editor, ...more