A New Years Wish for Us

Happy New Year, dear friends, online and otherwise! I’m back from a much-needed (and now officially annual) winter break, with much hope for 2013 and all it has in store. We stayed a good deal of the holidays in Memphis, where we spent Christmas with both sets of parents. Henry enjoyed receiving two gifts, only … Continue reading

Thanksgiving Over Not Writing (About Some Things)

Don’t be fooled by the title. I’m planning to write over Thanksgiving, and I’m planning to love it. However, I won’t be writing about human trafficking. And that’s something I’m grateful for this year. Leading up to Thanksgiving, I’ve noticed an onslaught of information about human trafficking on the web and in conversation. First there … Continue reading

Easter and Passover Treats

This year Easter and Passover fall on the same weekend, and families everywhere will be buying their kids chocolate bunnies and making flourless cakes with cocoa powder. In both cases, I hope you’ll consider using chocolate that you know is slave-free. For Christians, tomorrow is Good Friday – a somber day commemorating Christ’s death, in … Continue reading

Happy 2012!

I’m back from a short blogging break, and hoping you had a merry Christmas, a happy Chanukah and a lovely New Year celebration! Some highlights from break: Hearing Michael (my husband) and his dad sing Elvis and Johnny Cash at a New Year’s Eve karaoke night in Long Island. Michael and his dad rocking karaoke … Continue reading

Good News Friday

If there isn’t any other good news in the whole world, we have this: it’s holiday season! I’m half-Jewish so along with family Christmas, I celebrate Hanukkah. Heck, I might even throw Festivus in there, too. On a related note, before I post some other good news below, let me say that this will be … Continue reading

Happier Holidays Part 3: The Jingle Mingle

(This is the third post in a series on enriching your holiday festivities with acts of generosity.) Friends from my time living in New York City and Ithaca will recognize the title of this post. Back when I was at NYU, some good friends threw an annual party called the Jingle Mingle. They filled up … Continue reading

Happier Holidays Part 2: Happy Thanksgiving!

(This is the second post in a series on enriching your holiday festivities with acts of generosity.) Before leaving for a Thanksgiving break of sorts, I wanted to wish you all a lovely holiday! May joy and gratitude fill your homes in the next few days and bless your families with a deeper sense of … Continue reading

Happier Holidays Part 1: Throw a Charity Ball

(This is the first post in a series on enriching your holiday festivities with acts of generosity.) This weekend abolitionists will don gowns and tuxes for the Capital City Ball in DC. Now in its fifth year, this gala sprang up when a group of friends decided to turn their holiday party into a fundraiser … Continue reading

Good News Friday

Happy Veterans Day, and a huge thank you in particular to my favorite veteran: my dad. Dad fought as a lieutenant with the Marines in Vietnam and has continued his fight in a very different way in the decades that follow. I’m proud to have been raised by someone with his courage; and I’m inspired … Continue reading

A Slave-Free Halloween (Without Breaking the Bank or Being a Jerk)

I am really excited about not celebrating Halloween this year. Even though it’s tempting to go the DC route and put in a lot of effort to make the perfect Mitt Romney costume or dress up as the Health Care Reform Bill, I will instead be chilling out over some apple cider and enjoying the … Continue reading

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