On Avoiding Columbus Day

For two years in a row, I haven’t written anything on Columbus Day. Most of DC takes the day off so that federal employees can shop the shoes sales and feel the fall breeze. It tends to piss off locals who still have to work, and of course the rest of the country that moves … Continue reading

Thank Dad for Home

On Mother’s Day I sent out some gift ideas for Mom that would honor her while caring for some of the people who have not had the gift of stable home. Now it’s Dad’s turn, and in the same spirit, here are some gifts he just might love. Oh, and a few are perfect last-minute … Continue reading

World Refugee Day Events

A family of singers from Burundi, who arrived in the US via a refugee camp in Tanzania, performing at a World Refugee Day event. World Refugee Day is coming up on June 20th, and while you may pass it off as yet another random, made-up commemoration, you’ll be missing out if you do. It is … Continue reading

Thank Mom for Home

I got into forced migration because of my mother. Her commitment (obsession, almost, along with my dad) to giving me a stable home growing up caused me to feel deeply for people who do not have homes and are forced to wander. A lot of people I’ve met who work with refugees and trafficking victims … Continue reading

The Way of Generous Love

by Gerard Stolk I got up early for the Royal Wedding this morning. There were a ton of living room lights shining in our building, so I wasn’t alone with my high tea and shortbread. Michael eventually joined me, and we watched the BBC broadcast of the event, which was impressively produced (and, as an … Continue reading

What Are You Giving for Lent?

Last spring I decided that I would give up slave-made chocolate and I invited other people to join me. It happened to be around Ash Wednesday, so it became a sort of Lenten observation, and a number of friends, family and readers jumped on board. Now it has been a year. A whole year! It’s … Continue reading

Happy Valentine’s Day, Mr. West

Last week I attended a Valentine’s Day-themed screening of The Dark Side of Chocolate, a documentary on human trafficking in the cocoa industry. I highly recommend you see it if you don’t believe chocolate is made by children, often against their will. At the same time, if you are prone to motion sickness as I … Continue reading

Let Africa’s Children Be Your Valentine

Valentine’s Day is coming up, and to celebrate it slave-free, you might want to plan ahead. Here are a few ways to support the abolitionist movement this February: Get Hershey to do the right thing. This year a lot of anti-trafficking organizations are fighting the chocolate industry by focusing their attention on Hershey. Hershey continues … Continue reading

New Year

I have enjoyed taking the last couple of months off from blogging to recoup from moving to a new city and to explore a few different paths my writing could take in 2011. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and feel renewed in your own lives by the passing of time and … Continue reading

Slave-Free Trick-or-Treat Resources

Chocolate Halloween Cupcakes, by Meringue Bake Shop Are you considering going slave-free this Halloween? Plenty of local health food stores, and even many regular supermarkets sell small squares of fairly traded chocolate that you can hand out to sweet-toothed kids. If you do plan to pass out slave-free chocolate this year at Halloween, consider including … Continue reading

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