WHY I LEFT THE RIGHT: HOW STUDYING RELIGION MADE ME A LIBERAL | medium.com
Susie Meister, former young Republican who worked on George W. Bush's presidential campaign, writes about how studying the Bible shifted her thinking along with her political leanings..."What happened, however, wasn’t an abandonment of my faith, but a shift in my understanding of Scripture. While I had always read the Bible and knew large portions of it by memory, I had relied on the expertise of my religious mentors (some of whom were simply laypeople teaching Sunday School or Christian education classes) to help guide me through its interpretation. The more I read the text through unfiltered eyes and the more I learned about scholarly investigation, the less sense their point of view made. Their old Jesus looked nothing like my new Jesus."
THE OPPOSITE OF RAPE CULTURE IS NURTURANCE CULTURE | norasamaran.com
An interesting breakdown of an overdue movement for nurturance culture to combat rape culture and chip away at the culture of misogyny..."To completely transform this culture of misogyny, then, men must do more than ‘not assault.’ We must call on masculinity to become whole and nurturing of self and others, to recognize that attachment needs are healthy and normal and not ‘female,’ and thus to expect of men to heal themselves and others the same way we expect women to ‘be nurturers.’ It is time men recognize and nurture their own healing gifts."
BOOKSHELF: BLACK HISTORY | nytimes.com
A few children's books for Black History Month, as recommended by the NY Times.
|From Freedom in Congo Square by Carol Boston Weatherford, Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie|
Educator and author Jessica Lahey investigates her own pattern of falling for her students' deception..."Why, I asked Ms. Konnikova, despite my years of experience untangling half-truths and spotting deception in my classroom, am I still so terrible at it? And while we are on the topic of kids and deception, why am I even worse at spotting the con when the artist in question is my own child? First of all, Ms. Konnikova reassured me, all kids lie. It’s a part of growing up, testing limits and adjusting to social expectations and norms. “Kids are incredible con artists. They lie, they lie often, they lie knowingly, and they lie willingly in order to get something they want,” she wrote in an email."
WHAT I'M AFRAID OF AND WHAT I HOPE FOR | medium.com
A Brooklyn teenager's top 10 list for what we can do better for school in 2050..."I fear that in the future, private school will be the only option for good education. Throughout history, we have put up barriers to prevent certain people from attaining knowledge. As it becomes increasingly apparent that the public school system is failing, many families are deciding to send their kids to private school. Good education should be accessible to everyone, but because of the powers that be, money is involved. I wouldn’t be surprised if, in 2050, money is the only way children are able to attend worthwhile schools."
THINGS TO DO & THEATRE TO SEE
Twins in LA, be sure to check out "Twin Night" at the Odyssey Theatre for the play My Sister, performed by identical twin sisters. LA theatre-seekers be sure to also check out Caryl Churchill's Cloud 9 on March 10 at the Antaeus Theatre Company, the 24th Street Theatre is bringing back the beloved Man Covets Bird, The Matrix Theatre Company honors Black History Month with Katori Hall's award-winning The Mountaintop and Irvine Barclay Theatre has two of Europe's most "sought after dancers," Akram Khan and Israel Galvan, March 15th. For an outdoor activity, check out the Cherry Blossom Festival at Descanso Gardens March 12 - 13.
New York families should check out The Secret Inside You at the American Museum of Natural History and also, The Astronaut's Tale at BAM or The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show at the 47th Street Theatre. For a family pleaser, check out Wicked on Broadway or New York Theatre Ballet's Cinderella in April! New York parents looking forward to springtime theatre in New York, be sure to get your tickets now for David Harrower's new play Blackbird starring Jeff Daniels and Michelle Williams. Also, check out The Humans on Broadway.