Shameless Self-Promotion Sunday

Post a short description of something you’ve written this week, along with a link. Make it specific – don’t just link your own blog.


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  1. December 12, 2010 at 11:35 am

    This week I wrote about that thing I do, which in this case is doing social research focusing on older people with intellectual disabilities, and how I’m trying to work out the immense issues of privilege that come with that, as an abled, younger person. It’s very much a work in progress, and I am, of course, always in a learning curve of how to do so without my privilege getting ugly- apologies in advance for that.

  2. K__
    December 12, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Notes on MTV’s True Life: I Can’t Have Sex – the MTV program True Life ran an episode this week that explored chronic vulvovaginal pain conditions in 3 cisgender women: vaginismus, pelvic floor dysfunction and vulvar vestibulitis. Here are my notes on the episode and some links to relevant blogs & sites & the actual video.

  3. December 12, 2010 at 11:37 am

    This chick with a dick is exhausted – An offhanded “chicks with dicks” joke ruins my night

    A desert island – What would happen if I stopped taking (or couldn’t take) my hormones?

    What does it mean to be a boy? and What does it mean to be a girl? – Audience responses to these pressing questions

  4. December 12, 2010 at 11:43 am

    This week at SexGenderBody:

    Christina Engela fills us in a high-profile, religious anti-gay bigot, in So Who Is Erroll Naidoo?

    Alex Karydi talks about dealing with strong emotions, in One Angry Lesbian- The Power of Anger Management.

    jaded16 discusses where women are and are not represented in film and culture, in Re-Presenting Absences and addresses the impact of womens’ bodies as incubators, in OurSourcing Dusty Bodies.

    James Turnbull dissects a music video and gender images, in Breathe (비리드) by Miss A (미쓰에이): Lyrics, Translation, & Explanation.

  5. December 12, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Kathy Griffin, Bristol Palin and The White Precious: Looking in the way that race and class have been obscured to privilege an attack on fatphobia.

    Sex and Sexual Enjoyment Plays a Huge Part in Islam

    Is the Whip My Hair Cover Racist?: A white girl covers Willow Smith’s song Whip My Hair and what this means in terms of historical racism and music.

    Predicting The Next Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Book: A hilarious look at what the series has become.

    Pregnant Women Are Smug: Looking at the way only a very specific image of motherhood is presented in a song written by female celebrities.

    Louis C.K. on Slavery: C.K. proves that it is possible to tell a joke about race.

  6. December 12, 2010 at 11:56 am

    Part-Time Parents

    Who are part-time parents and do they exist?

    http://clarissasbox.blogspot.com/2010/12/part-time-parents-and-spouses.html

    Is Julian Assange a Rapist?

    http://clarissasbox.blogspot.com/2010/12/is-julian-assange-rapist.html

    A Dress Code for Professors

    Corporate mentality invades the system of higher education

    http://clarissasbox.blogspot.com/2010/12/dress-code-for-professors-update.html

  7. December 12, 2010 at 11:56 am

    I wrote posts!

    My new favorite Christmas commercial.. No further explanation necessary. :)

    “You funny!”, about being a female comedian.

    Enjoy!

  8. lt
    December 12, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    I write about the Women in Pop Art exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum and how the feminist work of rediscovery isn’t over: http://goldennotebooks.blogspot.com/2010/12/does-matt-weiner-owe-idelle-weber.html

  9. December 12, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    Dirty Dancing and the Replacement of Teenage Sex with Premarital Sex–the theopolitical right’s war on sex expands

  10. December 12, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    Power and Choices
    When a woman with ‘choices’ decides to work in the sex trade, is she ‘slumming’?

    Go Ahead and Smoke, Mr. President
    Do it for your country.

    Who Said That?
    Fox NewSpeak told its reporters to re-name the health care public option as the ‘government option’. It’s pronounced, ‘gummint’ with a snarl.

  11. December 12, 2010 at 12:22 pm
  12. December 12, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    I’m an autistic Mom of an autistic son, and this week I wrote a piece about how much I embarrass my son, or at least how much I hope I will embarrass him later if I don’t already. Whether he likes it or not, we’re an ad hoc mother/son disability consciousness-raising team. Read all about us on my blog, “Aspieadvocate” on Blogger, http://aspieadvocate-ascd.blogspot.com/

  13. December 12, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    I wrote about Reshaping the Work-Family Debate, a book by Joan C. Williams, http://deepmuckbigrake.com/2010/12/05/books-reshaping-the-work-family-debate/. Her goal is to reframe the debate about work and family and to put these issues front and center in American politics.

    Also a post about the upcoming documentary, Miss Representation, http://deepmuckbigrake.com/2010/12/06/movies-miss-representation/, including my own “suggested reading” list.

  14. December 12, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    I blogged about [TW for abusive relationships and rape] my thoughts about what happens when someone you like is an abuser or a rapist. I also blogged about why relationships are actually better if women are people, not automations obsessed with Getting A Man, as portrayed in our culture.

  15. December 12, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Weight Watchers rolls out it’s new PointsPlus plan indulges in a little planned obsolescence. We are not amused WWWednesday – A Corporation is a Corporation

    The social implications of ‘Truck Nutz’ (humour) – This Post is Like Me – Short and Sweet

    And lastly, why I’m totally okay with saying “Happy Holidays” – The Problem with “Happy Holidays”

  16. December 12, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    In honor of the last day of Hanukkah, a shoutout to the Maccabeats’ Candlelight video. Hilarious stuff.

  17. December 12, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    I wrote about radio commercials that kept talking about women and our love of shoes.

    I also posted La Senza’s new Christmas commercial which makes the list of my least favorite commercial ever.

  18. December 12, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    I wrote a post about sexual consent, and the fact that it is usually the case that men can’t opt out of their role as the sexual initiator; I commented on the attitudes progressives had back in 1967 toward the obligatory homosexual; and shared my thoughts about a mother’s decision not to hire a perfectly qualified 23 year old man to babysit her daughter in children and trust.

  19. December 12, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    It may seem odd on a blog name Women Born Transsexual to focus so much on non-trans-issues, but we live in the same world everyone else does and transsexual or transgender is only one element of our lives.

    We to face the same economic problem and then some that cis-sex/gender people do.

    I spent the week alternating between Obama selling out American with a “free trade” agreement with Korea. Obama selling out the middle/working class by extending tax cuts to the rich. Coming to the conclusion that I am over and done with Obama.

    The other big story is of course Wikileaks and the public renditioning of Julian Assange.
    http://womenborntranssexual.com/2010/12/06/obama-sells-out-american-workers/
    http://womenborntranssexual.com/2010/12/07/feeling-sold-out-by-obama/
    http://womenborntranssexual.com/2010/12/08/yet-another-sign-we-are-living-in-a-dystopia/

  20. December 12, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    My review of Courtney E. Martin’s new book, “Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists” is up at.

  21. December 12, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Anyone else a total loser at HTML? Anyone? The link: http://elevatedifference.com/review/do-it-anyway-new-generation-activists

  22. December 12, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    In the hour or so since my last post here, I’ve been blogging away, posting quite the scathing commentary about an article a few weeks ago on women ‘not knowing’ that they’re ‘overweight’.

  23. JetGirl
    December 12, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    The hip replacement blogging continues:
    (Trigger warning for medical talk, needles, icky procedures, loss of bodily autonomy.)
    First, true love can be expressed in many ways —
    http://onefemalegaze.wordpress.com/2010/12/07/hip-chronicles-part-iii-assistive-devices/
    Then, the surgery is not as bad as the recovery after:
    http://onefemalegaze.wordpress.com/2010/12/09/the-hip-chronicles-part-iv-the-worst-part-is-waking-up/

  24. December 12, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    My pro-choice click: http://michelleg3399.wordpress.com/2010/12/12/my-pro-choice-click/

    and an interview with amazing feminist comedians about empowerment, activism, and their performances: http://www.paradigmshiftnyc.com/2010/12/dont-miss-fword-feminism-funny-and-fearless/

  25. December 12, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    This is technology-related, but I did write about this week, so I’m posting it here in case anyone interested in tech would like to check it out. Last week, Google introduced the Chrome operating system, and started sending out laptops to people who wanted to test it out for them. Part of the application involved writing a 140-character statement on why you should be a tester. Since I believe that most people applying would be dudes, I indicated my interest in feminism, online awareness/activism, and blogging to help me stand out from the crowd. Google sent me one of those new-fangled Chrome OS laptops, and I blogged my first impressions.

  26. December 12, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    Kristi wonders how to advise her young son, who was fed up with his best friend’s brother’s use of the word “faggot” and finally told him he wasn’t coming over anymore:
    http://ethecofem.com/2010/12/06/whats-a-boy-to-do/

    We talk about Julian Assange, but it’s so outdated at this point, since more information has been given, that I don’t even know why I’m bothering to link ot it, but the discussion’s still going on:
    http://ethecofem.com/2010/12/07/julian-assange-rapist/

    Trend Piece Tuesday: A woman writes a column for the New York Times explaining to us how she likes to discriminate against future domestic employees based on gender, and it’s got a lot of people in a rage:
    http://ethecofem.com/2010/12/08/trend-piece-tuesday-men-are-scary/

    We just generally discuss “consent.”
    http://ethecofem.com/2010/12/09/consent/

    Minnesota got a few feet of snow dumped on us yesterday, and the roof of the Metrodome, home of the Minnesota Vikings, collapsed! Pictures and videos:
    http://ethecofem.com/2010/12/11/tsnownami-2010/

  27. December 12, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    Oh, trigger warning for the consent post, for potentially graphic hypotheticals.

  28. December 12, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    First post on a new blog, reflecting on the panopticon, how the ruling class hides the mechanisms of power, personal biases, and Rosa Luxemburg:
    http://nomadthought.blogspot.com/2010/12/test-post.html

  29. December 12, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    It’s Time To Let Go Of The Pain (Porn) http://bit.ly/gmk2MC

    How Black Women Have Been Hoodwinked Into Thinking Being “Thick” Is To Our Benefit http://bit.ly/ic5YQz

    DBR Alert: Every Black Male Is “Guilty” Before Being Proven Innocent http://bit.ly/hvcnTJ

  30. December 12, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    I posted a video of me getting a pie in the face. I’m selling a calendar for a women’s leadership charity and getting pied in the face for every 10 that I sell.

    Check it out http://www.antigonemagazine.wordpress.com

  31. December 12, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    I wrote about what I think matters most in all this talk about accusations made against Julian Assange: that ugly rape myths are being perpetuated and survivors are hurting, in Who hears you when you speak about rape?

    I also mused on motherhood and bodily experience in Maternity From Here.

  32. December 12, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    We had a busy week at ANIMadams:

    I blog about the new, manipulative female villain in Tangled (the new Disney animated princess film) and the tropes of waning youth/materialsm depictions of older women in media:

    http://animadams.blogspot.com/2010/12/mother-gothel-with-materialistic-motive.html

    While my blog-mate Alyssa posted interesting observations involving princess propaganda/Disney Princess roles with children:

    http://animadams.blogspot.com/2010/12/princess-propaganda.html

    and on the newest trope over the past few years that’s slowly leaking into animated films: the weak male lead character accompanied by the strong female secondary lead and how this gender portrayal is more harmful than good:

    http://animadams.blogspot.com/2010/12/prince-poindexter.html

    :)

  33. December 12, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    public apology for trashing my neighbors.
    http://www.returntoworkmom.com/2010/12/eating-crow.html

    Not shopping at slutty abercrombie. No way, no how.
    http://www.returntoworkmom.com/2010/12/this-sleigh-does-not-stop-at.html

    Wish List for Women My Age. Tampons with timers!
    http://www.returntoworkmom.com/2010/12/top-10-wish-list-items-for-moms-of.html

  34. December 12, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    I don’t get out to see many movies, but I was utterly disgusted by the coming attractions. Here’s my reaction. Now Showing At Your Local Cinema: Female Sexualization!
    http://www.achilleseffect.com/2010/12/now-showing-at-your-local-cinema-female-sexualization/

  35. December 12, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    On my blog I collect examples of horrific misogyny online. This week, the coffers were overflowing.

    One goofball misogynist has a strange take on a study that showed a lot of guys fake orgasms.

    Thoughts on the vilification of Assange’s accusers.

    The 21st anniversary of the Montreal Massacre inspired one guy to post a horrific little manifesto essentially justifying Lepine’s murderous rampage.

    How to blame feminism for everything: Extreme Homemaker Edition

    How to blame feminism for everything: Airport Lesbians Edition (An exceedingly strange and homophobic take on the new TSA screening procedures.)

    More misogyny, this time on the theme of women as children.

  36. December 12, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Have you ever calculated the real cost of your job? Take time to calculate your real hourly wage & see what you’re trading your life energy for: http://humaneconnectionblog.blogspot.com/2010/12/monday-mogo-tip-calculate-your-real.html

    Family is what we decide it is: http://humaneconnectionblog.blogspot.com/2010/12/family-is-what-we-decide-it-is.html

  37. December 12, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    I started a new blog called VeganSexual. I’ve written about my sensual experiences with vegan food, and intend to write more about queering the kitchen and bringing desire into the food conversation without objectifying women (cough cough, PeTA) while discussing vegan ethics. Here’s a post about eating Brussels sprouts (you have to read it to believe it)

    http://vegansexual.blogspot.com/2010/12/why-brussels-sprouts-are-my-new-main.html

  38. December 12, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Our weekend posts include Air Travel Couture, where Dr. Pat Allen looks back at her first flight and dressing up for it, and TedWomen, with videos from the conference.

  39. December 12, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    Every wondered if you were getting paid fairly at your job? Outside of web sites like salary.com and sweeping national-job-outlook reports that outline general pay ranges for certain industries and educational levels, there’s really not a good way to tell. Unless you’re in a union or a public employee, your salary is set using a shadowy and opaque process. What can you do to change this?

    Follow my advice and one day, maybe we’ll all be paid more fairly:
    Money should be transparent, not invisible

  40. December 12, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    This week I put up the culmination of several drafts and three months worth of research in: Wizard Rock: “Renting” a Room in J. K. Rowling’s Hogwarts. It’s about the Wizard Rock community. And if you don’t know what that is, you should definitely check it out. :)

  41. December 12, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    This week at A Bookish Beemer:

    Tales of Epilepsy: Refusing Treatment. I talk about the harassment I endured while refusing medication for my epilepsy, and the day my agency was taken from me.

    Judge Suspended For Crimes of Abusive Husband. An administrative judge was suspended when police discovered her husband’s pot when they were called to protect her from her abusive husband.

    Guy Friends and Boundaries. How a single boundary crossing can ruin friendships.

    Get Your Activism On: Changing the Rules. Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon is trying to change the filibuster rules. Check out his proposal, my analysis, and find out where to e-mail you Senator to urge them to support Merkley!

    I post my letter to Mitch McConnell urging him to extend unemployment, and post the link so others can contact their Senator, too.

  42. December 12, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    My main theme this week was the student protests in London against tuition fees, and the way they were policed. I and explained again why I believe that in the UK there is effectively no right to peaceful demonstration. It definitely appears that an explicit objective of the police tactics was to dissuade people from using their democratic right to protest.

    After Derek Burts, “Patient Zeta” came out, I revisited the debate about condoms in porn.

    I picked up the Tony Porter video from a couple of sources and loved it, but not completely.

    Finally, as a sex-positive, pro-sex work campaigner, I’m finally putting my body where my mouth is and have contacted an adult movie talent agency with a view to getting cast in something – if anyone knows anything about the company so I can be forewarned, I’d be grateful for any info people have, good or bad, about them.

  43. December 12, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    This week, I wrote about the rape apologism and misogyny surrounding the Assange rape charges, in a post entitled ‘This is what rape culture does.’ Trigger warnings for sexual assault, rape apologism, and victim-blaming.

    (I am wishing for the day when TWs weren’t necessary because triggers didn’t exist. *dies a little inside*)

  44. December 12, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    Hello world!

    This week at The Czech:

    “What are you, a camel jockey?”
    About violent Islamophobes on the subway in new York.

    Let’s Be Real: You’re Rich
    How much do you have to earn to be in the top 5% of income earners in the United States (i.e. “rich”)? It’s probably not what you think…

  45. Melissa
    December 12, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    Hello feministe! This week I wrote and directed a short video. It is about 3 women in college living in an apartment looking for a fourth roommate. Check it out if you are looking for a laugh :)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnDqybe0Lto

  46. December 12, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    I wrote about the basic failings of people with means, particularly when they intend to do good.

    The Fallacy of Privileged Activism

  47. December 12, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    This week, I’ve been trying to raise some pennies towards twinning a toilet in Burundi, Africa (although you can go straight to the Toilet Twinning site if you have a spare £60) and couldn’t face stumbling across another blog about how FEMINISM is responsible for the demise of the nuclear family.

  48. December 12, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Neither of these posts really touch on anything but my personal life (and even then, only cursorily), but I suppose they still count:

    I try to write a cute little update about how I’m not posting so much right now and end up whining about how it’s hard to say anything about abuse because it makes me uncomfortable and anxious.

    Quick Hit: Where I’m at Right Now, which has the information I should have included in the other post.

  49. December 12, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    I was asked to write something for a new site called Off Our Chests. OOC describes itself thusly:

    In the beginning it seems only fair that we should expose something about ourselves, so let’s start here: “only one thing’s more frightening than speaking your truth, and that’s not speaking it.” Bang!

    Naomi Wolf said that, and we couldn’t agree more and couldn’t say it better (that’s why we quoted her). And so we’ve built this place and this campaign to help encourage women to speak their truth – whatever it is.

    My piece is called “Fear, Loathing and S&M Sluthood in San Francisco”. It’s all about my insecurities (yay!). Here it is:
    http://offourchests.com/fear-loathing-and-sm-sluthood-in-san-francisco/

  50. December 12, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    Attention Whores: on everything that is wrong with that phrase.

  51. JetGirl
    December 12, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    One more — I am truly shameless.
    On how going through major surgery, and hospitalization, tends to infantilize you:
    http://onefemalegaze.wordpress.com/2010/12/12/the-hip-chronicles-part-v-im-a-big-girl-now/
    Trigger warning for medical stuff, needles and ickyness.

  52. December 12, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    Mother-blaming never goes out of season! Science sez: You are what your mother eats!”

    Also, based on the odd tale of a professional writer of term papers, I answer the burning question of whether the rise in plagiarism sounds the death knoll for academia as we’ve know it.

  53. December 12, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    I have moved to WordPress! You can see my serious blog at Something More Than Sides and my frivolous blog at An Ancient Ball Of String.
    I’ve ported all my posts across, but I’m stalk tweaking things, so please comment on the open threads, here and here

    On my frivolous blog, I dreamed about a mango-rum cocktail which turned out to be delicious, and talked about a hypothetical ethical formula company

    On my serious blog, I discussed Transgender Child Awareness Week and showed my support for Captain Bridget Clinch, a trans* army officer who fought for her right to serve.

  54. December 12, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    Happy Sunday, everyone! Monday was the National Day for Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women here in Canada and I wrote a piece about the hundreds of missing and murdered Aboriginal women who are often left out. http://2zelda.blogspot.com/2010/12/remember.html

  55. December 13, 2010 at 12:29 am

    Almost forgot to shamelessly promote myself on Sunday!

    Posted my presentation that I gave to my Critical Race Theory class on bell hooks, race & representation, essentialism, and “authenticity.” Discussed films “Fish Tank,” and “Precious.” Interested to hear others’ thoughts. Thanks!

    http://girlmeetslaw.wordpress.com/2010/12/07/bell-hooks-race-representation-essentialism-and-authenticity/

  56. Heo
    December 13, 2010 at 1:12 am

    http://heocwaeth.blogspot.com/2010/12/moment-i-started-hating-teaching.html

    A personal look at the culture that No Child Left Behind and its adherents have wrought on my school.

  57. Kristen J.
    December 13, 2010 at 2:13 am

    Well, this isn’t really a “post” per se, more of a preemptive response to one type of derails that always happen on threads about rape, particularly talking about legal definitions of rape when law isn’t the point. In any event, I’d love to hear comments on it to know if there’s something I’m missing.

    Rape, Defined

  58. December 13, 2010 at 2:17 am

    Ended up writing something new today and thought I might as well share it: Freewrite on the idea of borderlands ala Anzaldua

  59. December 13, 2010 at 3:55 am

    I responded to the “slactivism” of Facebook profile picture changing in an effort to supposedly end child abuse, and my frustrations with individuals posturing as philanthropists/altruists, when in reality they’re just updating their social networking profile: http://sparkandfizz.blogspot.com/2010/12/ranty-do-something-productive-or-get.html

  60. December 13, 2010 at 9:52 am

    Finals week fast approaches, which means instead of real posts, I just posted some pictures of my cat.

  61. December 13, 2010 at 10:06 am

    I wrote about an awful email I received from Chapters/Indigo and the genderization of gift lists.

  62. December 13, 2010 at 11:34 am

    Yes, I am completely breaking the week cut-off rule…I suspect twice over. :) Please forgive and still peruse but this includes some of my absolute favourites from the beginning of the obamarama era and just had to spew. Cheerio, all! :)

    Tuesday, November 30, 2010
    I saw another article about obamarama and his big “betrayal”…

  63. December 13, 2010 at 11:35 am

    sorry for the run on. only caught it after i pressed “submit”. don’t like that word “submit”. it feels so…subjugated. :)

  64. December 13, 2010 at 11:58 am

    A feminist take on Black Swan. Excerpt:

    “Perfectionism is the great burden of this generation of young women, as Courtney Martin and others have written so well and so often. Perfectionism is inextricably bound up with disregard for one’s own bodily needs: sleep and food stand in the way of living up to the crushing burden of external and internal expectations. Pain is a necessary, even welcome price to pay; in the strange economy of young women’s ambitions, if it doesn’t hurt, it can’t be trusted. Aronofsky captures this brilliantly in Black Swan; the staggering beauty of the dancing is always built on pain. Even before Nina’s descent into madness, we see the quotidian agonies of a dancer’s life. (There’s a great shot of Portman ripping out what little support exists in her ballet slippers so that she can be even more perfectly en pointe.) In her frailty and her reckless, joyless ambition, Nina is an all-too-familiar figure.”

  65. December 13, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    New Bourgie Baby blog post:
    Feeling “Some Kinda” Way or Can I borrow #Dwele’s horn section?”

    a round-about response to Nicki Minaj’s reproach of reaching back to female MC’s before her

  66. December 13, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    I wrote about slapping my head with the realization that Don Draper’s story arc on Mad Men is reminiscent of transgender experience, over on I Fry Mine in Butter: http://wp.me/pQHmS-2l1

  67. December 14, 2010 at 11:16 am

    This week has been awesome on so many levels. For one, I began the second blog on my website. It is called The Zenful Kitchen. It is one of those weird dream things that brought into being. However, it is a space in which I will be reflecting on the ways that things which happen in and through the kitchen can lead us to a higher place of understanding and enlightenment in the world. in this first post, I reflect on what brought this into being and what I learned from eating an orange . So welcome to The Zenful Kitchen. http://www.inspiritual.biz/the-zenful-kitchen/2010/12/12/welcome-to-the-zenful-kitchen.html

    My second piece of writing this week is a continuation of my reflections on self evolution. I found myself traveling back to my days in seminary and a book my homiletics professor gave me to read by Ruth Gendler called The Book of Qualities. In this book, courage and compassion are friends. So this piece is about courage and compassion, both of which are qualities needed to make this world a more humane place for us all to live. http://www.inspiritual.biz/inspiritual-reflections/2010/12/13/courages-friend-compassion.html

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