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Ice Bucket Challenge deserves respect, not jeers

It was only a matter of time before the ALS Bucket Challenge attracted negative attention, just because it’s been so successful. Every business owner dreams of seeing a product they promote go viral — and as a person who runs a business reliant on the generosity of others, it’s beautiful to see people dousing themselves … Continue reading Ice Bucket Challenge deserves respect, not jeers

It Takes a Village

It takes a village. While working remotely helping my 70-year old father set up his home in western Greece, I found myself surrounded by nothing but wilderness, mountains, and extended family.  After living in a village, in a country with starkly different values than in the US, there is no denying how deeply divided we are over … Continue reading It Takes a Village

Pursuit of same-sex marriage promises to be a bumpy one

Americans love our democracy; we want to spread it across the world. We believe in the will of the people. We love our three branches of government, and we are practically giddy electing our peers to represent our districts and our states. And every four years we nearly salivate over the prospect of putting our … Continue reading Pursuit of same-sex marriage promises to be a bumpy one

15 Things Men Between 18-45 Need to Know to Look Like a Local in the Villages and Towns of Western Greece

1. Men in western Greece do not put product in their hair. In this economy, who do you think you are? Daddy Warbucks? Do not look like you use gel, hairspray, clay or any kind of goop to look stylish. Get a bad haircut like a futbol player & be done with it. Your Yaya … Continue reading 15 Things Men Between 18-45 Need to Know to Look Like a Local in the Villages and Towns of Western Greece

‘NOH8’ an effective affront to recent wave of hatred

When people see what Adam Bouska captures through the lens of his camera, it’s difficult to deny he has a vision: A world where every face has the chance to express NOH8. NOH8 (phonetically — “no hate”) is a “photographic silent protest created by celebrity photographer Bouska and partner Jeff Parshley.” The campaign aims to … Continue reading ‘NOH8’ an effective affront to recent wave of hatred

The World Cup is the New Melting Pot

The World Cup is everywhere this year, like no year before. The World Cup has surpassed any chatter about the 2014 Sochi Olympics (even with all the angst between President Obama and Vladimir Putin), the 2014 Super Bowl and this year’s March Madness on social media. In Spain or Brazil this wouldn’t be a surprise … Continue reading The World Cup is the New Melting Pot

Orange is the New Black star talks transgender

We love villains. We want to know them and what makes them evil. We’ve become sophisticated enough to know villains aren’t evil just to be evil; they have a story – a story with which we may often relate. So we love our villains because being bad sometimes makes us feel good. Evil was once … Continue reading Orange is the New Black star talks transgender

Memorial Day doesn’t mask divisions from an old war

We united Monday to celebrate Memorial Day, but now it’s time to divide & conquer again. Memorial Day has a disputed origin but an undisputed purpose – to pay respect to fellow countrymen who fought and died during the American Civil War. We’ve been celebrating this national holiday since the late 1800’s, — and we’ve … Continue reading Memorial Day doesn’t mask divisions from an old war

Elaine Noble – 1974

It’s been 40 years since our friend Elaine Noble took the stand to defend marriage equality in this video, and even though our messages are more refined; the arguments are still the same. Consider all of the loving couples who never got to see today, especially those LGBT people who endured the kind of bias Elaine … Continue reading Elaine Noble – 1974