Category Archives: Diversity

Wednesday’s Word to the Free: Phew! I Wasn’t Good at This, Anyway

Gift-giving is very common around the world, but in Japan, people have it down to a science. In a rather genteel fashion, you give in order to “even a score” somehow; if someone does something nice for you (or is … Continue reading

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Ostrich or Eagle?

  Watching the news lately makes me feel like this ostrich. How about you? I keep thinking that if I don’t watch for awhile, maybe certain groups will stop being barbaric, runaway diseases will somehow be cured, and the home … Continue reading

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Follow that Kid! Surprised by Diversity–Again

A student approached me with that look–the kind of look that reminds me again what a privilege it is to live in a community where the whole world seems to be at my fingertips (or. quite literally, on my playground). … Continue reading

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Rosh Hashanah: An Annual Wake-up Call

Three weeks into school, and the playground is buzzing. Most of what I’m seeing is good, old-fashioned fun–football, tetherball, jungle gyms, jump rope. Inevitably, though, the fun often brings with it some cries of “cheater,” “no fair!” and “She’s being … Continue reading

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“Fred, Fred, Use Your Head!” (A Plea for Common Sense)

Conviction: To believe in something enough to fight for it, to suffer as a consequence of it, to risk everything for it. Pilgrims brought their families to a stretch of wilderness out of religious convictions; abolitionists and civil rights leaders, both … Continue reading

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“Touch your Shoulders, Touch your Knees,” and have a Happy Easter!

Happy Easter, Friends and Family! This week on the playground, I learned a new word: Sigdet. I made the boy who told me about it repeat it about ten times, because it was so unfamiliar to me! It comes from … Continue reading

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Hearing God’s Voice in Books and Butterflies?

When I was radioactive and isolated for a week for thyroid cancer treatment a number of years ago, I couldn’t touch anything I couldn’t wash and would need again in the next three months, so I spent the week reading … Continue reading

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Winter Candelabras: Answer Time!

So, how do you think you did on last Sunday’s quiz? If you missed it, see Winter Candelabras: Quiz Time at https://sonjaandersonbooks.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=454&action=edit and see how much you know about candelabras used in special winter holiday celebrations, like Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. Here … Continue reading

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Winter Candelabras: Quiz Time!

Several Swedish candelabras light up my big, Pacific NW-style windows over the Christmas season. Their bright, red color and white lights give my over-sized windows a feeling of coziness that’s missing the rest off the year. This past weekend, I … Continue reading

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Have You had an Epiphany Lately?

Webster’s Dictionary says that the word, “epiphany,” means “an appearance or manifestation of a god or other supernatural being,” or, as celebrated by the Christian Church, Epiphany is a festival on January 6th that commemorates the “revealing of Jesus as the … Continue reading

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