Never Beyond Help!

I was truly shocked and saddened when I heard the news on the radio yesterday morning. I’m not sure if it was especially shocking since another celebrity, Kate Spade, had just taken her own life days earlier. I remembered Robin Williams. I remembered a news story I just read about an Australian women who threw…

Beyond Recycling in Jordan

Originally posted on My Amman Life:
Meet Amal J. Madanat, a Jordanian social and environmental activist. This is her personal 8-year (and counting) story with how she’s helping clean-up Jordan with her “Towards Zero Waste” initiative. Zero Waste – It starts with yourself In 2010, at 50 years old, Amal retired from work and decided…

Maya Angelou: Beyond Courageous

Maya Angelou is one of one of my favorite poets, philosophers, social commentators, human beings. She always says it right. She is a master of her craft. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is one of the most beautiful and heart wrenching books I’ve ever read. And if you’ve read it, you know that…

Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ moral relativism

Originally posted on Why Evolution Is True:
Today’s Jesus and Mo, titled “basis”, came with the emailed note, “Moses is back again, with his newfangled book-learnin’.” The strip implies that “normative” moral relativism, which is prescriptive behavior rather than merely a description of variance across societies, is a good thing. That puzzles me a bit,…

Beyond Bold: Baby Girl Reports from the Occupied West Bank

  Meet 10-yr-old Palestinian Journalist  How could this story not catch my attention?!  I do worry about the effects of oppression and war on children in places like Palestine, and I worry about the traumatic experiences that such young children have to endure and the injustice of it all. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been raging…

Beyond Child Marriage: Afghan Rapper with a Message

Story and video: 100 Women: Afghan Rapper Escapes Child Marriage This story is an inspiration to us all, to never give up, to keep fighting for what we believe in, to work at it day by day. Do you know of other rappers with messages of hope and change and social justice? Please share some…

Beyond Death Threats: Palestinian Woman Drives Taxi

The Only Female Cab Driver in Palestine… (Full article at world.mic) Nadia Ahmad is doing something that no other Palestinian woman has done before – be a cab driver. And I, for one, am proud of her courage. Of course, she faced some pretty serious obstacles…from groups of male cab drivers and the media and…