Category Archives: Peace & Justice

Child Labor and The Girl Effect

  Jayanti was only 8 years old when my brother-in-law discovered her. She had been working as a live-in domestic servant for the people next door in their small town in West Bengal. It was clear by her appearance that … Continue reading

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A Love Letter to Japan

It’s been almost a week since the air raid sirens sounded at 1 a.m… The voices on the radio were very calm, with their warm Hawaiian accents, telling us to seek higher ground. We had lots of time, two hours, … Continue reading

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International Women’s Day: 100 Years!

Tuesday, March 8, marks the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. I’d never heard of it, either. Turns out, it’s a day to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present, and future, and to demand a better … Continue reading

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The Forgotten Girls

I was first introduced to the widows of Vrindaban when I was barely 20 years old and on my first pilgrimage to India. A small group of us were walking the 14 kilometer path around Govardhan Hill with our guru … Continue reading

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The Ideology of Partition

Both of my husband’s parents immigrated to West Bengal as very small children from what became known as East Pakistan at the time of India’s independence –now the country of Bangladesh. If you saw the movie, Gandhi, you might remember the scenes … Continue reading

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