I want ramen fo…

I want ramen for lunch. RAW-MAN. Make sure there’s a man in it. But no nose cuz I don’t like boogers. And no fingers or toes because the nails are gross. And maybe not the brain, or the blood. You know what, never mind, this isn’t going to work. I’ll just have ramen.

Aliyah.

Beta Israel: Snapshots Of The Ethiopian Jewish Community : NPR

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Photographer Ilan Ossendryver admits he didn’t know much about Ethiopian Jews before receiving an assignment to cover their migration to Israel.

Makeesha Hall Fisher‘s insight:

I visited an "absorption centre" when I was in Israel in the late 90s. I got to play with a bunch of the kids there. It was a very unique experience and one I will always treasure.

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Gay Men’s Sexism and Women’s Bodies

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Some believe that since gay men do not want to be sexually intimate with women, our uninvited touching and groping is benign.

Makeesha Hall Fisher‘s insight:

I haven’t ever seen/heard this brought up but it’s something I have definitely observed. In fact, I’ve seen it and experienced it in clothing stores the most. I remember a Gap I was in once where a young man was moving freely in and out of the women’s changing area and being very forward with touching (without permission) the female customers as he offered fitting advice. Not one of the several women I observed confronted him or even tried to back away aggressively but all of them looked uncomfortable about the experience. To me, one thing this signifies is the importance of understanding that consent about what you can do with a another person’s body is not about sex.

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The second best part of my day

ImageThe second best part of each school day for me (after the greetings I get from my girls at pick up) is the walk to school. Most school days, we pass the same people doing the same things.The family with the black lab who walks himself (holding his leash in his mouth), the kindergartener with Down’s Syndrome who always says “good morning” with a huge grin, the greyhound with the coat who gets walked by the school at the same time each morning by his human who looks eerily like him, the elderly Chinese man who does his morning walk around the school every day and greets us when we walk by, the middle aged dads with bed head, the grandmas with their housecoats and slippers and then all the effusive greetings from the girls’ classmates who know me from being around so much – “Good morning Shayel’s mom!” “Good morning Ms. Makeesha!” “Hiiiiiii!!!!!”. The wet pacific air, the familiar sidewalk cracks, the thump thump thump of the secondary school students doing their morning PE jog around the school, the crows, the beeping of the crosswalk, the endless hum of cars, the downtown skyline, the breathtaking view of the mountains…sometimes it’s good to stop and take it all in and experience a moment of unabashed gratitude. 

I will forever adore Hermione

The Women of The Harry Potter Universe | Canonball.

“She doesn’t end up with the hero; she is not there to be Harry’s love interest. She is a total badass despite her prim & proper reputation. So often, female characters are allowed to be aggressive or rebellious, but in exchange are stripped of traditionally feminine qualities & are forced to pick up masculine traits. Hermione is never made to do that. She is written to be highly logical AND emotionally expressive, a combination not afforded to today’s leading ladies.”

I always loved Hermione for this reason. She is so much like me. I would read the books and watch the movies and repeatedly think, “That’s what I would do!” or “That’s how I would behave!” or “OMG she’s just like me!”. Even as an adult, I found renewed inspiration to be fully feminine and fully badass in a fictional teenage girl.

Rebirth

I think people aren’t reborn into the life cycle very often because they’re buried in coffins and their atoms get trapped. – Shayel (10)

Shayel’s thoughts on reincarnation. She believes reincarnation is the reintegration of our atoms into the life cycle and that while we’re not conscious of it, it’s an important part of the universe’s process. This is why she doesn’t want to be buried in a coffin or cremated.