Would Bathroom Humor Tourism be Popular in Cultures Outside of the USA?

(This post originally appeared 9/2013.) A review of recent photos from road trips with my son Lucca has yielded a certain theme.  Let me give you a sampling: World’s Largest Toilet, Columbus, IN, August, 2013 Shit Fountain, Chicago, IL Special Birthday Outing, April 2013 Crapo Park, Burlington, IA March 2013 Aside from me clearly being…

Yoga, Connection, at I Grow Chicago Peace House

Whenever I teach yoga I always leave feeling taller and calmer, standing proud with beautiful posture, thinking only positive thoughts about the world and all of its people. “You must be in a hurry,” I smile at the person cutting me off on my drive home. “Go ahead.” Have you ever wondered, “Hmmm…what if everyone…

I’ve taught him to be open to other cultures. Now he’s rejecting his own…

I could not be more proud that my son can watch Aladdin and immediately realize that the underlying stereotype when only the villain speaks with a Middle Eastern accent.  Or questioning the underlying bias of the positioning of modern African folk art as items of tribal ritual in an art museum.  After all, we’ve been…

Mrs. Obama, Great Military PSA on iCarly. What about the Show’s Violence and Rasicm?

Dear Mrs. Obama, Wow, what a cool appearance on I-Carly (debuted January 16, “iMeet the First Lady.” How exciting to use such a popular platform to spread the message about how important it is to support military families.  It was a brilliant marketing idea (I understand it was yours) to reach the 5.5 million people…

Activities to teach 5 year olds to stand up against prejudice and institutional bias, in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

5-years-old seems really young to explain to a child about racism, prejudice, inclusion and exclusion.  Yet we know that even at that tender age our kids are already barraged by images and messages on TV and media and have possibly already experienced being left out or made fun of for being different themselves. Just ask…