Welcome | february 2012

There’s a fairly old joke among Black folks that says we were given February to celebrate our heritage because it’s the shortest month of the year. Meaning, of course, that’s about as much as we could expect. I often consider the juxtaposition of Black History Month and St. Valentine’s Day. When I think about the […]

Welcome | january 2012

Historically, people tend to start big things on the first of the year. Political and history-making decisions aplenty have occurred on the first: Lincoln freed the slaves, Ellis Island opened, Castro took power in Cuba, Nixon’s top aides were found guilty of obstruction (Watergate), and the Portuguese named a place already on the map: Rio […]

Welcome | december 2011

  There are a lot of celebrations worldwide this time of year. South Africa celebrates the Day of Reconciliation (December 16), Buddhists celebrate Bodhi Day (December 8), and Finns and Kenyans celebrate their independence (December 6 & 12 , respectively). Of course, there are those better known celebrations: Hannukah, Kwanzaa, the Muslim celebration of Eid […]

Welcome | november 2011

Nonviolence, waged with steady uncompromising discipline has brought down governments worldwide. Organized disobedience with the willingness the see one’s opponent as human unsettles those who are set on using force to get what they want. The Occupy movement’s steady growth encourages a look at a different way to be–a different way to be human and […]

Welcome | october 2011

“In the process of helping the earth to heal, we help ourselves.” ~ Wangari Maathai In India, banyan trees are called trees of knowledge and trees of life, a fitting symbol for our October theme, sustainability, which by definition is “the capacity to endure.” In a world out of balance we have to rediscover equilibrium […]

Welcome | september 2011

“We have a powerful potential in our youth, and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that we may direct their power toward good ends.” –Mary McLeod Bethune September is commonly the month that kids go back to school, leaves in the Northern hemisphere begin turning from green to gold, […]

Welcome | august 2011

A month with no national holidays, August is often considered one of the hottest months of the year. The heat rises as the sun blocks our view of the dog star, Sirius, giving August its own personal phrase, “the dog days of August.” It is the same month that Dutch sailors brought Africans to Jamestown […]

Welcome | july 2011

In this issue we wanted to take a look back at several of the stories we’ve included in transform. reflecting on their importance. Given that July is a month in which many, many countries have won their independence perhaps it’s appropriate. No doubt they were all looking toward where they were going, rejoicing about what […]

Welcome | june 2011

We often think of storytelling as the thing a teacher, parent, or older sibling did when we were little. They’d sit beside us and read (or tell) a story. But stories are more than that; stories are primary to our lives. They are the way we communicate nearly everything, from the spoken to the unspoken. […]

Welcome | april 2011

It’s suggested that April’s etymology is related to aperire, the Latin word for “open.” Whether or not that’s accurate, it’s apt. Spring tends to bring out our openness. There is a need to get out into the world and to connect with others, to enjoy the Earth. What does it mean to enjoy the Earth? Considering […]

welcome | march 2011

This month we’re focusing on empowerment, some of which leans into the empowerment of women (it’s Women’s History Month, after all) and all of which links that bridge between destruction and creation. Considering the coming of Mardi Gras, the spring equinox, and the large-scale change happening in a couple of spots around the world–Egypt, Tunisia, […]

welcome | february 2011

As we do every February we’re taking a look at relationships, those that are harmonious and those that struggle for harmony. We can consider the changing relationship happening as we speak between Egyptian citizens and their government, and the constant struggle of what it means to be in relationship with the US as a Black […]

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