New Year, New Blog…Sort Of

New Year, New Blog…Sort Of

Hello Meltingpot Readers, I’m still here. In the midst of an existential blog crisis. As usual at the beginning of a new year I wonder if anybody is actually still reading My American Meltingpot. I know a few dedicated souls are and I thank you for that. And as usual I always consider shutting this all down. But I can’t. I just can’t. Instead I’m tinkering and playing with new ideas and fantasizing and dreaming. All good things for a creative person like myself. So, please stay tuned as I…

Magazines for the Holidays: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Magazines for the Holidays: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Hello Meltingpot Readers, It’s that time of the year again when we’re all supposed to focus on the reason for the season: consumerism. Yes, it seems to me that every year Christmas becomes more about gift giving than reflecting on the changing seasons, the birth of Christ (if that’s you’re thing), a celebration of light (if that’s your thing) and / or giving to the less fortunate and counting our own blessings. But I don’t mean to rain on anyone’s gift giving parade. I realize there is something intrinsically wonderful…

ICYMI: “100 Men of Color Greeted Kids on Their First Day of School”

ICYMI: “100 Men of Color Greeted Kids on Their First Day of School”

Hello Meltingpot Readers, This morning I posted the following quote by David Wolfe on my Facebook page, “Promote what you love instead of bashing what you hate.” Ironic because I fell asleep last night wondering if focusing on the positive and the good could be the antidote to the horror unfolding daily in this world. I get exhausted just thinking about working to undo the damage being done by racist politicians, hyper-violent cops, the NRA, and countless other “evil doers” in our midst. But I have to do something. I…

Music for Melancholy: Ms. Meltingpot Needs a Lift

Music for Melancholy: Ms. Meltingpot Needs a Lift

Hi Meltingpot Readers, It’s late. I’m tired. But it’s Monday, so I have to post something. I promised. But lately, dear readers, my life is getting so full it’s hard for me to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I’ve given up searching for some sort of work/life balance and am just aiming for a work/work balance that doesn’t kill me or cause me to kill anybody else. But I know the end is in sight. In fact, when I hand in my tenure files and my…

Dispatches from Pakistan Where Women Can Be Jailed for Falling in Love #WomensLives

Dispatches from Pakistan Where Women Can Be Jailed for Falling in Love #WomensLives

Hi Meltingpot Readers, So, tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. With three kids ranging in age from three to 13 and not a babysitter in sight, my Valentine’s Day means Taco Night and silly movies that will appeal to a teen and a toddler. Plus we’re making pink sugar cookies. Not exactly the most romantic plans, but I’ve never been a huge fan of this holiday that commercializes the most important and miraculous human emotion, love. I always felt pressured to feel something and do something to prove how much I loved…

In Honor of MLK: Do Something!

In Honor of MLK: Do Something!

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Happy MLK Day! I hope those of you with the day off, enjoyed a break from your regular routine, however you spent it, even if that meant catching up on your laundry. Since I’ve been sick and missed an entire week’s worth of work, I spent the majority of my day at my office playing catch up. But that doesn’t mean I can’t find a way to honor Dr. King’s Legacy today, and every day for that matter, because I think that’s what this day is really…