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Published in Geez: On Raising Activist Children

So, I’m excited to have another published piece in Geez Magazine. Here’s the article (you’ll have to get your own copy if you want to see it in print)…

On Raising Activist Children

I want to raise my children valuing the importance of relationship and community.

I want them to see giving as far more enjoyable and valuable then receiving (yes, even at Christmas time).

I want my children to know, and lend me insight, into the paradoxes of Jesus’ teachings: Love your enemies, deny yourself, seek first the kingdom, faith like a child in a kingdom like a mustard seed.

I want my kids to know that there are better uses of your time then comatose entertainment and that more toys won’t make you more happy.

I want them to know that following Jesus is much more about hanging out in the park with the homeless and having banquets for the needy, than it is about going to a building to sing songs and eating out on Sunday with people that all look and act the same.

I want my kids to know that worship includes planting gardens and giving food, clothes and shelter to others.

I want them to know that we bike because it’s fun, and it’s taking good care of this lovely planet God gave us.

I want my kids to know the importance of wearing clothes and eating food that was prepared justly and not by a child their age in a sweatshop.

I want my kids to know that God will care for their needs, but that it is more important to live simply so that others might simply live.

I want my kids to have fun, playing at the park, reading books at the library, going on adventures all over town, building castles out of refrigerator boxes, redeeming others trash into tree forts.

Afterword (one year later)

It’s been a little over one year since we’ve begun to explore the world in a new light as we chase our little daughter wherever her feet will take her. One year isn’t really a definitive point at which to declare victory, but we’ve found small bits of encouragement as we look back and continue to look forward. Our daughter is as likely to wave at the disheveled drunk man on the bus as she is to pat on the back the nuns who live a few houses down. Her only fascination with televisions and computer screens is the ability to turn them off (and on, and off, and on, and off). She enjoys picking tomatoes in the garden, though she hasn’t learned what’s ripe – which brings us so much joy since they are from our backyard or the community gardens in the neighborhood. She’s spent much more time traveling in strollers, backpacks, and bike carriers than riding in her car-seat – the only down-side of which is that she tends to be squirmy and unhappy when we have to strap her into it.  Our little girl is going to grow up in a community that is as culturally diverse as possible, given that we live in Minnesota, and she is going to have a much easier time spotting the oppressive structures of poverty and racism than we who have grown up oblivious to our privilege since we don’t know anyone adversely affected by it.  So really, even though there is so much more to do; even though we could dwell on where we fall short in our abilities to be at protests and attempts to stop world-hunger, hopefully we are changing not just ourselves, but the whole world just one little girl at a time.

(Published in Geez Magazine, Issue 12, The what-is-commonly-referred-to-as Activism Issue, Winter 2008)

Flash Back: Writing for RelevantMagazine.com

In 2005 I had the opportunity (multiple ones) to write articles for Relevantmagazine.com. I really enjoyed it and it was a chance to see what writing on deadlines and for a professional media company was like. I enjoyed the discussion that came from the articles and the audience that had the chance to read them.

I’ve had problems with Relevant magazine, but I feel like the audience they are reaching is the same audience I would like to reach, so as they gave me opportunity I wrote. Below is links to the images of each article, and below that are the links to the actual articles. If you want feel free to take some time to read the articles. Hopefully you find they stay true to my passions and not just me catering to the Relevant crowd.

Getting published

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In Order: What Would it Take, Poor College Students, Remembering 9/10, Crisis in Darfur, Earthquake in Pakistan, Fair Trade at the Supermarket, New Year’s Resolutions. (click on the image for an image of the page, they are no longer available on the relevant website).

The year concluded with another exciting development, my article (edited by Jesse Carey) about New Year’s Resolutions was the featured article on the email newsletter, 850 words of Relevant.

A Story in Six Words period

We interrupt are regularly schedule thought bubble for an attempt at blogosphere interaction. I was tagged by Vegankid to write a story in six words. Seeing as I’m hosting a blog carnival* on Saturday I figured I better give in to this “tagging” concept and try my hand at a six word story…

Met Homeless, Sold Hummer. Now Happy.

There you have it folks, my Six Word Story!
Now it’s my turn to tag away…
Looks like the next 6 words are going to be coming from Indie, Zach, Richard, Lori, Jamie, and Patrick (token new guy).

*The Blog Carnival on Saturday will basically be one blog post were I highlight a bunch of Blog post from other bloggers concerning the topic of racism. It should be a really interesting post so hopefully you’ll find it useful.

The Results are in!

As you can see, most of you don’t mind more posts. For the few that do only want one a day I’m going to try and figure out and show you a way to subscribe to just one.

Now, this doesn’t mean I will necessarily post more then once a day, but I wanted to make sure I wasn’t imposing too much on you if I do. For those that receive the email update this shouldn’t be a problem at all since it automatically puts each days posts (one or more) into one email. So it shouldn’t be anymore clutter then normal.

One of the things I’m hoping to do is post more of my podcasts within the blog so that folks who don’t come to the site have a chance to listen to and discuss them. I’ll also post links to interesting articles and other items I’ve read.

That’s about it. Hope you enjoy this second post of the day.

Too much in my head!

Wow, I’ve really been neglecting my writing. The crazy thing about it for me is that I recognize how important and theraputic and helpful it is for me to write. I’ve had all these ideas and thoughts inside my head and I haven’t taken the time to write many of them down. I like putting them on the blog because it encourages me to think further about them.
Sometimes I forget about things I wanted to write, other times, like now, they bang around in my head for weeks till I finally sit down and punch them out. These might be short post here, but hopefully I can get my thoughts out well either way. I know your not interested in a post like this anyways.

P.S. More podcast to follow.

I’ve been watching too much TV

So, a brief glance over my recent post shows I’ve been watching a little too much TV.

Sure, I’ve been watching things of my choosing on my computer at the times I want to, but I probably need to do a bit more thinking and commentary on my own.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the clips I’ve shared. Let me know if you want me to continue sharing them, or if your more interested in writing then watching.

I’ll still have more clips I’ll send your way at some point, but I’m gonna try and tone down the day to day stuff (especially the political stuff). So if your interested in what I laugh at, it’s The Daily Show, but I won’t post much more about it.

Lot’s more posts to come, I’ve got time on my hands to write, so I’m gonna try to do as much as I can.

This is my journal

I know I’ve mentioned this multiple times before, but I felt the need to say it again to remind myself. I really started this blog to serve as a place for me to share my thoughts with others, but mainly as an open notebook, not a polished presentation.
This might be better titled “Ariah’s Notebook,” but in a sense that is what this is all about. “Trying to Follow” is about my attempt to follow the truthes that I believe are right (I should probably write a few post explaining that title a little more).
So here is to more writing. More open thinking, more vulnerability. Please be kind.

Busy weekend

It was a fairly busy weekend and unfortunately I didn’t take much time to sit down and write. I have a LOT of things on my mind that I want to write about, it’s just a matter of finding the time.

Lord willing I’ll have a little time Monday afternoon but we’ll see.

Just to wet your appetite and keep you guessing, here are some titles for possible upcoming posts:

Why I cut up our credit cards
How my wife and I manage to live on $1000 a month (not really)
Weekly Podcast update
The idea of Entitlement
The ethics of space (particularly as it relates to home ownership)
Five steps the church can take to just wages for women
Continued “Threads” series
Pocket Guide to the Bible review
Dear Francis Documentary review
Going to the PAPA Festival
Why Community is important
A nightmare of my demise (it involves coffee and new shoes)

Hope you stay tuned…