In honor of one the most influential leaders of our time, Nelson Mandela was a man of conviction and courage. We are grateful for his life and legacy. The image was taken by our editor Ryan White on a recent trip to South Africa.
Happy December! Due to a very late Thanksgiving we are heading straight from one holiday right into the next, and in some cases, even have overlapping ones. Fortunately, we had Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, AND Giving Tuesday all in immediate succession to get us into the consumer spirit. Yes, those are all things now. No, I don’t know why we need them all.
But what to get? Last year I had a little gift giving series to help you buy gifts for your folks and for the people of various ages in your life. Now I’m back to once again help you through the perils of the holiday season. Today, I present Gift Giving in the Workspace: Gifts for co-workers.
Editor’s Note: We know that this is by no means a faith blog or a Christian magazine (it’s literary, yo!), but sometimes we gab about God and write about famous-only-to-Christian writers. This post first appeared on the God’s Politics blog run by Sojourners.
I think what turned me off the most was the hair. It was just so … big. And the scrappy “don’t mess with Texas” vibe. And the fact that evangelical moms all over the country were fans. As a third generation New Yorker, cynicism and snark have been bred into me, along with an affinity for black clothing and pretentious coffee. So it has surprised everyone — including me — that I have spent the past year going through (and recommending) Beth Moore studies.
How did it happen? Well, I moved from my hometown of New York City to Washington, D.C., and while I was exploring various employment opportunities, I had a lot of free time. The wife of the former associate pastor at the church I’d started attending invited me to join a “women’s Bible study” that met on Friday mornings. They were doing a Beth Moore study called Breaking Free. It seemed fishy to me — who are the only women who have free time on Friday mornings? Moms. And Beth Moore? I had spent six years attending and four years on staff at a church in New York that got super famous because of its own rockstar, hyper-intellectual, and somewhat post-modern teaching. We prided ourselves on not being … well, like Beth Moore.
Tis the season! Some of you haters are out there still hating, but it’s December, the first Sunday of Advent has passed, the tinsel and candy canes have been decorating CVS for weeks now and the Christmas tree stands are lining the sidewalks of New York. The season is early enough that you’re not yet tired of the sweet strains of “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus,” “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” and “Silent Night” and holiday shopping is more of a planning exercise than a frantic last-minute chore. But it’s definitely beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
Now, if you’re not in a festive spirit quite yet, there’s no need to fret. The magic of Hollywood is strong, my friend, stronger than you or me. If you’re serious about appreciating the season, here are 21 holiday movies that will take you (or your favorite grinch) straight through to Christmas Eve. Continue reading
We here at TWR are no strangers to the barren wasteland of unemployment. Having spent considerable time navigating my own way out of the office after the words “your services are no longer required” are uttered, I decided to cobble together this handy guide for those of you who find yourselves jobless. As always, you’re welcome.
1. Come up with a signature move. Football players have their endzone dances in times of victory–why not trademark a sassy and unique response to the heave-ho in your moment of defeat? For example, my most recent job loss occurred due to “corporate restructuring.” Had I only read the writing on the wall (aka a vaguely threatening and misspelled email regarding productivity from a higher-up with a loose grip on grammar), I would have been able to prepare what I wish had been my parting words: “Restructure THIS!” and then moonwalked out the front door with both middle fingers blazing. Or there was my previous job, when my boss let me go after I told her I was pregnant and she informed me that “this path [I] had chosen” was going to “interfere with [her] travel plans.” Looking back, the perfect retort would have been, “Oh, you’re going on a trip? What time does the bus leave for HELL?” Continue reading