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Tibetsgiving:
Giving Thanks on the Roof of the World

ཟས་བྲོ་ཅན་ཡོད་ན་མགྲོན་ལ་བྱིན། གཏམ་དོན་ཅན་ཡོད་ན་གཉེན་ལ་ཤོད། “If you have delicious food, give it to your guest. If you have important things to say, say it at a wedding.” —Tibetan proverb Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. Though it is difficult to look past the holiday’s unsavory origins, the delectable food and coming together … Continue reading Tibetsgiving:
Giving Thanks on the Roof of the World

Oh Come, All Ye Hungry, to a Chinese Restaurant on Christmas

Growing up in a Jewish household in suburban New Jersey, I always found the Christmas holiday season a bit awkward. While many houses on our street were decorated with brightly colored lights and a tree, ours was not. While my schoolmates harked the herald angels, joyful and triumphant, I dared … Continue reading Oh Come, All Ye Hungry, to a Chinese Restaurant on Christmas

Slurping in the New Year with Okinawan Sparerib Soup

Editor’s note: This recipe originally appeared in the 1991 Smithsonian Institution Press publication Smithsonian Folklife Cookbook, compiled by Katherine and Thomas Kirlin.  For Japanese and Okinawans, New Year’s is the most festive holiday, an occasion also to rectify financial and social debts. Traditional Japanese cooks tend to prepare fish and … Continue reading Slurping in the New Year with Okinawan Sparerib Soup

Owning Identity: Sartorial Expressions at the Million Man March Anniversary

Through Lines: Critical Reflections on Practice, Culture, and Community is an occasional series about our endeavors to integrate mission, vision, and values in response to the events that unfold daily in neighborhoods near and far. It is a place for us to reflect upon our practice, honor our legacy, and … Continue reading Owning Identity: Sartorial Expressions at the Million Man March Anniversary

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