Posada

This Saturday I am joining 150 others on a 12+ hour experiential learning day in Tijuana among the migrant caravan.  Our day has been designed to first simply be with the migrants themselves, to meet them in person rather than through news media sound bites and video clips. We will hear individual stories and share …

More Empathy (Bell)!

Y'all know the iconic phrase, "More cow bell!".... right? From that over-the-top SNL skit featuring Will Ferrell in a Blue Oyster Cult-esque band where he not just added some background beats but overpowered the music and vocals with that raucous cow bell... but it was never quite enough for the producer who kept demanding "more …

thank you Deb

I've taken a longer break from blogging than intended, and for the last few weeks it's been due to the tsunami of grief that hit like a cement truck when I got news that my dear friend Deb was in her final weeks if not days.  Her wide circle of friends knew of her battle …

What’s Your Empathy Wall?

"Scaling the empathy wall"-- that's what author Arlie Russell Hochschild challenged herself to do in researching for five years and finally writing her book, "Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right."  As a sociologist and writer living in far left Berkley, she wanted to not merely understand those politically opposite …

Ryah Vida = ???

So, what's up with my website name, anyway?  Yes, Ryah is my surname, and of course everyone knows Vida means "life" in Spanish thanks to that sage cultural commentator Ricky Martin (Livin' La Vida Loca).  So one might think it's a simple leap to "Angelie's Life" as the entire meaning.  But when have I ever settled for …