Half the Sky, one of the most impactful books I've ever read, have another book out entitled A Path Appears. It's also a PBS miniseries, the first episode of which you can watch at this link, at least until February 17.
A Path Appears focuses more on the solutions, on what people are doing to help and what we can do to contribute as well. The episode I linked to above is about sex trafficking and prostitution in the United States and is profoundly moving and paradigm-shifting. It's far more prevalent than any of us would like to believe, even in our own backyards, and almost always involves coercion and involuntary servitude - modern-day slavery. It's horrifying and heart-breaking. But there is hope.
Becca Stevens, is an Episcopal priest and her efforts to help women who have been trafficked are highlighted in the first episode of A Path Appears. She founded Magdalene, residential communities helping women who have been trafficked, prostituted, and addicted. She also created Thistle Farms, a series of companies that employ dozens of these women, helping them learn valuable skills to allow them to become more self-sufficient and successfully transition out of where they've been.
She's made a real difference to dozens, if not hundreds, of vulnerable women. She's one of my new sheroes.
Neylan McBaine, the author of Women at Church, wrote this insightful piece reacting to two articles in the February issue of the New Era, pointing out the false "either/or" that the juxtaposition of the two articles, one directed at young women, the other directed at young men, implies.
I think she's dead on. These messages, whether intentional or unintentional, matter.
I had a lovely date night with my husband this evening. We finally watched the last Hobbit movie and I did this:
In case you can't see it, that's my newly re-pierced ear. I first got my ears pierced when I was 12 or so, but about ten years ago I wasn't wearing earrings often and the holes closed up. So in about six weeks, I'll be able to wear whatever earrings I want again.
Tried to talk my husband into a belly button ring, but he didn't go for it. ;)