j.jill

Making connections through experience has been the foundation of j.jill’s personal philosophy: in education, service, writing, spirituality and the arts. She teaches Italian part-time within the State University of NY system, follows topics in peace & justice advocacy, and enjoys spending time with friends & family including two very affectionate rescue puppies.

30.04.2020

Greater New York Green Options: More Than Gardens

Greater New York Green Options:  More Than Gardens

Food quality, investigation into labeling, Non GMO, organic foods, plant-based diets, food insecurity, sustainability, the environment—in recent years, these issues have become ever-more important for the health and well-being of the public becoming ever-more aware of informed choices for their lives and the lives of their families. Personally, I have… »

30.04.2020

More Concerns: Legislative Oversight Amid Covid-19

More Concerns: Legislative Oversight Amid Covid-19

At times of difficulty, confusion seems to reign. Congressional leadership acts with one legislative piece after another, but more often, a bill contains something to placate the people while substantial concessions are made elsewhere. For those watching, it’s an all-too familiar tune. Misaligned priorities are clearer today as Covid-19 continues… »

25.04.2020

Italian Liberation Day: Yesterday’s Lessons for Today’s History

Italian Liberation Day: Yesterday’s Lessons for Today’s History

Although people will not be gathering in the streets and piazzas, there will be virtual connection and transmissions to remind Italians of the democratic values, social solidarity, cultural pluralism, and civil rights that rose to become part of the Constitution of the Italian Republic. This day marks Italy’s liberation from… »

27.03.2020

Concerted Crisis Efforts: Hands of The Workers

Concerted Crisis Efforts: Hands of The Workers

The evident message of COVID-19 to many who have recognized it before, remains how connected we all are. As the world watches and absorbs mixed messages, reality for society’s fabric – the people – becomes one of questions and a search for answers, leadership. When the only sounds heard are… »

24.03.2020

All Rise: A Board Certified Chaplain Speaks Her Mind & Heart

All Rise:  A Board Certified Chaplain Speaks Her Mind & Heart

This was shared today on a Facebook forum in which I am a participant. The post is from a Board Certified Chaplain whose job it is to be in hospitals, to visit, comfort, and serve patients within the institution and their families. I have her permission to reprint because she… »

16.03.2020

US Peace Prize – How much is Peace worth?

US Peace Prize – How much is Peace worth?

A Mission to change the US War Culture  Teaching foreign language in a public high school through the horrors of 9/11 and the subsequent calls for war had been challenging for those like me who believe in making connections in our world and beyond. We had always been encouraged… »

06.03.2020

Understanding Presence: International Women’s Day 2020 – #EachforEqual

Understanding Presence: International Women’s Day 2020 – #EachforEqual

By j.jill The March fifth NY Times article captions, Women’s Unpaid Labor is Worth $10,900,000,000,000 (G.Wezerek, K.Ghodsee) and thoughts turn to a number of issues, one being the equation by which we value contributions to the quality of our lives. It seems that the multiple zeros, many which attach… »

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