What's all this business about French Christmas?

  • My name—Noël—has been mispronounced, mislabeled, and mistaken since my parents bestowed it upon me one snowy March afternoon. It wasn't until a friend nicknamed me "French Christmas" that it came into focus. How much would our lives change if we could just see things differently?

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March 08, 2011



I really love the approach of this post: I love the idea of acknowledging all the parts of the machine, embracing its magnitude, and then finding which screws to loosen. I will continue to advocate for women affected by conflict and will continue to think of ways to develop programs that benefit them and effectively respond to their needs.

(I am sorry if this comment appears twice, I am having trouble posting it! Feel free to delete duplicates.)


Oh, I love how you attack this topic, on screw at a time. For woman it has come in small bites. I have seen that we have made progress, and that we are strong and they may try to screw us but that will not stopped us yet!

Olivia V. Ambrogio

And in support of those efforts, however small, to break down the machine, I offer the example of my grandmother, who, when she was in concentration camps and work camps during WWII and was forced to work in a factory building war planes, she and her fellow prisoners would, at the risk of their lives, steal nuts and bolts rather than putting them in the machines and drop them on the side of the road or in water on the march back to camp. Every little bit gives us agency and breaks down what tries to destroy us.


@Roxanne, I look forward to your blog and how you bring those struggles across the world every day!

@Dragonfly--HA! Exactly! Nice play on words! :)

@Olivia--Cannot thank you enough for sharing that story. It breaks my heart and fills it up all at the same time.

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