Mariam Williams is a writer, arts educator, and public historian living in Philadelphia, raised in Kentucky. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing and certificate in public history from Rutgers University-Camden and is also a proud VONA alumna. See more of her work at MariamWilliams.com or follow her on Twitter: @missmariamw.
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Identities can be lost in our rigid rituals

At the Intersection: I've spent the past several weeks (and will spend the next several) marketing the online courses I've developing and feeling gross and conflicted about it.

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Like Mary, some youth today don't get to be children

At the Intersection: Mary's position at the Annunciation struck me as unfair. She was poor, a teenager and a girl, all together a social position lacking any privilege or authority.

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Holding on to hope when you're not sure things will get better

I expected to be in a position to take care of my parents by now in part because I believe in a system of rewards for good behavior and consequences for bad. It's a fictional system, but faith in God and God's promises also nurtured it.

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Neutrality is not necessarily peaceful

At the Intersection: Apathy suggests that asking, "Why aren't you outraged?" or "How can you just stand there?" or "Don't you see what's going on?" is justified. Something should be moving an apathetic person to action, but nothing is.

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