If you were to Google your way around the Internet, you'd probably be left with the impression that Josh is half-Jewish (from Russia and Poland) and half-Norwegian, and you wouldn't be too far off. He's actually 5/8 Jewish and 1/8 Norwegian.
Genealogy may seem like an innocuous hobby, but in this age of smartphones and e-Readers, more and more families are anxious to download two very basic and sometimes profound answers: Who am I and where did I come from?
As the youngest in my family, who grew up surrounded by strong independent women, I was able to build my future with insight and perseverance. My first role model was my grandmother, who my older sister and I called "Mimi."
Today is the beginning of Irish-American Heritage Month and rumors are buzzing that President Obama will visit Ireland in May, one hopes with a trip to his ancestral hometown of Moneygall where he can raise a pint in Ollie Hayes's pub.
It is in community gatherings and traditions that I look to understand how we might be better at bringing communities together -- not just as part of a distant past, but in order to forge a new kind of future.
Some of my fellow Mississippian want to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with license plates honoring Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest. Forrest was one of the initial leaders of the Ku Klux Klan.
While we are indeed currently politically divided and somewhat polarized, this is actually our normal state as a nation -- and on the polarization scale, we're nowhere near the "most divided" we've ever been. Far from it.