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Sit With Me A While Longer

Last night my good friend Michael shared his words and his heart with about 40 people at a poetry reading introducing his second book of poetry, Sit With Me A While Longer. Though he has written for quite some time, when … Continue reading

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It’s a Wonderful Life—finale

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A trip around the world is not a cruise

This past Sunday my brother, sister, niece, sister’s partner, my mother, and I tackled the condo where she used to live. Having recently moved into an assisted living facility, she has already had to pare down what she has brought … Continue reading

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The twins’ birthday

The twins are in deep conversation. Just the two of them. My aunt is at the left, my mother on the right. My aunt is complaining about her life, her health, and familial challenges. My mother is comforting her. My … Continue reading

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Vesak Day

This morning during advisory, one of my students handed me a Vesak card which was designed by her father. This auspicious day, the first full moon in May (as celebrated in Vietnam and Southeast Asia) commemorates Buddha’s birth, death, and … Continue reading

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Exercising with mom

After a hearty breakfast I brought and prepared, mom was given a shower by her twice a week caretaker, DF. We ladies gathered in the bathroom for the ablutions, conversing about a variety of topics including some concerns DF had … Continue reading

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Vaclav Havel’s high moral purpose

Vaclav Havel died this weekend. Playright, dissident, poet, and Czechoslovakia’s first democratically elected president,  Havel’s activisim helped to bring down the communist regime in Czechoslovakia in the Velvet Revolution of 1989. The hope and expectations for his presidency were enormous. … Continue reading

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Puzzling

We took my mother out to lunch at her favorite Chinese restaurant for her (and her twin’s) 84th birthday. Midmeal, I asked my mother what her earliest memory was. She said it was a reporter from the Toledo News Bee who … Continue reading

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Thousand-armed Guan Yin

Guan Yin (or Kwan Yin) is the Boddhisattva of Compassion, also known as Avalokiteshvara. I actually carry a small statuette of Avalokiteshvara around with me (see post I transform and am transformed), the thousand arms carrying different tools to solve … Continue reading

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“…pleading for a time when hatred and cruelty will not control the hearts of men.”

Clarence Darrow died today in 1938. For the last 50 years, civil rights activists, lawyers, and labor leaders have gathered on this date to toss a wreath into the Jackson Park Lagoon from the Clarence Darrow Memorial Bridge, where his … Continue reading

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