Monthly Archives: May 2013

Ten sacred achievements on Vesak Day

How I spent Vesak Day, the sacred day commemorating Buddha’s birth, death, and enlightenment (as celebrated in Vietnam and Southeast Asia): 1. Worked with colleagues to craft a grievance. 2. Learned how to catch a stack of quarters from the … Continue reading

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“Surprise” by Jane Kenyon

It is the poet, Jane Kenyon’s, birthday today. She was born in 1947 and died in 1995 from leukemia. She was married to the poet Donald Hall. He suggests pancakes at the local diner, followed by a walk in search … 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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Wet tree peony

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Something about nurturing life forces

Preoccupied and out of town for most of the last two weeks, I was amazed to see how full the garden had become. After school today I met JB at the garden store and we bought lots of plants for … Continue reading

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Like fine gourmet chefs, my mother, sister, and I distilled my mother’s material possessions into a rich and bold reduction. Selecting a specific chair, table, television, photos, a painting, a lamp, some clothes, and plants from her house, we moved … Continue reading

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“I Ask My Mother to Sing” by Li-Young Lee

She begins, and my grandmother joins her. Mother and daughter sing like young girls. If my father were alive, he would play his accordion and sway like a boat. I’ve never been in Peking, or the Summer Palace, nor stood … Continue reading

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