Category Archives: compassion

Creative dislocations

Today I attended the memorial service of an old teacher of mine, John Fish. He was an activist, teacher, pastor, co-founder of the ACM Urban Studies Program, founder of the Princeton Project ’55. He was on boards and an active … Continue reading

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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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the right to an eternity

For the past 24 hours, with a short period of sleep inserted, I have worked like crazy to grade and get back my 37 page Constitution test to the students. It was a commitment I made to them to get … Continue reading

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Jane Addams 1860-1935: A Foe of War and Need

When I permanently moved to Chicago in the early seventies, I volunteered at Jane Addams Center Hull House on Broadway, a northside branch of the original Hull House. (In the early 60s, 12 of the original 13 buildings of Hull … Continue reading

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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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Buddhas in the ‘hood

Indira Freitas Johnson has carried out a new public works arts project, in collaboration with Ten Thousand Ripples, which embodies her belief in tolerance and dialogue, peace and communication. She has made 100 castings of a partial Buddha head and placed … 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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Distillation and Demons

Distillation is the process of separating mixtures. As opposed to the process of reduction in cooking where the whole is cooked slowly and only moisture is removed, in distillation it is the impurities which are removed from a substance, as from … Continue reading

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“READ YOUR ARM.”

A couple of years ago, my son got a tattoo. I was glad he didn’t tell me about it until after he had it because I would have been even more upset. There was really nothing I could do about … Continue reading

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