Category Archives: peace

Gembaku no ko

Today is the 71st anniversary of the dropping of the nuclear bomb on Hiroshima. We visited there four years ago with our son who was teaching in Satsuma Sendai at the time. The many memorials and monuments to peace and nuclear non-proliferation … Continue reading

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“Sapphics Against Anger” by Timothy Steele

Angered, may I be near a glass of water; May my first impulse be to think of Silence, Its deities (who are they? do, in fact, they                Exist? etc.). XXX May I recall what Aristotle says of The subject: to … 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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“Doubletake” by Seamus Heaney

Human beings suffer, They torture one another, They get hurt and get hard. No poem or play or song Can fully right a wrong Inflicted and endured. The innocent in gaols Beat on their bars together. A hunger-striker’s father Stands … 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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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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Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Two atom bombs were dropped on Japan 67 years ago, one on Hiroshima on August 6 and another on Nagasaki on August 9. They were dropped to end the war in the Pacific, which, in fact, did end with the … Continue reading

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