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Community functioning at its very best

Last night we attended a fund-raiser for the displaced workers at the three businesses that burned down in Evanston, one of which our son IB worked at as a bartender (see “Two paintings were saved”). The Evanston business community came … Continue reading

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Through Phyllis Diller glasses

I had lunch with Mom today at her retirement home. We sat with Yvonne and Inez and ate chicken tenders and french fries. Inez shared a couple stories about growing up on a farm and the pet crow she had … Continue reading

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Harmony of community above self

I have to admit, I really enjoyed the polite civility I experienced in Japan— the bowing and the apparent joy in every interaction. Even shopkeepers and workers seemed to be enjoying their work and their interactions with each and every … Continue reading

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Warp and weft of community

I got my hair cut today. I have been going to Ken for over 20 years now. I have been listening to his stories about his daughter, his home country (Greece), his growing up,  his politics, his philosophy on the … 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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