Things fall apart

My first thought, at hearing of the 18th school shooting in the United States since the beginning of 2018 was to sigh, Oh no, not again! But an eloquent and powerful piece of spoken poetry by IN-Q brought me to tears and past the political skirmishes, desperate to understand what…

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Hope

It’s a gray, dreary day; rain has been pouring down incessantly since early this morning. The kind of day one can get all too caught up in the likelihood of global warfare, the destruction of the Earth’s resilience, and the amount of oppression and bigotry in the world. As well…

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We shall overcome… someday

If my grandfather’s family hadn’t fled antisemitism in Europe in the early 19th century and built a new life in the United States, I wouldn’t be here now. This new country promised freedom from oppression and equal opportunity for all. Even then, it was a promise that could not be…

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The Loss of Innocence

We learn the story as children: how Adam and Eve ate of the fruit of knowledge and became afraid. They lost the Garden, where all life was perfect, and there was no pain in the world. A stronger metaphor for the loss of innocence in our lives can hardly be…

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Hijacked

I never expected I would be posting political commentary on this blog. I have always intended it to be a very personal approach to our development as individual human beings. By highlighting my own experiences and thoughts, I can help others to understand and learn from their own experiences. But…

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News

I was floored by the news. After being off the grid for almost a week, I had decided to catch up on the goings-on in the world. I wished I hadn’t. 22 dead in Baghdad, 11 dead in Istanbul, the travel visas of 83,000 Palestinians revoked so they couldn’t visit…

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Choices

A client, musing over her life, told me, “Happiness is a choice.” She continued, thoughtfully, “Feeling unhappy should be a choice as well. But when I feel unhappy, I lose sight of any other choices.” Which I think is a perfect description of what happens when life overwhelms us. We…

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Despair

The newest WWF Living Planet Report gives reason for alarm. Within two generations, the population size of vertebrate species (other than human) has dropped by 52%. We need 1.5 Earths to regenerate the natural resources we currently use. Reading these hard facts, it is very difficult not to despair. My…

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