Donald Hall (1928-2018): A Tribute

At times we are deeply touched by something that seems to sneak up on us catching us off guard. The ordinary, the mundane, or the story of another person’s journey. The heart is capable of connecting before the mind dissects and deciphers, and before the questioning has an opportunity to enter in. We’re affected and not quite sure why, yet we allow the feelings to … Continue reading Donald Hall (1928-2018): A Tribute

Hate Has Never Been the Answer

…which is why it has never resolved an issue. The way of healing is to unearth the pain where the weight has pulled it deeper and deeper into the ground, and for so long that it seemed to have gone missing. Buildings exist atop its burial, forests shadow the truth. Yet as Buddha said, “Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and … Continue reading Hate Has Never Been the Answer

Cell Phone: A Tool for Justice

We take our cell phones with us everywhere we go from the bathroom where they entertain us while we’re doing our business—so much for the magazines or used books once occupying a within reach wicker basket—to church where instead of listening to the sermon we’re recording the deacon dozing off behind the pulpit. Cell phones have become another extremity, a connection to the body as … Continue reading Cell Phone: A Tool for Justice

Before You Eat, Bless Those Who Go Without

I can’t speak for anyone else, but I love food. I don’t eat to live, I live to eat. There was a time when I woke each morning and immediately thought about what I would be preparing for dinner, excitement bubbling within as the ingredients ran through my mind. Shower time wasn’t the same unless I closed my eyes and, while the water poured over … Continue reading Before You Eat, Bless Those Who Go Without