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andrew-q-lam's picture
Jan.05.2012
  Unfinished Business in IraqUnfinished Business in Iraq   Each time Uncle Sam ventures abroad he leaves an unfinished story, and nowhere is it most unfinished than the story of Iraq, where despite flowery speeches regarding freedom and sovereignty by the Obama administration, despite...
sherrie-theriault's picture
Jan.05.2012
  January 5 THE BAG   I saw a bag at the top of a tall tree.  Full of air, the wind pushing it; it rocked back and forth, held by the stub of a branch.  It is so beautiful, so lucky, so blessed. My sponsor frowns.  “Beautiful, yes,” she says.  “Lucky and blessed?...
pavel-somov's picture
Jan.04.2012
Zen Master Hakuin once wrote: "Even those who have sat zazen only once will see all karma erased." How can this be, you ask. Indeed, how can just one moment of nonduality erase all karma? I don't really know but here's what I think: "A moment of mindful presence breaks up the flow of...
farzana-versey's picture
Jan.04.2012
If a nation were a person, then how would she deal with freedom? The question of freedom has become exceedingly complex politically – although it always was philosophically – because even issues outside the realm of social and armed conflict have become politicised. Is political independence the...
dr-steve-mcswain's picture
Nov.20.2011
Nebo tells a Zen Buddhist parable about a man who raised a baby swan in a tiny glass cage. As the bird grew, however, it soon became apparent it was going to outgrow the glass cage and get stuck in it. The man faced a dilemma, for the only way to free the bird was to break the glass jar but at the...
hasmukh-amathalal's picture
Nov.18.2011
O god, why am I on this beautiful earth?At each turn of life I fear threatened deathWhere do I find my self among the crowd?I have no freedom to speak even loud I am shattered and totally brokenMentally down and inwardly shakenWhat has been left behind for consolation?Bitter memory with horror like...
nancybrady's picture
Nov.07.2011
Well, I truly got out of my comfort zone while our ensemble cast performed  the play, The World of Carl Sandburg written by Norman Corwin with modifications by Jann Graham Glann (the director) and Rob Smith (one of the members of the ensemble and the author of McGowan's Return and other titles...
robert-earle's picture
Oct.31.2011
As I have noted elsewhere, when I finished writing The Man Clothed in Linen, I realized that I probably had begun writing it as a boy. It then took five decades to put it on paper. My religious status is "cultural Christian." I was raised and educated in that tradition--intensely. At one point I...
darlene-arden's picture
Oct.27.2011
I've been watching the news, reading wall posts on Facebook and now I'm feeling cranky. Why? It's all the Wall Street stuff. I came of age during the Vietnam protests. I know about protesting something that's unfair and certainly that was a war we shouldn't have been in but, ironically, after the U...
dale-estey's picture
Oct.16.2011
Sit down (unless you are one of those authors who write standing up) and start.  This is the only advice you will get which will actually work. All the rest are technicalities to the work in progress. There is a (probably aphocryphal) story concerning Winston Churchill (who also wrote a hell...