The Dachau Stone

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Since the trip Herb and I made to Germany in the early sixties to visit the house and neighborhood where he was born, I have never wished to ... READ MORE

It Takes A Village

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I remember having a meal with friends at a restaurant in Brattleboro, a small town in southern Vermont some years ago, when one woman at ... READ MORE

Healing Damaged Land

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for Celia

Several years ago, I got the idea to search for a piece of damaged land as a way of restoring one tiny corner of the world. In ... READ MORE

On Generosity

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Twice this week I was rendered speechless by the power of unexpected generosity. The first was an actual gift from someone I barely knew, and ... READ MORE

Love and Goodbye

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As I sit and write this, my friend Tessa is taking the first of the pills that will help her die today, after a long decade of progressive ... READ MORE

Survivors

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Lately, Ive been running into one person after another in their 90s, each one a survivor. Yesterday, Herb and I went to a meeting of a local ... READ MORE

Seize the Day, Part 2

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My romp through cyberspace with a man I have not seen in 40 years has run its sweet course, of course. What remains, aside from a smile ... READ MORE

A State of Emergency

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I was in the Emergency Room twice with Herb this week. He awoke with a nosebleed that soaked his pillow, and we got into bathrobes and ... READ MORE

Olympic Gold

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for Marilyn King

When I was about 10 I went to a summer camp that featured a week of Color War, which meant that kids were divided into 2 teams ... READ MORE

Rain Dance

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for Christina Bertea

I dreamed recently that my friend Christina gave me a giant white anaconda in a reed basket as a birthday gift. It had a ... READ MORE

The Child Left Behind

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in memoriam: Ora Frishberg

When I am on retreat, as I have been this week, I am often surprised by what comes up in the silence. This ... READ MORE

Learning How To Love

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for K.S.

For my workaday job, I teach dance to a selected group of people in their 20s and 30s. It is intuition training, really, and ... READ MORE

Digital Dilemmas

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for Kingsley Dennis

Digital technology and I are barely on speaking terms except when I need it. I do not use a smart phone nor know how to ... READ MORE

Winter Solstice

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At this time of the year, when day darkens early into night and the nights are long, I always feel like an orphan who belongs to no tribe. A ... READ MORE