Poverty: Advent Has Its Own Gifts

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An argument with the spouse: his small, innocent observation unleashes the ghost of a thousand arguments past, complete with its burden of chains. Marriage is like that sometimes: after two or three decades together, every fight recapitulates all fights. I hate feeling this way: poverty. The end of the semester. The beginning, and for that [Read More...]

Adopt-a-Mosque

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The first mosque I visited had a bullet hole in the outside placed there a drive-by shooter while adults and children were inside having a prayer service. It reminded me of the bomb that killed four black children at a church in Alabama in 1963. We, as a nation, eventually found better ways to address [Read More...]

Reflections on Advent: Music, Mindfulness, and Movement, Week 2 — Embodying Peace

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I had no idea what to expect. As my wife and I began the trek from Berkeley across the bay to Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, I was curious and excited. The closer we got on our mass transit journey the more we were surrounded by people, a sense of excitement, and an unspoken [Read More...]


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