Pussy Riot’s Revolutionary Reading

Purchase the original drawing or buy a print of this cartoon.I hope you saw my earlier Tribute to Pussy Riot. I admire those women so much!I was pleased when I read in The New Yorker that Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, one of the three members of the Russian feminist punk-rock band Pussy Riot serving time in prison for "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred", spends her time in a small four woman cell reading. She tries to write, but her notes are confiscated. She knows she is being spied on, … [Read more...]

free to go

I know what it's like to be trapped. I know what it's like to feel trapped. The two feel exactly the same.You can come to learn that at those times when you feel trapped, you can eventually get to a place where you realize you are not trapped at all. It is the limitation your family, your friends, your community or your society has placed upon you. But, ultimately, it is the limitation you have put upon yourself. You have adopted not only your chains, but the chains of others.You are free to … [Read more...]

imprisoned perseverance

I drew this cartoon after I'd read the amazing memoir, Life and Death in Shanghai, by Nien Cheng. The account of her harrowing experiences in a Chinese prison during the Cultural Revolution and her theological/ spiritual journey through it is unforgettable.Get the my book full of cartoons like this one from amazon.com, amazon.ca, amazon.de. … [Read more...]

life and fear

The fear of being loved. The fear of rejection.The fear of success. The fear of failure.The fear of commitment. The fear of loneliness.The fear of fame. The fear of obscurity.The fear of wealth. The fear of poverty.The fear of praise. The fear of ridicule.The fear of comfort. The fear of pain.The fear of being right. The fear of being wrong (see Seth Godin's blog post today on this).The fear of death. The fear of life.Own the original drawing! Buy a print of this cartoon.Get … [Read more...]

first step to heal yourself

I believe more and more that we are going to have to learn to heal ourselves.So... the first step to healing yourself from spiritual abuse is always the most difficult.This is because the underlying assumption of the abuser is that it is necessary for you to be under some authority and you are incapable of being self-determining. We exacerbate this by believing these things. If we believe we need to be under some authority and we can't determine what's best for us, then the conditions are … [Read more...]

serving time eternal

Sometimes it is difficult to have faith in human progress when it comes to justice issues. I have hope and do what I can. But time often proves that the human race can perpetually devise ways to achieve its selfish and destructive ends.I wrote a post quite a while ago about the difficulty of holding a dialog between liberals, moderates and fundamentalists. You can read it here. I linked to a recent manifesto written by Bishop Shelby Spong in which he expresses his decision to longer drag his … [Read more...]

Crib or Cell

When you were young you found yourself behind the bars of your crib. It meant safety. It meant giving you a secure place to grow without hurting yourself. It gave you a boundary within which you could find comfort. They provided a proper freedom within which to discover and grow.But at some point those bars were no longer appropriate. The time came when the bars became a restriction. They meant not safety, but control. They meant not comfort, but incarceration. They meant not growth, but … [Read more...]

cartoon: freedom in waiting

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the line between good and evil

Alexander Solzhenitsyn wrote: It was in my prison camp that for the first time I understood reality. It was there that I realized that the line between good and evil passes not between countries, not between political parties, not between classes, but down, straight down each separate individual human heart. … [Read more...]