Monthly Archives: November 2016

Hope

“Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism.  It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.” — Václav Havel, Disturbing the Peace I’m … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving

I’m thankful for Mocha.  I’m thankful for a body that’s in pretty good condition.  I’m thankful for my friends.  I’m grateful for food to eat and a roof over my head. A visit with a friend.  I told her I was … Continue reading

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PEACE. LOVE. JUSTICE. MERCY. TRUTH. HOPE.

PEACE.  LOVE.  JUSTICE.  MERCY.  TRUTH.  HOPE. This has been my mantra during these days of darkness.  I wanted to put a positive intention out there, and to remind myself of the things I really value.  But I have crashed really … Continue reading

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Bearing the Cosmic Pain

“Let go of any bitterness that may have come because you were not up to the magnitude of pain entrusted to you. Like the mother of the world who carries the pain of the world in her heart, you are … Continue reading

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Etty Hillesum

Etty Hillesum is a Dutch Jew who died in Auschwitz in November 1943.  Before she died she wrote a journal that she started in early 1941.  Her writing shows her growing spiritual strength.  I have gone to her for help … Continue reading

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Doing the Only Thing I Can Do

Hatred will not cease by hatred, But only by love. This is an ancient and eternal law. — The Buddha I woke up this morning with a burning heart, and sat with grief and fear while trying to write.  “Mocha … Continue reading

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Words for Survival

It was 1996, the Summer from Hell.  In February I had tried Paxil for 5 days while my terror shot through the roof & got worse & worse until the 5th night when I didn’t sleep at all.  So I … Continue reading

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Vigil for Solidarity, Wednesday November 9

MoveOn and many other progressive organizations suggested gatherings on the day after the election for “Solidarity, Resistance, and Resolve.”  I signed up to have one at Neskaya at 7PM, but it was really too late (4PM) to let people know. … Continue reading

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