Category Archives: Social Observations & Commentary

Friendly, Loving Kindness for All Beings

On retreat in Thailand, the morning chanting ends with familiar words that still reverberate deeply … This must be the way forward for our species if we are to escape from our vicious cycles of violence and destruction; of atrocities … Continue reading

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On the Verge, always, of Terra Incognita

Inspired to post by seeing On the Verge (or The Geography of Yearning) by Eric Overmeyer at the Commonweal Theatre, a local treasure. On the Verge is most definitely a dirigible of cool whipped delight with CoolCat wordplay, unless you’re … Continue reading

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Taking refuge, gratefully

Recent years have been emotionally challenging for myself and most of the people I know. Climate destruction, sexism, political nastiness, white supremacy, absence of ethical leadership, aging friends, death, my own physical vulnerability … the long list goes on. Yet, … Continue reading

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Aaron Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait”

Tonight at Chicago’s Orchestra Hall I received unexpected medicine. Almost by accident, created by bad weather, I took Josephine, a dear elder and friend from Oxford (UK) who has been my classical music mentor, to a Chicago Symphony concert. We … Continue reading

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This isn’t “the answer”

… yet it makes for one less noisy electricity using device. I found a super-cool manual burr grinder for $275. Practiced restraint and got this one for $50 with a stabilizer insert and shipping.

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