Gandhi and the One-Eyed Giant

Gandhi and the One-Eyed Giant

Thomas Merton wrote “The white man, says Lauren Van Der Post came into Africa (and Asia and America for that matter) like a one-eyed giant, bringing with him the characteristic split and blindness which were at once his strength and torment and ruin… The one-eyed...
Facing Racism

Facing Racism

Growing up in a progressive white family I developed a commitment to social and economic justice yet missed the breadth and depth of my own caste privileges. As a New Yorker witnessing the Civil Rights Movement on television I believed segregation and racism was a...

High School is Never Over

In this season of graduations and reunions I am reminded of a scene from the movie Jane Austin Book Club. A wife returns from her high school reunion still angry at a classmate who stole her adolescent boyfriend. The husband asks why she still cares. She responds that...
Forest Bathing

Forest Bathing

Walking into any woods I clear my mind, refresh my soul and emerge more focused. In Japan they call this forest bathing. I reflected on this concept while watching a new film, An Above Average Day, about two local men who’ve climbed 400 mountains. Ray O’Conor is...

Peace is Coming

“Peace is coming because the people are making peace.” I saw this banner when I joined the antiwar movement as a Vietnam Veteran. It gave me hope. I wanted peace for the Americans I left behind, all civilians, our allies and those we fought. Americans came home, the...