On Writing: Essential Landscapes

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“Death and abandonment are a natural and inevitable part of life. Before, like you, I fell apart. Now, I greet transitions with serenity.” We’re all sitting cross-legged on a hardwood floor in a pall of patchouli and vanilla armed with friable pastel sticks of chalk before big sheets of cheap, grey-tinged newsprint paper. Getting in … [Read more…]

Immigration: Giving Thanks

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Thanksgiving, traditionally a harvest festival, has always been a relatively secular opportunity to reflect on abundance. Folks eat a big meal then loll around digesting in front of a television tuned to football. Yesterday, an article in the newspaper about an immigrant family gave me food for thought. With visas in hand, the family had … [Read more…]