Category: Meditations on Living

White Lutheran Memories of Racism in the 1930’s Midwest

My mom was certainly a product of the time and the place in which she was raised. But she wasn’t restrained by it. By the 1970’s she was a vocal advocate against racism. Prejudices run deep, but then CAN be overcome.

Honor the Material

A new friend recently gifted me with the book, Between Silence and Light: Spirit in the Architecture of Louis I. Kahn, by John Lobell. I vaguely knew about Kahn. He is the subject of the 2003 documentary, My Architect, and he designed the Kimball… Continue Reading “Honor the Material”

Janus: Looking Forward, Looking Back

As the new year begins, it looks a lot like the year that just ended. Yes, we have a vaccine now for Covid19, but the success of it will take many months to change our current situation. And that is only if everyone gets… Continue Reading “Janus: Looking Forward, Looking Back”

White Girl with Braids

Back in 1996, on a whim, I got braids. I didn’t have any thoughts about what that meant socially or politically. Honestly, it wasn’t part of our national conversation. Or maybe I just wasn’t aware. I was aware of the power of hair, at… Continue Reading “White Girl with Braids”

Celebrating the Light

I never believed in Santa. Never. Really. He was just a story with ancient origins that my parents would share to illustrate how even one person could make a difference by doing something kind. But the Christ Child, he was real. Christmas was all… Continue Reading “Celebrating the Light”

The Paradoxical Present

A few days ago, a man yelled at me in the post office. I came home and made myself a drink. My response was not cause and effect per se. My response was simply my present. A mixture of Covid19 and a country unhinged.… Continue Reading “The Paradoxical Present”

Pooh and Finding the Way Home

As a diversion from current events, I’ve been rereading The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff (ã 1982). I think we could all use a dose of Pooh these days. As well as a spoonful of honey. And a Daoist perspective on living in… Continue Reading “Pooh and Finding the Way Home”

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