Back in my social worker days, I served as support group facilitator for adults who were abused as children. Participants ranged from early 20’s to late 60’s, each one haunted by neglect or abuse in their formative years, each one dealing with the after effects. We sat together week after week in a circle of … Continue reading Benevolent Childhood Experiences
A tale of two gentlepersons, or what I’ve learned about warthogs.
Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next. We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world. And ready to fight for it. ~Arundhati Roy
Sometimes the book you need just appears. You never imagined it exists and then suddenly bam, it’s right there in your hand. Maybe that book sets you off on a new quest, or lightens your weighted heart, or snaps on a mental light switch. You’re never quite the same afterwards.
Living on a farm we don’t have the time or the means to travel. But we want our children to be global citizens. We want them to truly understand how fully they are linked to their fellow beings on this beautiful blue green planet. When they were small we read stories, ate the foods, played … Continue reading How to Raise Global Learners
“Not only is another world possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.” Arundhati Roy * * * Fear sells. Blood and guts sell even better. What really grabs our attention? Out and out panic. That largely explains today’s so-called news channels, talk … Continue reading Going to Hope in a Handbasket
Perhaps each thing we look upon with love somehow is more likely to endure.
Some titles from the nonfiction vault. + Perspectives Benevolent Childhood Experiences Back in my social worker days, I served as support group facilitator for adults who were abused as children. What held them together were experiences any of us can offer to children in our schools and neighborhoods. Mother & Child Are Linked At The … Continue reading Articles & Essays