Tag Archives: grief

grieve for the horse, grieve for ourselves

On the eve of an anniversary to be grieved, I return to this blog post published last August: I say: take the general, but leave the horse. I’m referring to the horse beneath Robert E. Lee on the controversial statue … Continue reading

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the fable of the woman, the man, and the educational waters

Their relationship was balanced… She washed him with her tears.  And he washed her with his. But then one sunny morning… …after they’d wept together a good while… …the woman suddenly knew they were done.  She didn’t know how she … Continue reading

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remembering…

Victory.  Failure. After the battle is won The wise ruler behaves As though at a funeral. Grieving.      — from Tao Te Ching, Cloud Hands Edition Memorial Day seems to have become another holiday of celebration in my country. For years, … Continue reading

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confessions of a blind mouse

In the last few years, I’ve often heard this statement: “we need to have a national conversation”… Well, we also need to act…but yes, we should have that conversation.  A national conversation composed of many conversations.  Conversations about our internal … Continue reading

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a question of violence

  Just how violent is it? Recently, while filling out on an outline form, I had to decide how violent my novel was. The questionnaire presented me with four choices: Was the book mildly violent, moderately violent, very violent… …or … Continue reading

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the best of both realities

  According to an ancient Japanese myth… …the Moon began as a tear from the god Izanagi’s right eye.  The Sun was a tear from his left. Before these tears fell, Izanagi had gone to the land of darkness, hoping … Continue reading

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a national mental health day

  Mixed emotions may actually be good for my mental health… That realization came to me, this last week, while considering the assassination of President John F. Kennedy… That event brings up such a mix of emotions for me.  In … Continue reading

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