June 2017 – “An Invitation to a New Narrative,” by Akilah t’Zuberi; Laurie Thompson, editor

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Northeast and South Philadelphia have several 70’s style diners. Many of them are open 24 hours. At times, when I found myself writing or creating a piece into the wee hours of the night, and if I hadn’t cooked and didn’t have anything I could prepare quickly,  I would grab my reader or my notebook, …

VIDEO

One of the books on my winter reading list, Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love and Liberation, acquainted me with African American Buddhist. This book is authored by Rev. angel Kyodo Williams, ordained Zen priest, Lama Rod Owens, and Jasmine Seydullah, Ph.D. The essays and dialogues of this book led me to inquire into the ideas …

Review of Derrick Jensen’s, The Myth of Human Supremacy. Seven Stories Press, Works of Radical Imagination, New York City, NY, 2016.

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A Language Older Than Words was my first encounter with Derrick Jensen. I remember his passion and concern for the Earth, and I vaguely remember him speaking of the abuse he suffered as a child. The abuse lead him to his eventual practice of radical environmentalism. Other than that, I cannot recall too many of …

POETRY

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This selection is from Saul Williams’ poem, said the Shotgun to the head. Pocket Books, NY, New York. 2003.  You can discover more about Williams on his web site:  http://saulwilliams.com/. While you’re there, listen to NOISEY: END YOUR WILLFUL DISREGARD WITH SAUL WILLIAMS’ NEW VIDEO FOR “DOWN FOR SOME IGNORANCE  to be free of the …

Acceptance and Lilac Blooms

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Doing my spring garden clean-up, I observed the trunks of two lilac bushes I planted last year. Plants amaze me. The trunks have thickened and spread, despite winter’s freezing temperatures. The lilacs had stuck it out, made the decision that they are here to stay, at least for the summer.  I receive so much wisdom …