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– Grateful to a Grandmother not of my blood, but certainly of my heart and soul

2008-06-20 14:05:00 Happy Past Experiences Alot of my past is best left forgotten, but I am grateful to have had a Great Grandmother who adopted us (my mom’s mother died when grandma Laverne was 8) and looked after me when I was very small. That was Grandma Marie. She always saved me The Mini Pages… Continue reading – Grateful to a Grandmother not of my blood, but certainly of my heart and soul

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– Gullible is Wanting to Believe (reflection may cure…)

A classmate at Annapolis told me that they’d taken out the definition of ‘gullible’ in the dictionary and replaced it with my photo one day. I was furious, because shipmates aren’t supposed to bilge each other, and that to me was bilging. But I want to believe that a better world is possible, a kinder… Continue reading – Gullible is Wanting to Believe (reflection may cure…)

More old feelings, moral famines, and trigger warnings…

The common good, or the general welfare, absolutely requires a more fully inclusive society for all of us.  And learning to sit with the pain of another, and ask what is underneath it all… – Self-Discipline and the importance of mastering ones feelings I am saddened and surprised at how old a person can become… Continue reading More old feelings, moral famines, and trigger warnings…

French Fridays, Brolly Lady in Bath, and Adulting ed

The common good, or the general welfare, often requires asking how far one is prepared to go to help another, a stranger, and yes, it was right to stand with that woman, back in Bath.  Our entire must become more fully inclusive for all of us, so that such stands will become unnecessary. – “Does violence… Continue reading French Fridays, Brolly Lady in Bath, and Adulting ed

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– Martin Luther King, Jr.’s last speech

(originally posted back on 2007-01-10, and I still agree…) Dr. King’s Last Speech <a href=”http://www.peaceworkmagazine.org/pwork/0412/041216.htm&#8221; title=”Dr. King’s last speech…”>Why Dr. King was really assasinated</a> : “The problem indicates that our emphasis must be twofold: We must create full employment, or we must create incomes. Now, our country can do this. John Kenneth Galbraith said that… Continue reading – Martin Luther King, Jr.’s last speech

– Ike on war

2006-05-31 12:20:00 A speech on the need for change, and yes, poverty does lead to terrorism (read Dr. Martin Luther King’s last speech)… “With those kinds of numbers, it doesn´t take a nuclear scientist to figure out a smarter approach to improving our security situation. To quote President Eisenhower, speaking with far-sighted vision in 1953:… Continue reading – Ike on war

– My long-lost language goals and conversations lost (in Spanish)

Interesting that this post was in July, yet it took me months to arrange to leave… “I always keep a bucket of water full for just such occassions (which are frequent, as it turns out). I am just tired of fighting this. I have alos learned that the culture is much more innuedo-based than I… Continue reading – My long-lost language goals and conversations lost (in Spanish)

– I post I missed: visit from fellow Havnik abt April of 2005

Chanon in izmir recent travels -Efes, Milet, Bergama (Ephesus, Miletos, Pergamum) Ok, İ am really glad that Craig is here as a guest because that has given me the impetus to do some much-needed travelling. We went to see Ephesus, the ancient city with the great library. İt is amazing. Inscrptions in Latin and Greek… Continue reading – I post I missed: visit from fellow Havnik abt April of 2005

– Being an American when it hurts

I was just reading the comments of the founder of NVC on reactions in a refugee camp.  It struck me that those reactions were the same as the reactions to me in Izmir.  When I lived in Izmir, teaching English, one day one of my neighbors saw me walking up the stairs toward our building,… Continue reading – Being an American when it hurts

– linking to posts from Istanbul, late 2004, and Izmir, early 2005, Chanon’s bus Lymeric post & link

posted in 2020 during global pandemic: “cultural note: Kurds, Turks, and Jewish (Sephardic) familys all kiss the hand and touch the forehead of the eldest person/host as a greeting. I was quite surprised to see this as a universal custom (ok, at least one Kurdish family and extended friend group, only one Jewish family that… Continue reading – linking to posts from Istanbul, late 2004, and Izmir, early 2005, Chanon’s bus Lymeric post & link