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serving

I returned to serving food with the Las Vegas Catholic Worker.  I took about a year off, and my perspective is different now. The whole setup is different now, since covid.  I used to do bread, which I thought was sacred and fun.  Bread of life.  That was a metaphor I enjoyed, for years.  The… Read More »

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elm dance

“You look like you’re doing the elm dance,” Ming said. “Elm dance?” I asked.  “What’s that?” “Elm dance!” he said, moving his arms in the air like I was. “I don’t know what an elm tree looks like,” I said.  “Is this an elm tree?” We were at the park.  I pointed to the tree… Read More »

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peace

Peace is an active, vibrant, creative way of living nonviolence for the well-being of all.  It’s not stasis, limp, boring, predicable, or taking an easy way out.  Peace is in motion, an ever-changing choice to do the difficult work of non-harming, specific to that situation and need.  It includes risking vulnerability and risking mistakes in… Read More »

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stickers

I got these stickers of Audre Lorde and Octavia Butler.  They are so beautiful.  Audre Lorde is my hero and celebrity crush. Audre Lorde is so cute, huh?  She has that look, that thoughtful look of hmm, I’m a badass!  I could out-think you here, there, and everywhere!  Like a damn fox.  I’m the brightest… Read More »

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nuclear weapons are illegal

Hey, gmorning.  Nuclear weapons are illegal today. I put thin ribbons of cabbage on my rice, as it cooked.  Wow, it was so good.  I thought the cabbage would be a little bit fibery or tough, but it almost melted!  It was a soft, delicious joy.  Yum yum.  I love rice magic.  Maybe I’m a… Read More »

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we all need love

I love this quote, my favorite quote for a long time, about how we all need love.  I was talking about it with Ming this morning, Christmas morning.  It’s Oscar Wilde. It is when we are wounded by our own hands, or by the hands of others, that love should come to cure us –… Read More »

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nuclear weapons are illegal

Something happened with the abolition of nuclear weapons.  Nuclear weapons are illegal.  A magic number was reached, 50 countries who say no to nuclear weapons.  So now it’s illegal to have them, by United Nations treaty.  Sounds great for peace. The countries who voted against nuclear weapons don’t have them.  I had a conversation with… Read More »

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we all deserve a place

My friend gave me this shirt for my birthday.  It’s not my usual size but fits anyway.  I feel loved. the party Being social in person exhausts me.  It’s hard for me to concentrate and respond appropriately.  I want to drift off–I have to keep reeling myself back to shared reality.  Trouble staying on the… Read More »

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the blog post must resist the intelligence almost successfully

I was at an airbnb far away, in a different desert, with Ming and another friend.  The other friend left a note in the guestbook, and drew a bird that they left unfinished. I said I preferred the bird unfinished–anyone can draw a whole bird!  A bird half-sketched is way better! Alas, I think my… Read More »

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peace is in the body

I’m talking about feeding people, how to love, how we have bodies that need to be tended to, in pain or hunger or anything.  To have a body is to need. Peace is in the body. There you go–good luck with your needs.  If we want to learn at school, we need to eat.  If… Read More »