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Sister Megan

Sister Megan died a few days ago.  She was an important figure in my life, though we never met in person.  We spoke on the phone, and there were a few emails.  She was 91. She was a very dear nun activist, beloved by so many.  Ming knew her because she helped run Nevada Desert… Read More »

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sacred rage

Hey, I’ve been thinking about sacred rage.  I had a friend who hated his coworker for her taste in music–insipid, bland.  Well, maybe he hated her for other reasons, but her taste in music sealed the deal. I listen to chill music, but I can listen to angry music too.  When I was a teenager,… Read More »

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shut down creech

This is the group shot of the vigil we attended on Wednesday morning at Creech Air Force Base, part of the week-long, annual event Shut Down Creech.  It was a vibrant group of people. The protesters of Shut Down Creech remind me of what I like about activism.  Idealistic people imagine a better way and… Read More »

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Trinity Day

In the early morning on Trinity Day, I did a peace ritual in the courtyard.  Ming recorded me.  Please see the video.  It’s mostly a prayer. I post the words of the whole ritual in the description.  Thanks for praying with me, or using this ritual to design your own. I planned and wrote it… Read More »

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birth control

When I lived in Sacramento, I went to a women’s clinic for birth control.  The patients were mostly women of color, because of how poverty works.  The place gave free services to we who had no health insurance.  I was unemployed and under-employed, and I got birth control free.  Yeah, it was mostly poor people.… Read More »

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suicidal

It was an intense couple of days.  I got suicidal, the day before Mother’s Day.  That happened last year too.  I knew not being able to call and send a card, or visit my mom for Mother’s Day, would destroy me.  It’s not like I was even thinking of her a lot–more that my body… Read More »

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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 »