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The Good News of Remembering the Big Picture, 3.26.2017

I randomly pull books off of my shelves and turn to a page to see what’s there. Today I found the following in Dorothee Soelle’s Against the Wind: Memoir of a Radical Christian (she was a German theologian, feminist, and peace activist):

Once, when I was particularly depressed, a friend and pacifist from Holland told me something very beautiful: “The people who worked to build the cathedrals in the Middle Ages never saw them completed. It took two hundred years and more to build them. Some stone-cutter somewhere sculpted a beautiful rose; it was his life’s work, and it was all he ever saw. But he never entered into the completed cathedral. But one day, the cathedral was really there. You must imagine peace the same way.” Those words helped me a lot. It was good to know: I was participating in building a cathedral, and I knew that someday it would be completed, just as slavery was abolished, so war will also be abolished, though beyond my lifetime.

The Good News of Generating, 3.9.2017

I have 286 chapters in an almost finished first draft of a manuscript entitled, Our Heroic and Ceaseless 24/7 Struggle against Tsuris.

Supplication from the Founder of the Theater of Cruelty

We are your faithful servants
O Grand Lama

give us
grace us with your illuminations

in a language
our contaminated minds can understand

Antonin Artaud, to the Dalai Lama

–adapted from Eliot Weinberger, Outside Stories: Essays, p. 20

Share the Wealth with Thuy Khuu on Wednesday 28 December 2016

Have you noticed that toilet paper only comes in circular rolls? Has it occurred to you that it can be in other shapes, square for instance? What would happen then?

Every day, we interact with countless of products, literally! We see them, hear them, feel them, smell them, and even taste them in some cases! We are surrounded by design and living in a designed world. Yet, we usually don’t notice it until something goes wrong, then we question, “Who in their right mind would design this thing?! ”

My name is Thuy. I am a woman who has encountered her midlife crisis a decade or two early. At this Share the Wealth, please allow me to share with you the story of how I’ve found design, what design means to me, and what I would like to do with design.

Join us Wednesday 28 December 2016
Potluck dinner begins at 6:00
Thuy begins sharing at 6:45
At the home of Mark  Chmiel and Joanie French
4514 Chouteau Avenue
Forest Park Southeast 63110
Please park on Taylor Avenue or the 4400 block of Chouteau.


Wake Up

Someone asked Yudhishthira, “What is the most wondrous thing in the entire world?” He said, “The most wondrous thing in the entire world is that all around us people can be dying and we don’t believe it can happen to us.”

Sharon Salzburg, Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness

Make America Great Again, Again

This is total war… If we just let our vision of the world go forth, and we embrace it entirely and we don’t try to piece together clever diplomacy, but just wage a total war, our children will sing great songs about us years from now.

–Richard Perle, quoted in Eliot Weinberger, What Happened Here: Bush Chronicles (2005), p. 72

From Cami Kasmerchak, Two Years ago, 10.23.2014

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In Forest Park


Thanks to Lori Hirst, who encouraged me to head over to Forest Park to see the Monarch butterflies.


“How do you like that? Born only yesterday and already she speaks like a perfect mensch.”
–Max, in I. B. Singer’s Meshugah

A Letter to Eduardo Galeano by Jennifer Reyes Lay

I am happy to share the following from Jenn, who is an active participant in the summer Writing Rejuvenation class!

From Tuesday’s class, writing prompt to write a letter to an artist/writer you admire. This was one of two letters I wrote.

Dear Eduardo Galeano,

It’s too late to send you this letter because you have passed away, and the world is a bit sadder, more desolate place with your absence.  I’m sorry I’m so late.  Disculpa la tardanza.  You are a god of a writer.  Un dios de la palabra escrita.  I honestly don’t know how you do it.  Como lo haces?  How do you learn so much information, and then convey it in such a succinct way?  Short little paragraphs, maybe even just a sentence or two, and you can tell an entire story.  It’s amazing.  Asombroso.  I absolutely LOVE your writing.  You are probably one of my favorite authors.  Check that.  You are definitely one of my favorite authors.  Your books can be poured into.  They can be read cover to back or back to cover or just skip all around and every page, every entry has juice and wisdom and food for thought that can be chewed on for hours, no days, and still produce something new.  It is really incredible.

Thank you for enlightening me.  Gracias.  Thank you for opening my eyes to so much of the history that I was never taught by anyone else.  Gracias.  So much of the world’s history which those in power would rather sweep under the rug, hide from the light, you put front and center for all who had eyes to see to see and share.  You turn the world upside down and inside out.  I am forever changed from reading your works.  I am forever inspired to keep searching, to keep seeking out the stories and histories of others and practicing deep listening to take them in.  I am forever grateful for the many works, the many words, the many stories, the many lives you courageously and passionately shared with me and the world.  Mil gracias mi querido Galeano.