The subversive, confrontational and emboldening stories of Christmas

Among global literature, few narratives are as a baldly subversive and anti-imperial as the Christmas stories, while at the same time so neutralized. The gospel writers of Matthew and Luke (the only canonical gospels with birth narratives) each in their own unique way set up a stark confrontation between Jesus and the Roman Caesars, of … Continue reading The subversive, confrontational and emboldening stories of Christmas

Acceptance Lets Us Speak Truth in Love

I keep stumbling upon the necessity of social connection. In recent news stories on children’s mental health; stories about memory-function and what preserves it; stories about recovery from addiction. The potent prescription in each case, based on the mounting research of social scientists, is connection and community. We seem to need it like air, food, … Continue reading Acceptance Lets Us Speak Truth in Love

Seeing Beauty in Ourselves and Others

Along with two friends, I weekly visit Nora*, an elder experiencing the slow-motion slide into dementia. My friends and I go to accompany Nora and one another, to share soul-revealing conversation, and to keep vigil with our friend who charts the passing of cognitive abilities she always defined herself by. An inherently deep and intelligent … Continue reading Seeing Beauty in Ourselves and Others

Attending Yoga at Winter Solstice

Attending Yoga at Winter SolsticeClass starts at five and already it’s dark.Radiant sconces in the Rec-Center yoga roomdraw us like men to a dusky bar on a rain-split night in December. Black locust trees twitch scarred branches outside the windows, stripped of their nimble fringe, as we fold bodies like quilts around suspended hearts, release our breath, laden with its … Continue reading Attending Yoga at Winter Solstice