Burnt Flower Soup

Burnt Flower Soup

Twice a month the peaceCENTER used to have an evening potluck/staff meeting/re-centering and Narjis would bring a crockpot of homemade soup, often made with produce from her community garden. “What is it this time?” I asked her, greedily. “Burnt...
Tube or telescope?

Tube or telescope?

These two quotations seem to go together somehow. Jane Goodall, the anthropologist, using the analogy of a rolled up newspaper, a tube, to explain the limitations of our vision. And then Neil DeGrasse Tyson, the Astrophysicist, whose world is expanded by looking...
Essay: Small Things With Great Love

Essay: Small Things With Great Love

by Susan Ives There’s a meme going around that says, “Of all the things I learned in elementary school, avoiding cooties was the last one I expected to use.” Are cooties still a thing? The kids from the old neighborhood – all of us in our 60s now – gave that a...
Thich Nhat Hanh: See the Universe in a Sunflower

Thich Nhat Hanh: See the Universe in a Sunflower

“I live in Plum Village, in the Dordogne region of southwest France, an area known for its sunflowers. But people who come to Plum Village in April do not see any sunflowers. They hear people saying that there are many sunflowers around, but they cannot see them...
Bryan Stevenson: How to Save the World

Bryan Stevenson: How to Save the World

Bryan Stevenson is the executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, and a professor of law at New York University Law School. He has won relief for dozens of condemned prisoners, argued five times before the Supreme Court, and won acclaim...