Tag Archives: respecting differences

What’s in a Title?

Carol A. Hand What deeper messages do titles convey? That’s a question that arises as I contemplate a powerful poignant book I just finished reading, Beyond Two Worlds: A Taiwanese-American Adoptee’s Memoir & Search for Identity by Marijane Huang. I … Continue reading

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Just connections

by Cynthia Renee Donner What if we wondered what was hijacking our emotions, and holding us in tightly wrapped boxes of fear, shame, anger and distrust sealed by corporate satisfaction and greed; as we’re fed from the roots of oppression. … Continue reading

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A Matter of Perspective

Carol A. Hand A gift in the morning worth pondering…   “Our planet is a lonely spark in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity – in all this vastness – there is no hint that help will come … Continue reading

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My Father’s Father

Carol A. Hand My Anglo-American grandfather lived in a goathouse Perhaps it was my father’s father’s way of resisting classism flipping the bird to his gated-community neighbors The descendant of the youngest son of British aristocracy who emigrated to make … Continue reading

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Crossing Divides

Carol A. Hand   Finding common ground, It’s not as easy as it sounds Just try it once or twice Crossing divides into discomfort and uncertainty Suddenly your attention is heightened Searching intently, listening deeply for clues about how to … Continue reading

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Reflections about Roots and Resistance

Carol A. Hand I want to thank Miriam for her though-provoking reflection about the need for resistance in these times. Her example of the Menominee Tribe’s successful resistance to the policy of tribal termination is inspiring. Her reflection sparked my … Continue reading

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Celebrating the Peace-Makers

Carol A. Hand This morning I awoke early, feeling the urgency to finish writing something I began before going to sleep in the wee hours. It was a rambling incoherent reflection that explained my absence from WordPress this week. There … Continue reading

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Carol A. Hand *** “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant.” (Robert Louis Stevenson) *** *** What seeds can I plant today surrounded by a blustery snowy icy sea blocking access … Continue reading

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Revisiting “Reflections on River Teeth”

Carol A. Hand This past week, my granddaughter was on vacation from school. She stayed with me while her mother worked, creating an impressive collection of artwork. Once again, I was reminded of kinder times and a neighbor whose gift … Continue reading

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The Power of Dreams

Carol A. Hand Recently, I have been contemplating two recurring childhood dreams. They seemed to presage the bookends of my life choices. The first was always the dark one. The second was always light. I remember waking with deep foreboding … Continue reading

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