Grafton Peace Pagoda- Jun Yasuda

Spirituality

Jun Yasuda – A Faith Journey Interview

Written on June 1, 2017

Jun Yasuda is an inspiration. I hope that doesn’t sound trite because I mean that in the most sincere way possible. She is a guiding light and example of faith and activism in our community, and has been so for decades. I spent a few hours with Jun Yasuda at the Peace Pagoda in Grafton,…

Deacon Nancy Rosenblum

Spirituality

Deacon Nancy Rosenblum- A Faith Journey Interview

Written on May 25, 2017

I met Deacon Nancy Rosenblum during the Season of Lent this year and was delighted by her style, intellectualism and warmth. The idea of doing interviews with people I admire took hold of me a few weeks ago. I thought she would be a great candidate for depth of insight. I love learning how someone grows in…

James Baldwin on America

The arts

James Baldwin Still Speaks Truth to America

Written on May 17, 2017

The documentary “I Am Not Your Negro,” is less a movie than a plea for awakening and transfiguration of American culture. I was so stunned the first time I watched it, that I had to see it again two days later.  Since then, I’ve been thinking about James Baldwin and his call to truth. In  1979…

Cabaret Song Lyrics

The arts

Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome! Review of “Cabaret!”

Written on May 10, 2017

You should probably go see Cabaret at Proctors, especially since it’s only here until May 14th. Go if you want a sexy, bawdy good time that will also make you think and awaken inner conflicts. Cabaret is, in essence, one of the strangest musicals I’ve seen.  I was lucky enough to catch the ’98 Broadway version…

Climate March

Politics

Climate March- or “There is No Planet B”

Written on May 1, 2017

Marches and political resistance are the only times I’m comfortable sharing cliches publicly.  In this case, I feel completely justified marching with a sign that says “There is no planet B” on one side and #ClimateChangeIsReal on the other?  Why? Because climate change is real. I earnestly think that it is the most important issue…

Science matters

Upstate NY

Science Pride in 2017

Written on April 26, 2017

What a week!  We marched for science and then Neil deGrasse Tyson spoke at Proctors in Schenectady.  Thanks, Universe! I’d been hearing rumblings about a science march since right after the election and heart from the organizers of our local march at a Science on Tap event. Why did I want to go?  After all,…

Desmond Tutu on Hope

Literature

Book Review, part 1: “The Book of Joy”

Written on April 22, 2017

This book took me a few weeks to finish- its the kind of book you read, then put down and linger over passages. When you read a book with the sage conversation of two of the world’s great spirits, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama, you realize how much there is to learn. There is…

Tom Waits - Down There by The Train

The arts

Tom Waits, Photography, and Coffee in Albany

Written on April 17, 2017

On Good Friday, I took a half day to go to service at the Cathedral of All Saints, drink spendid coffee ( I fasted ’til 3pm, which is always a hungry mistake for me, but I was well-intentioned) and see some interesting photography. Let’s talk about each of these things. The Good Friday service was…

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