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My Out of Body Experience.
Prompted By Aging
One of my favorite walking activities involves shutting my eyes for as long as I can. I choose sidewalks with grass on both sides, or smooth trails that are straight with no stones or potholes. The experience of temporary blindness allows me to enter the environment with no focus, no distractions except for the wind… Read More
Don’t talk about your family’s history. Don’t invite trouble.
Prompted By Mother’s Day
This was the command from my mother when I was in elementary school. The assignment in class was to speak about our family background. The kids awkwardly told stories about the origins of their grandparents in Ohio or somewhere in California, and then moved to their home in North Hollywood. Their stories were antiseptic, hagiographic,… Read More
Blasphemous Minister of Education
Prompted By Struggling with Values
The struggle to teach traditionally vs. the struggle to teach with a different pedagogy Read More
Yale: Studies, Romances, Escape
Prompted By Affairs of the Heart
In the summer of 1961, I left my job in Harlem where I was working with gang members as a community worker, for a student life at Yale that catapulted me from clamorous chaos to hushed academia. Read More
Three-Dimensional Chess. Players: Taiwan’s Martial Law, United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, Me
Prompted By Danger
From 1965-67, I studied Chinese in Taiwan, Republic of China. Although I was a dedicated student, I found myself more involved in human rights opposing martial law. Read More
A Minnesota Winter Rapture
Prompted By Can You Go Home Again?
In Minnesota, winter is both a threat and a reward. Read More