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Picture of Kindness #3: A Gift from Travelers

Once the curtain of steam lifted, Dave, my namesake friend from Albany, New York, found himself standing on the edge of a cliff overlooking Mount Etna’s mythical crater.  He had added his volcano excursion to his...

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A Gift from a Japanese Lady and a Flying American Boy

The boy in this “picture” is nearly four years old and is playing airplane. His roaring, jubilant engine glides on outstretched feather-like arms through the courtyard of Ogen’in, Shinnyo-en’s Buddhist temple...

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Picture of Kindness

Courtesy of Monique Rubiano Here is a “picture” of my mother one spring morning telling someone on the street downstairs to wait, then stuffing our bread basket with fruit and a home-made queso fresco sandwich. ...

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Sanctuaries of Peace

No one is as capable of gratitude as one who has emerged from the kingdom of night. –Elie Wiesel Remembering what we experienced on September 11, 2001, can be very difficult.  But sharing our memories and...

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A New American’s Path to Peace

It is the end of May 2011.  Like most of my students, Rosario already feels American but is eager to make it official.  To her, America means confidence and compassion, which began to deepen noticeably in her life...

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Cleaning with Hope

From the heights of Manhattan skyscrapers the people below look like ants hurrying through a surreal forest of molded glass and rock, full of purposeful design and color on the one hand and littered with needless...

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