We have forgotten how to be good guests, how to walk lightly on the earth as its other creatures do. — Barbara Ward and Rene’ Dubos. When I was a little boy I played cowboys and indians with my friends. I always had to be an indian because my father prohibited guns in the house, even cap…

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To be nobody-but-yourself — in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight. — E.E. Cummings. In this time of social media and immense pressure beginning at early childhood, one must struggle night and day simply…

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Tonight I will get the opportunity to listen to Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center perform “The Ever Fonky Lowdown,” Wynton’s latest composition that critiques the idea of American freedom. The reason I am so excited is twofold. First, Marsalis is an unbelievable talent, and I am here in upstate New York to specifically…

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  This week at the Chautauqua Institution I have plenty of sources for discussion. But let me begin with the words of Maria Popova: “’Under conditions of terror,’ Hannah Arendt wrote in her classic treatise on the normalization of evil, ‘most people will comply but some people will not… No more is required, and no…

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I will not let anyone walk through my mind with dirty feet. — Attributed to Mahatma Gandhi. The above is another gem I found in Bonnie Whitehouse’s journal, Afoot and Lighthearted. I can really relate to Gandhi’s thought. Lately I’ve felt bombarded by politics of hate, division, and lack of cooperation. I am a yellow dog, but I…

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