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Breathing in Summer

I knew I needed a different kind of summer. After teaching for thirty-two years, this last year, teaching during Covid, was the most difficult of all. I knew this summer had to be different too. I realized I needed a return to a more intentional meditation practice. So, I’m taking two Breath/Meditation classes each week,Continue reading “Breathing in Summer”

Refugees Deserve Refuge: Isa and Deo – Free Block 13 – Week of Action

Refugees face unimaginable suffering. And LGBTQ+ refugees face more than most. As many of my readers know, Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya, is one of the largest refugee camps in the world. It holds more than 200,000 refugees and asylum seekers, mostly from various African countries. The LGBTQ+ refugees there have faced savage violence forContinue reading “Refugees Deserve Refuge: Isa and Deo – Free Block 13 – Week of Action”

Dear You: A Black Husband and Father Reflects on Empathy – by Jimmy Friday

This is the fourth in a series of reflections called The Empathy School: reflections on Empathy in today’s world. I’m deeply grateful to my friend, Jimmy Friday, for sharing his thoughts here. This is the third time Jimmy’s words have spoken up from my blog. Scroll back to read more of his thoughts. Dear You:Continue reading “Dear You: A Black Husband and Father Reflects on Empathy – by Jimmy Friday”

History & Hope: Philip C. Kolin’s Poetry Collection “Delta Tears”

Few poets can weave history and hope together with surprising poetic language. But Philip C. Kolin is that rare poet. In Delta Tears, from Main Street Rag Publishing, he succeeds. He has published over forty scholarly books and ten poetry collections in his long career, now as Emeritus Distinguished Professor of English at the UniversityContinue reading “History & Hope: Philip C. Kolin’s Poetry Collection “Delta Tears””

The Empathy School: Frederick Douglass Still Teaches Us

This is the third in a series of reflections on empathy, The Empathy School. The series will be completed in the Summer of 2021. My American Literature students had just finished discussing a particularly brutal section of The Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass. This section detailed how, after the death of one ofContinue reading “The Empathy School: Frederick Douglass Still Teaches Us”

The Empathy School: Steven Leyva Sees Literature as Empathy’s Best Teacher

This is the second part of an occasional series on empathy. Steven Leyva is a poet and professor at the University of Baltimore. He is the author of The Understudy’s Handbook and he is my friend. The other day, I was meditating on the reality that my son and I will never attend the sameContinue reading “The Empathy School: Steven Leyva Sees Literature as Empathy’s Best Teacher”

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