musing on ethics

Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of Universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life. (Dalai Lama) It’s said that as people get … Continue reading →

Russia and hot/cold wars

Yikes! I wrote this a week or two ago, and it already seems way outdated, so without further ado… I don’t know what will be revealed over time about Russia and US politics, but generally speaking, people don’t bother to … Continue reading →

Daughter of Immigrants

“This is like an apocalypse riding in a clown car. I don’t even know how to feel about this.” Trevor Noah speaking about the current US political situation. These days I think about my life as the daughter of immigrants … Continue reading →

the fish hook

This started as a simple introspective travel story. Was it really only a month ago I was enjoying the kindness and beauty of a predominantly Muslim village on a Thai island? I was going to publish this last week,  then … Continue reading →


I came across this blog post about Kali, the Dark Mother, in relationship to the election. “Darkness heals us without a spoonful of sugar; the wound is the gift…” Amen. I’m writing in a cafe. I come here because my … Continue reading →


I’m excited about #bridgesnotwalls in the UK. The central discovery I made in my intial inquiry into the various levels of meaning of apocalypse, which was fueled by post-911 political rhetoric, was that a prime directive for humans is to find … Continue reading →

Wrathful Deities and Violence in the Book of Revelation

Lately I’ve been wondering about the wrathful deities in Hinduism and Tantric Buddhism, especially in Tantric Buddhism iconography, the surreal, weird images that I have always found so compelling. Apparently their purpose, at least in part,  is to help the … Continue reading →

“Unveiling” in public discourse

I came across this on Facebook today. Notice how the word unveiling, pulling back the veil, etc. is emerging along with the word apocalypse / apocalyptic. Remember that apocalypse doesn’t only mean its common definition of gloom and doom, but … Continue reading →

Tribe of Strangers

A story, a prose poem, a manifesto, a love letter.  A prayer. An SOS to the collective heartbeat — we are the wild cards on the apocalyptic gambling table. We are the aces up our own sleeves.     I … Continue reading →

I have trouble understanding

Since I read this post by Asra Q. Nomani I haven’t been able to get it out of my mind, and keep dialoging with portions of it, trying to understand: This is my confession — and explanation: I — a 51-year-old, … Continue reading →