Monthly Archives: December 2012

Merry Christmas, Part II

The “Merry Christmas” thing just keeps ticking along. One response, via an old friend, included a copy of a statement made in the House of ¬†Commons by Nina Grewal, MP for Fleetwood-Port Kells, and reprinted in the National Post for … Continue reading

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“Merry Christmas!”–or not

About five years ago, I was standing at a bus stop downtown, when I was approached by an old gent who was selling buttons bearing the legend, “I celebrate Christmas.” I bought one, and it got me thinking about the … Continue reading

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Awareness

I subscribe to the Guardian Weekly,¬†sharing the subscription with a friend who lives nearby. It comes to me, I read it, and then pass it on to him. I find it very valuable, with far more solid international news in … Continue reading

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Oppressor and oppressed

So, Brazil: why did I go? And did I buy the t-shirts? Yes, two. One is yellow and green, and simply bears the word Brasil; the other is black, and bears a message in Portuguese, which I translate roughly as … Continue reading

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December 13, 2000: Chadral Rinpoche

December 13 is a special day for me, the day on which I remember with gratitude my meeting in India with Chadral (sometimes spelled Chatral) Rinpoche, a high lama in the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism, a dzogchen (inner transcendental … Continue reading

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Letter from Brazil

Today, December 1, is the last day of the World Social Forum Free Palestine (wsfpalestine.net). With my friend and colleague, Anna Baignoche, I have been here since the beginning of the forum on November 28. As someone fluent in Portuguese, … Continue reading

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