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Zen in Hakalau: Akiko’s Prayers

Wondrous Prayer We live in modesty and simplicity, palms together, head bowed in gratitude, giving thanks for each inhale and each exhale. We settle deeply, surrendering our bones and our being to the earth, grounded deeply in our precious Hawaii.

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Posted in Environment, Grace, I BLOG, Peace, Spiritulaity, Sustainability, Uncategorized

Zen: Buddhist B & B in Hakalau

No TV. Limited Wi-Fi. No cell phone coverage unless you walk down the road to find a hot spot. Silence from 6.30 p.m. to 6.30 a.m. No microwave. No shoes in the house: a sunny yellow and white relic of

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Posted in Big Island, Coqui Frogs, Environment, Hamakua, Hawaiian Values, I BLOG, Listening, Mochi-pounding, Seniors, Sustainability, Uncategorized

Presidential Candidates: Extractive or Generative?

In her latest book, Owning Our Future, Marjorie Kelly tells a hopeful story of “Journeys to a Generative Economy.” She describes people who are actually helping to build an economy “around ideals like fairness, community and sustainability—an economy that in

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Posted in Business and Justice, Healthcare, I BLOG, Seniors, Sustainability, Uncategorized

From Douglass to Obama: How Far Have We Come?

This guest post is drawn from a presentation by my daughter, Sheela Jane Menon, currently pursuing a Ph.D. in English at the University of Texas, Austin. It begins to examine the question of how much progress has been made in

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Posted in Fighting Poverty, I BLOG, Justice, Race and Art, Race and Economics, Sustainability, Uncategorized

Who do they say I am?

The conversation between  Christ and his disciples described in the Gospel this past Sunday is a conversation worth having with those who raise us, nurture us, mentor us, befriend us and help us along our life journey. Because along with what

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Posted in Business and Justice, Expectations, I BLOG, Justice, Sustainability, Transformation, Uncategorized

Knowing Beans and Being Catholic. . .

My small harvest of beans grown on the lanai that wraps around our apartment feeds who I am as a Catholic in all kinds of, maybe muddled, ways. For Catholics, the idea of seeding and bearing fruit and harvesting runs

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Posted in Feeding the Hungry, I BLOG, Sustainability, Uncategorized

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