vol. 10, num. 18 :: 2011.10.14 — 2011.10.27
At some point in our development, we become aware that there are insiders and outsiders when it comes to various social contexts -- politics to playgrounds, workplaces to Sunday school. How we respond to this awareness varies greatly from one person to another. Where do you stand?
On the characters who teach us how to accept life around the edges of a big story.
From St. Francis to Shakespeare, an endorsement for radical hospitality.
Moving from transplanted strangers to homemaking exiles.
On a mother’s decision to keep a family secret...for now.
On the secrets we all keep.
Is it possible to truly belong in a new culture?
Remembering the challenges and triumphs of the teen years.
A mother remembers the longings and cruelties of junior high girls.
Learning to cope with unemployment.
First hand experience with Alabama’s new immigration law.
Life is a complicated game of Would You Rather? for a those who find pieces of home in two very different worlds.
Remembering Simone Weil and a middle school band of misfits.
Greg Bottoms on the making of a Santeros artist as an old man.
On the first day, any first day, we're expected to live by the rules and customs of the culture we're entering, but we don't know those rules and customs just yet.
Do not ask your children
to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable,
but it is a way of foolishness.
Help them instead to find the wonder
and the marvel of an ordinary life.
Show them the joy of tasting
tomatoes, apples, and pears.
Show them how to cry
when pets and people die.
Show them the infinite pleasure
in the touch of a hand.
And make the ordinary come alive for them.
The extraordinary will take care of itself.
William C. Martin
The Parent’s Tao Te Ching
Hat tip: James Padilla-DeBorst
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