Look into a plum tree. In each plum on the tree there is a pit. That pit contains the plum tree and all previous generations of plum tree. The plum pit contains an eternity of plum trees. Inside the pit is an intelligence and wisdom that knows how to become a plum tree, how to … Continue reading The Transition & Continuation of Thích Nhất Hạnh
Black American civil rights leader Martin Luther King (1929-1968) addresses crowds during the March On Washington at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C., where he gave his 'I Have A Dream' speech. (Agence France Presse/Getty Images) Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, a federal holiday in the US, by (re)reading and listening to two of … Continue reading Happy MLK, Jr. Day!
Beyond Viet Nam: A Time to Break Silence, a speech Dr. King gave at the Riverside Church in New York City on 4 April 1967, a year to the day before he was assassinated is always worth a read and a listen on this or any other day: text and audio. His friendship with Thích Nhất … Continue reading Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day from Viet Nam!
After telling an acquaintance who is well-known in Viet Nam circles that I intended to write about the rhetorical bombshells that Thomas Vallely dropped in an early 2018 interview about Bob Kerrey and Fulbright University Vietnam, he warned me about possible backlash. In case you're just tuning in, Vallely is Senior Adviser for Mainland Southeast Asia … Continue reading The Importance of Speaking Up About “Things That Matter”
How do I know I am something, in this regard? Because I discovered the power of the written word, a la Edward Bulwer-Lytton's famous 1839 metonymic adage, The pen is mightier than the sword, in a previous incarnation, another lifetime, while still a high school student. I found it not only in what I read … Continue reading I Am Something…