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Why It’s Good to Get Arrested

Why It’s Good to Get Arrested

October 11, 2018 marked the thirtieth anniversary of the day I was arrested. By 1988, AIDS diagnoses in the U.S. approached 100,000 and communities were devastated. The Republican government’s ignoring of the growing crisis led to the formation of Act Up, the direct...
Happy Groundhog Day

Happy Groundhog Day

In the film, Groundhog Day, the lead character, played with perfect disaffected snarkiness by Bill Murray, gets trapped living a single day over and over again. Every day is Groundhog Day; a cold, gray, mediocre one in Puxatawney, Pennsylvania. Each day, Murray steps...
The Heart, Ch’I, and Courage

The Heart, Ch’I, and Courage

The next quality that is central to the Mencian conception of heart is ch’i. (For those of you who are just joining this conversation, Mencius was a great Chinese Sage who lived and wrote 2300 years ago. Central to his philosophy was the notion of “heart.”...
The Wise Old Man at the End of the World

The Wise Old Man at the End of the World

Many years ago, when I was searching for the answer to life, I thought I’d find it by going to the end of the world. That was the instruction I found in all the stories. You climbed the mountain, found the guy with the long beard, and he’d give you the secret. You’d...