A decade ago, my friend and yoga teacher, Jordan Mallah, was a Peace Corps Volunteer in La Grama. Every few years since, he’s arranged a “service” trip where he convinces a group of people from the United States to come build a local library, or assist on a town-wide water project. The 2011 project was to plant an organic vegetable garden behind el colegio, the local grammar school.
The entire universe emanates a clear invocation of nature appreciation The pulsation of the breath of the universe is vibrant and alive Luminous royal sun flames majestically burn away mysterious cumulous clouds revealing thin blowing branches that provide a sacred resting place for stoically perched songbirds Vibrant yellow wildflowers scarcely speckle the emerald green shaded […]
It just occurred to me recently that most of my friends have so little teeth I can count them on one hand. Their glowing smiles radiate joy and I quickly forget that our cultures are worlds apart. For example, barely anyone I know here has a bathroom, sink, or shower. Every time I go to […]
The eyes are smiling but is the heart? – African proverb Greetings from Northern Virginia! Life here in suburbia, where they cut down all the trees and name the streets after them, is just dandy. Tomorrow, June 13th, is my birthday. Birthdays are a fine time to reflect on the past year, and modify goals […]
Some people say it was never harder to be an adolescent. This statement is certainly true, considering the violence, crime, guns, diseases, and the many other atrocious things adolescents have to deal with these days. What are young people to believe? The answer to that question is complex. My solution is to start solving these […]
Today is a day that I have been anticipating for many years and I cannot believe it is here already. To begin with, I have many people to thank. First, I must thank my Hebrew teachers for teaching me how to read Hebrew, and my religion teachers for teaching me about Judaism in great depth. […]