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Monthly Archives: November 2015

This Thursday in the U.S., we celebrate “Thanksgiving,” which I like think of more as “Gratitude Day.” That’s my way of honoring the spirit of appreciation while moving away from the day’s unfortunate roots. Ideally gratitude is something innate, practiced implicitly everyday and no need of “special days” as reminders. WISHING YOU EVERY JOY AND MUCH FOR WHICH TO BE GRATEFUL. In Peace and with Love and Joy, Jamie In the spirit of kindness… Read More

Recommended Reading Ta-Nehisi Coast won the National Book Award for nonfiction for Between the World and Me, an exploration of his experience of being a black man in America.  Well done.  Must read. “The classroom was a jail of other people’s interests. The library was open, unending, free.” “You must resist the common urge toward the comforting narrative of divine law, toward fairy tales that imply some irrepressible justice. The enslaved were not bricks… Read More

I don’t know who to credit, but this is spot on.  

With all its faults – and there are many – Facebook can be a blessing. I haven’t seen my cousin Dan in almost forty years. I lost track of him, but was much delighted to find him again on Facebook last March.  Dan and I were raised in the United States, but our family was from Lebanon. Our mothers were sisters. Our religious roots are Melchite (our grandfather’s side) and Maronite (our grandmother’s side). My mother,… Read More