Category: Publications

P1020058Ancient themes of loss and return are at play in the form of my father who was “lost” in WWII.  After a lifetime of sorrow I see his smile in a little boy happily picking up leaves and giving them to his mother during a day of mindfulness and write of this experience in the Mindfulness Bell:

Under “Search,” type in the title, MY FATHER’S SMILE.

Surprised and curious, I listen to our Dharma teacher lead us in a practice to restore inner peace after the tragic shootings at Virginia Tech.  Blue Sky Practice can be used by any group, anywhere, anytime to restore a sense of peace in times of trouble.  You can read about this practice in the Mindfulness Bell:

Under “Search,” type in the title, BLUE SKY PRACTICE.

Scan 4In 2008 I met my 94 year old Aunt Elinor for the first time.  She had been lost to the family since 1936 when she was sent to the mental hospital as a 23 year old mother of two small children.  Elinor was feisty, affectionate, and she still played the piano when I found her in a nursing home.  I saw her as a kind of bodhisattva in the way she related to everyone around her as family and lived without so many of the things I deem necessary.  The article in the Mindfulness Bell introduces her as Sadaparibhuta, the bodhisattva who never disparages.

Lost in the VictoryBased on interviews with 25 people whose fathers died in WWII, Lost in the Victory breaks the silence surrounding mention of the death of fathers in war by telling the stories of growing up in the shadow of their father’s death.

The voices in this book belong to sons and daughters who for half a century have seldom spoken of their fathers, or of their own lives after the deaths of their fathers.  At a young age, they learned to keep quiet about such things, and only with great reticence have they now been able to discuss their loss and its impact on their lives.