december buddhist carnival – the not so fluffy edition

hello there. been looking forward to this edition of the buddhist carnival for quite a while because the last one was a bit on the stunted side, what with being busy with NaNoWriMo. so this month’s edition has a bit more meat on it; in fact, your teeth will get quite a nice workout. i’m… Continue reading december buddhist carnival – the not so fluffy edition

torture in afghanistan: who are our enemies?

my vancouver blogger friend jonathan narvey has a discussion about the current allegations that the canadian military looked the other way when people they had detained in afghanistan were transferred to afghani prisons where the canadian military knew, or should have known, that the detainees would be tortured. please see jonathan’s article and various comments,… Continue reading torture in afghanistan: who are our enemies?

remembrance day: musing on war and sacrifice

remembrance day has always been an ambiguous day for me. good memories : an hour in the rain under a gazillion umbrellas, proudly listening to my daughter singing a song with the girl guides at a remembrance day celebration; or a lovely morning 17 years ago when my then-boyfriend, now-husband were walking up and down… Continue reading remembrance day: musing on war and sacrifice

august 2009 buddhist carnival

here’s the buddhist carnival again! last month my blog was still sick and┬áthe carnival┬ádidn’t happen. glad to be back for august. the buddhist carnival is a romp / surf / drive / ride through the buddhist blogosphere (blugghasphere?) and today’s menu brings you posts on music, fashion, family, war, wishy-washy buddhism, persisting through the agony… Continue reading august 2009 buddhist carnival

twitter peace, shalom, salaam, and the salvation army

at the end of my day, i often ask myself, what was the theme for today? on this day, january 11, it was peace. with all the things that are happening in gaza right now, it was sad. and yet it was good. i am so grateful for all the good friends here on twitter… Continue reading twitter peace, shalom, salaam, and the salvation army

september 11 – the happiest day of my life

“what was the happiest day of your life?” this question comes up, sometimes. until seven years ago, it was “september 11, 1973.” that was the day my oldest child was born. it was the least pleasant of my three births, what with me an unwed teenage mother in a hopelessly old-fashioned veteran’s hospital in munich,… Continue reading september 11 – the happiest day of my life

remembrance day songs for a different kind of soldier

don’t know why remembrance day fascinates me so – at any rate, here’s another post about it, following the one last week and this and this last year. today i’d like to honour some soldiers for peace and democracy who died upholding their convictions. ephialtes, a fighter for democracy 400 BCE martin luther king, fighter… Continue reading remembrance day songs for a different kind of soldier