Compassion

Is it Right to Rejoice over bin Laden’s death?

The recent killing of Osama bin Laden has occasioned a wide variety of emotional reactions in this country and abroad. For many Americans, the response was one of relief, admixed with joy, and perhaps...

A Generous Heart

We will soon arrive at Parashat Vayakhel-Pekudei in the weekly cycle of the public reading of the Torah. In this section of Exodus, Moses instructs the people of Israel with “a generous heart” to...

Remembering Mom

Saying goodbye to my mother is the first memory I have. Dad said she was sick and had to go away for awhile. I was only three years old and didn't understand. She looked...

New Poems by MargBouvard

HYMNS I think of Falah’s sister in Iraq who lost her husband, her four children, affectionate daughters, proud sons. I think of her empty hands, her empty house that is no longer a home, and I pray. I think there will...

Things Come Alive with Attention

Ever since I took Keiko (my cat) to the park that day and let her out every evening, she was wired. Every morning she was under foot, walking around the kitchen and living room....

woman’s work

A quiet lives in the ordinary. A woman's work very often lives out of the ordinary. I have been nervous about this woman's silence that is calling me back home. My mom made this quilt for me....

Dementia, Word, This

2013 Honorable Mention (Essay) Grandpa told us flatly that he grew up at the base of Mount Everest. We all laughed, horrified. “Mount Rainier,” my uncle corrected him, after long silence. At my cousin’s wedding...

The Shower Prayer (full poem, by Cristina M. R. Norcross)

The Shower Prayer   The hot rain of the shower comes down. Walls blurred from early morning vision – I leave the high hot setting and simply stand in the moment of daybreak.   Calendar unmarked, computer untouched – this day is thankfully unspoken for. For...

The Sound of Silence

When does silence equal complicity? Two recent incidents lead me to pose this question. I do not intend it to be rhetorical or merely a catchy introduction to a blog post. I need some advice,...

Once Upon a Swim…

I was in the middle of a long training swim one afternoon, preparing for a triathlon, feeling pressured to complete the session, already thinking ahead to the impossible list of things I had to...