THE BLACK PANTHER’S GIFT

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In this season of chaos and giving, here is the true story of one black panther’s gift. In just 13 minutes, it movingly illustrates everything I wrote about in last week’s blog.     Like Spirit the panther, and like Michael, we are sometimes the chaos for other people, and also the gift. I invite you to talk to the chaos in your life. What is it trying to tell you? How does it want to be treated? What is … Read More

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NAVIGATING CHAOS: Michael Jackson and the Black Panther

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Ever feel paralyzed by too much bad news? That’s been me for the last three weeks…frozen in writer’s block by the news of terrifying attacks in Paris and San Bernadino. I’ve been saddened to observe the press trying to pit all Europeans and Americans against all muslims in a way that lacks sufficient historical context or factual information. In addition, the focus seems to be on establishing an external enemy to avoid the greater issues at play in our own … Read More

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When All Else Fails: Dance

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I don’t seem to be able to write this week. So much chaos in the world, too many rapid-fire decisions in my own life. Though I’ve stopped listening to the news, I still feel the tidal wave of fear the media is pouring over the world. Getting used to living with mystery is hard enough; when it is drenched in terror it seems impossible. Right now, all I can do is dance, to shake that anxiety out of me. Tomorrow … Read More

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JAMMING IN THE FACE OF VIOLENCE: Michael Jackson’s Resilience

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Is your head spinning from the violence in this country? Mine is. But the media spins it even more: it fans the flames of fear, which solves nothing. Michael Jackson showed us that to really heal the world, we have to confront injustice and fan love’s flame. I’m taking a break from writing this week, but I’ll be back next week to explore how Michael managed to dance through the chaos and keep changing the world. Meanwhile, I invite you … Read More

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