Encounters with Shakespeare
Oct26

Encounters with Shakespeare

by Rob Peck When the last bell rang at 2:55 pm, three years after I’d left I returned to Tenafly High. The hallways of my old high school hadn’t changed. Hopefully homeroom assignments hadn’t either. Just before 3 o’clock I slipped into Room 212. Frank Spada (my 11th grade English Teacher) sat at his desk, head down, right hand gliding a ballpoint pen across a page. I stood motionless, my mind replaying the...

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Considering the Autumn – an Elder Journey
Oct15

Considering the Autumn – an Elder Journey

by Terry Jones In considering the stages of my life I often think about the seasons. Spring was about birth. Summer was a time of blossoming, growing up. Autumn is a time of harvest. Autumn asks that we harvest our long life experience—that we be wise in the ways of garnering and keeping. But it also asks that we learn to let go… And Winter is about completion.   DH Lawrence saw this darkly.   “Now it is autumn and the falling fruit...

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Elderhood & the Elder Journey Video Series
Sep13

Elderhood & the Elder Journey Video Series

The Path of the Elder and the Elderhood Video Series By Terry Jones, eagle grounded by dog There is a stage of life beyond adulthood.  The older men of MKP call it elderhood. Before the Industrial Era older people who were still on the land, accessible to the family and the community often acted as sources of wisdom, celebrants and mentors. They resided at the center of the village until they died ready to support the young in their...

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Mr. Sacco
Aug15

Mr. Sacco

This last four days I’ve been deep in the woods and water of Ontario. I was spending time with a man I first met in fifth grade at Earle Brown Elementary School. He was my teacher then and still is today … some 50 years later. Joe used to smuggle art books into school for me, from his own collection. Rembrandt, DaVinci, Van Gogh, Picasso, and my personal favorite Michelangelo were all represented and invited to share their...

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From Dad’s Toolbox
Jun17

From Dad’s Toolbox

by Randall Rogers, Reprinted with Permission There’s a wrong I’d like to right. The man I wronged is dead, so I am asking you to hear my truth in this regard. If it resonates, so be it, or, share your truth. I was 48 when I first heard of a Warrior Weekend and the idea that there were other men in the world that wondered . . . ‘is this it, is this what being a man is?’ was foreign to me. I was hungry for the...

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Miracles
May30

Miracles

by Vince Chafin, Flying in to Rapid City SD I see a dusting of snow sprinkled across the barren landscape. In my minds eye I can see them, millions of Buffalo that roamed freely over this plain before us, the wasi’chu’s, (the whites), flooded in and wiped the landscape of its wildness. Its a familiar vision for me as I have been to the Pine Ridge reservation a few times before. That name is not a mistake either, “Reservation”, the act...

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