Moved Socks and Self-Forgiveness

First published in February 2017 in a blog long-ago under a name far-away. A couple of weeks ago, I rearranged my drawers. I just made a little extra room for my socks, put the outerwear shirts in the drawer next to the sleep shirts, and the jeans in a drawer next to...

Prison Abolition for This Guy?

Twenty-four years later and it’s still a touch surreal to me to think that I was nearly murdered at 18. I’m not sure there are other words for it: My ex-beau had stolen a knife from his steakhouse job and sat outside of my mom’s house until she and my step-father left...

Shooting for the Highest Common Denominator

In 2005, Buddhist teacher Pema Chödrön and Alice Walker – best known as the author of The Color Purple, less known for her lifelong, intensive, skin-in-the-game social justice activism – had a public conversation at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. It’s a...

Sweet Potato Hummus

1 sweet potato 1 lemon, peel and juice 1-2 cloves garlic, peeled 1 can of chickpeas or 1.5 c cooked from dry (aquafaba/can juice preserved) 3ish Tb tahini 5-6 kalamata olives (I sometimes also add brine from the jar, just depending on how much brine I have to spare.)...

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