world trade center pool

We call upon Enki, ancient Sumerian god of water;
and Tiamat, primordial goddess of the ocean,
and mother of all the Babylonian deities;
we think of Oceanus, and the Nixies,
and Mazu, Varuna, Suijin—
and all the other metaphorical embodiments of water…

we open our awareness
to the water that makes up the majority of our own bodies;
we note our utter dependence
upon water to live;

We note the tenth anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center;
we note the significant changes—
in our country ~read more~

9/11 for all ages


My sister plans to explain the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks using the story of the Grinch. When talking with children (most of whom were not yet born on September 11, 2001), she wanted to be as honest as possible, without frightening them. Her insight: use the Dr. Seuss story, How The Grinch Stole Christmas. She’ll ask them if they know who the Grinch is, and ask them about what he stole from the Whos in Whoville (gifts, ~read more~

cruel to be kind

A newspaper has apologized for depicting Muslims in a *positive* light.

On September 11th, the Portland Press Herald published a story titled “A Show of Faith and Forgiveness: Muslims mark the end of Ramadan with a celebration of life and an outpouring for those less fortunate.”

Almost immediately, complaints began pouring in, and the paper apologized: “We have acknowledged that we erred by at least not offering balance to the story and its prominent position on the front ~read more~

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