Archive for May, 2011

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What I learned about generosity from Lakota students

May 30, 2011

I’m thinking tonight of the Lakota students at Sinte Gleska University in South Dakota and their stories of resistance and resilience within our country’s horrific history of death and destruction of indigenous people. I’m pondering how they can speak of maintaining a spirit of generosity through it all.

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What stories are we telling to the children?

May 7, 2011

At the Seattle airport recently, I was asked at a Borders bookstore to contribute to a children’s book drive for the Shriners hospitals.  I agreed and asked the clerk how much was the donation. She pointed to a group of Golden Books and said, “just pick one.”

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I’m Black Japanese

May 1, 2011

I recently took a Seattle cab and commented that the driver must have many stories to tell.  “Oh, yes,” he said. There was the drunk woman who couldn’t remember her home address, there was a cruise ship dweller who wanted to throw a fish and there was the white man whose first question in the cab was “Cabbie, where are you from?”

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