Category Archives: Inspiration

The right choice: an inspiring story of a woman’s wisdom

They call it “right to life,” but it is the right to control, the right to impose immense suffering. Please read this beautiful, compassionate account by a woman who needed to terminate her unborn baby at 23 weeks. What would … Continue reading

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Gain sanity in an insane world

For more years than I care to count, Jon Kabat-Zinn has been one of my inspirations. I have learned from several of his books. He developed his mindfulness-based technique for coping with severe pain in 1979. I have used it … Continue reading

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How to reduce crime

There is extensive evidence that punishment does not reduce crime. I have written about this, time and again. The author of this article seems to be unaware of the many decades of research, but reports on how a nice man … Continue reading

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A Peaceful Proposal, by Don Lubov

Don is a brother; a fellow oldie campaigning for a better world for today’s youngsters. He has chosen to let go of his website, and instead sends emails around to his group of friends. From now on, when he wants … Continue reading

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Teacher told him he’d end up in jail. Instead, he is now a supreme court judge

Aboriginal Australians face terrible discrimination and stigma, despite all the mouthings about respect for First Nations people and striving for equality. Lincoln Crowley comes from a little Outback town, where he was expelled from school before completing his education because … Continue reading

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Doctors without borders online conference

Across the aid world, humanitarian organizations are facing urgent calls to action to address systemic racism and dismantle colonial power structures. MSF and other organizations have pledged to reform and do more to uphold diversity, equity, and inclusion. But what … Continue reading

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AFSC: a wonderful mob

I am Buddhist, and have no interest in also being a Christian (which is perfectly possible). However, if ever I changed my mind, the practice and philosophy of the Quakers appeals to me the most. Having studied many versions of … Continue reading

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A guide on how to be deaf in today’s world

I learned HEAPS from reading this warm, articulate and inspiring essay by Rachel Zemach. She became deaf at 10 years of age, and has taught deaf kids in school, so knows what she is talking about. Um… writing about. I … Continue reading

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Her child’s death made her into a better person

Alison Walker’s baby daughter died 18 years ago. The loss never goes, but her story of giving and growing will inspire you to face whatever terrible event the world might throw at you. I read this story because it is … Continue reading

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Small country, big step: Panama recognises Nature as a person

I wasn’t sure if this is “environment,” “inspiration,” “good news” or “politics,” but then all categories are fiction. There is only One, and the government of Panama has taken the inspirational political step to protect Nature, which is all life … Continue reading

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