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FOR MY MOM

In MONICA'S COLUMN by Monica Thunder0 Comments

I’ve spent these early adult years pursuing a listless nostalgia for a wholeness I couldn’t remember how to articulate. Being in the presence of the Dalai Lama reminded me that I never needed to look further than my own mother, who has shown me selfless love from the beginning.

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WHEN IT’S HARD TO BE COMPASSIONATE

In MONICA'S COLUMN by Monica Thunder1 Comment

How does one respond compassionately to the negative confusion that drives men to assault women — meaning, how can victims of assault respond in a way that mitigates negativity rather than perpetuates it? Given that the issue is systemic, it seems that angry, irritated, traumatized, or violent reactions are the only avenue available to us in face to face encounter.

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AWAY FOR CHRISTMAS

In MONICA'S COLUMN by Monica Thunder0 Comments

This year, I find myself away from home on Christmas Eve for the first time. It’s not as if I’ll be missing out on much. Things will play out as they always have. In the morning, my dad and three sisters will walk our new puppy to go get coffee. Last year, we walked our other dog, Charger, but he died in April.

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ON VIOLENCE

In MONICA'S COLUMN by Monica Thunder1 Comment

The war in Syria is not Syria’s problem. It is everyone’s problem. Fear, hatred and greed collude to create wars; to pretend as if those same shadows don’t loiter within my own heart and mind is to do a gross injustice to those who suffer on their account.