From what I read and hear, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has been bunkered in the White House for the past three days. (I like the pun, evoking the memory of that arch bigot, Archie!) I suspect he has not been engaged in the kind of ...

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"The Buddha Diaries" - 5 new articles

  1. BUNKERED
  2. ME TOO, DR. CHRISTINE BLASEY FORD
  3. A NEW BOOK
  4. INTEGRITY
  5. MY RIGHT HAND
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BUNKERED

From what I read and hear, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has been bunkered in the White House for the past three days. (I like the pun, evoking the memory of that arch bigot, Archie!) I suspect he has not been engaged in the kind of self-reflection and self-examination that is called for at a moment of personal crisis, but rather plotting ways in which he can exculpate and extricate himself from the threat to his candidacy brought about by the accusation of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.
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ME TOO, DR. CHRISTINE BLASEY FORD

I have a story to tell, in solidarity with Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. It is a story of humiliation and abuse, and one that I am as reluctant to tell as she has been. It explains, in part, how well I understand the reasons for her reluctance. It is embarrassing.

When I was a boy at boarding school, perhaps fifteen years old, I slept in one of aligned rows of beds in a dormitory. The blankets, I remember, we all the same bright red. There was a chest of drawers placed between each bed, where...

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A NEW BOOK

I'm just beginning to put out word about my new book of essays, now available at Amazon. It's called A Serious Conversation With Myself: Reflections On the Approach of Age, and the title tells you pretty much what the book is about. Once I had put together this collection of short essays--my favored medium--I asked my friend, the artist Marsha Barron, if she would consider contributing some images, and she came up with a truly beautiful series of small paintings; one of them is reproduced on...

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INTEGRITY

I have behaved badly. If ever I were to sit today in the candidate's seat before the Senate Judiciary Committee and every detail of my past were to be subject to examination, I would soon be exposed as a reckless and shameless miscreant, wholly undeserving of seat on America's Supreme Court. I suspect there are few among us who would qualify if the unexpurgated truth of our lives as young people were known. We have all done things of which we should be deeply ashamed.

That said, if we wish...

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MY RIGHT HAND

The debilities that come with age are a humbling reminder of our human imperfections. Yesterday my right hand was so painful that I could type no more than a few words. Today, well... it's better.

When I write about such things I wonder how anyone could possibly be interested. Mulling that thought this morning--and realizing that so much of my writing has been about myself--I asked myself why I persist in this peculiar occupation. I have written about others, of course, over the years; I...

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