For reasons I’m not entirely certain of, this became the Rosh Hashana song for me.Many years running, and long-alienated from religious faiths or belonging, I walked on East Broadway each year when this holiday came. Not so long ago, the air used to turn cold then. Gray-bearded Orthodox and Hasidim in long black caftans rocked … More The sun pours down like honey on Our Lady of the Harbor
Masako Akeo Suzuki has died, at only 61 years of age. Masako spent her adult life engaged in organizing parents in Japan in solidarity, to overturn its brutal, archaic, cruel family law order, to restore to children and parents alike their right to one another. Masako also spent her entire adult life trying to rejoin … More Masako Akeo Suzuki has died. She championed the fight against Japanese Parental Child Abduction.
On Bastille Day, 2019 There is more than one way to cage a child. It is tempting sometimes to say that the society we live in today can be straightforwardly deduced from the self-development of the logic of its institutions. That the increasingly horrid politics and social exclusions we witness today are prefigured in prior … More Bring ’em all in
Things do not of necessity or probability work out for the best. Brecht once wrote, “Swimming from the sinking ship, You don’t seek the best island, but the nearest.” A respite from peril. Walter Benjamin said (in a sentence I can be accused of being too fond of recalling) that the reality of resistance to … More “Will you please tell him that I’ve been to paradise and I’m amazed that I survived”