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Brahms’ Requiem: Movement 3 Reflection

There is a boundary I do not cross. It moves depending on the mood of others. Mom has nightmares of a family  broken by anger Babies without moms.  A husband calling from another home. My father came to America To own land. From our first days here He...

Brahms’ Requiem: Movement 4 Reflection

They’ve explained you’re born on earth Yet you live in the stars. Heart beating In harmony with the final dwelling place. Crossing this great river, you move, stone by stone. Water and rock drown the soul of your shoe. Now your clothes are your enemy. Your future held...

Brahms’ Requiem: Movement 6 Reflection by Anka Bolorsukh

The child sees the old man, whining and moaning. “God!” he screams. The neighbor feeds tiny creatures and humming birds pass like angels before the window where grief makes a dark world. Where does grief come from? From over the mountain, high up on the other side,...

Brahms’ Requiem: Movement 7 Reflection by Jayda Gray

Wind rattles the window at 3 a.m. Next door the neighbor lady lives a structured life. But murder shakes things up. Blood drips Ducking down to escape bullets . She pulls in hard to get hold of her breath, A life force we usually take for granted. It’s a cover...

Brahms’ Requiem: Movement 6 Reflection

By Jesus Gijon In every city there are People who help out, A few become saintly The small spit of sand Comes from montaña de piedra. These tiny crystals are not broken They are bits of a whole. To not know life as a river is the worst. Both always follow the possible...

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Teaching and Learning Self-forgetfulness

“There is joy in self-forgetfulness. So I try to make the light in others’ eyes my sun, the music in others’ ears my symphony, the smile on others’ lips my happiness”–Helen Keller (1966). Self-forgetfulness, defined as the ability to put the interests of the...

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A Tough Mind and a Tender Heart

Junior at Kent Meridian High School Dr. King says, “Life at its best is a creative synthesis of opposites in fruitful harmony.” Life is in a constant motion it isn’t all of something and nothing of something else. Life manages to present the most complex of situations...

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Democracy Schools

            The work for Democracy Schools calls all participants into the realm of “outside oneself.”  Most Westerners don’t desire to go there, or we hold little understanding of where “there” actually...

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