Category Archives: India

I Dig Your Mirth

In the late 1970s I lived in a rural university town where a significant number of people were thought of as hippies. They rejected prevailing bourgeois values and led back-to-the-land lifestyles. I respected their bold, independent ways and imagined myself … Continue reading

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Extremism At Its Finest

When Adolf Hitler and the Nazis rose to power in the 1930s, another radical social movement was gaining ground in the United States.  This movement had to flop, many believed, not only because the problem it addressed was so intractable, … Continue reading

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Learning From Lepers

One of the most gruesome and intriguing books I’ve ever read was written by a British physician who specialized in treating medical conditions commonly referred to as leprosy.  In The Gift of Pain, Dr. Paul Brand tells the poignant story … Continue reading

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The Competitive Urge

The competitive urge is a curious phenomenon.  At a social gathering in India, I recall teaching my neighbor’s eight-year-old son how to play the tabletop “football” game.  This involves each player taking turns pushing a coin across the table.  Getting … Continue reading

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