Category Archives: Religion and Spirituality

The 2020 Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival: A Roundup

One of Bosnia-Herzegovina’s great charms, and great sources of pride, is its incredible pool of talented actors and filmmakers. I’ve written here before of my love of extraordinary films like Jasmila Žbanić’s “Grbavica,” Aida Begić’s “Snijeg” (“Snow”), Srđan Vuletić’s “Hop, … Continue reading

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Long Live the King

It’s hard to put into words what Chadwick Boseman’s massive talent and radiant light have meant to me, my family, and my students. In 42, Boseman brought Jackie Robinson to life for today’s youth in one of the best baseball … Continue reading

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Beirut in Ruins and Rage

Still reeling from the news, images, and stories from Beirut, I’ve been watching the films of Lebanese filmmaker and actor Nadine Labaki. Her latest is “Capernaum” (2018), winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes. I’ve taught and written about … Continue reading

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Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Last year at this time, I was teaching at the Global Citizens Youth Summit in Tokyo about the idea of “memory as a moral compass,” with special reference to case studies from the history of Japan. Featured prominently in my … Continue reading

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The Sources of Our Strength

One of the reasons I’ve been writing about — and through — my struggle with cancer is that it reminds me that I’m not alone: I’m not alone in the life-giving sense that so many people are pulling for me, … Continue reading

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Soul Food

My doctors warned me that the stretch following the first round of chemo could be rough, and they were right. These last few days I’ve been just slammed with exhaustion and nausea, lying in bed all day. It’s been miserable, … Continue reading

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Starting the Conversation

In recent months I’ve been looking inward, trying to get answers about what’s wrong with my body and health, and how I can relieve some of its distress. Surgery and chemotherapy — especially in my very fortunate case — are … Continue reading

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Comic Relief

In recent posts I’ve been writing about the grief, fear, sadness, and anger that can grip up us all when we live in a chaotic, hostile world, and I’ve been exploring what holds the power to soothe and recenter us. … Continue reading

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What’s Raging Inside

In recent days and in recent posts, I’ve been reflecting a lot on living with sadness and fear. I’ve also felt relief, elation, and profound gratitude as my prognosis has improved dramatically and loved ones have surrounded me with astonishing … Continue reading

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Brace Yourself

It’s been just a week since my surgery for cancer, and I can hardly believe how good I feel. Anxiety and dread, however, are starting to crowd out some of the elation and relief about how smoothly the surgery went … Continue reading

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