• I was asked recently to name my favorite novel about justice. My favorite novel about justice is Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. In the character of Jean Val jean Hugo shows how what…

  • To the Wife and Children

    ©2010 by Alice Walker Dear Ones, I realize you and your mother have been hurt and embarrassed by the infidelities and bizarre behaviors of your father. This is a common problem for many.…

  • Edwidge Danticat, the Quiet Stream

    ©2010 by Alice Walker All this time, silenced, speechless, grateful for my meditation cushion, I have been thinking about the writer, Edwidge Danticat, whose writing for me, so pure and grounded and wise,…

  • Mommy Is Not Pure!

    Garrett Larson, Mommy, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and Devaki Jain, Mommy and Daddie’s newest beloved friend! Christmas With His Holiness/Dharamsala, India, December 25, 2009 © 2009 by Lhamo Tsering The Chicken Chronicles…

  • Gandhi Samadhi

    The Chicken Chronicles Chapter Thirteen © 2009 by Alice Walker The elephant makes a gurgling sound, from the throat, on seeing his favorite mahout or owner. Similarly it may excrete dung, or urinate,…

  • Well Done – Obama and the Nobel Prize

    When I think of Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize, for which, after all, he didn’t audition, I think about that photograph of him with his feet up on a desk, and there’s…

  • A Few Monks Need a Cuddle Buddy

    A Few Monks Need a Cuddle Buddy©2009 by Alice Walker Having livedAs a monkMyself: I recognize us. Those long decadesOf soundlessTrekking throughThe squealingForests. Those pre-dawnMeditationsWhoseInsightsRamble onFor years. The young onesLeftBehind usabject:Their well aimedCursesHurledWith…

  • Dying

    DYING For those who with our taxes die of torture What is it likeDying?Is it likeSinkingInto a bathOf warmMilk? Is it likeLying nakedIn theSunThose firstTrulyWarmDaysOf SpringAfterA winterThatFrozeYour teeth? DyingI thinkCan beLike that.Above all,ItIs…