Letting Go of What We Know

October 13, 2017

My paternal grandparents both emigrated from Germany. Each arrived alone, a teenager carrying a single suitcase. Each, like so many immigrants coming to the United States today, left behind family, homeland, first language and the familiarity that now fills my own life as the air that I breathe and the inheritance my grandparents passed on […]

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Taking It Down: a sacred call for deconstructing oppression

June 7, 2017 | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

On June 2, 2017, over 300 people gathered in downtown Minneapolis on the grounds of the Walker Art Museum’s redesigned sculpture garden, not quite finished and not yet opened, to witness the ceremonial deconstruction of an installation titled “Scaffold.” Designed by artist Sam Durant, “Scaffold” was modeled after a gallows used to hang 38 Dakota […]

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Soul time, Sabbath time

May 29, 2017 | Tags: , , , , ,

broken pocket watch with no hands

Back when time had hands and a face and watches were wound daily, my grandfather fixed clocks and watches at an old wooden workbench at the back of his jewelry store. When I was about ten, he gave me a shoebox of old watch and clock parts – springs and gears as well as hands […]

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