Outside the Circle

Cindy Milstein

The Light Held Within Thin Silences

I stumbled across a phrase the other day that struck my fancy: a “thin silence.” The definition given was this: “a silence, but not a thick and solid one, rather … Continue reading

May 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

An Open Heart Points Beyond Itself

A dear real-life friend of mine wrote the following on their Facebook page yesterday, and it really touched me. This dilemma feels key to us staying put, and staying human, … Continue reading

May 16, 2015 · 1 Comment

Taking Our Own Good Time to Die

In three days from now, two years ago, my dad would die. He needed to die, nine months after contracting the West Nile Virus that put him in a state … Continue reading

May 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

What Spring Brings

Two years ago today, I moved my dad to the intimate, caring community where, eight days later, his breath would gently wind down to stillness on May 16: his own … Continue reading

May 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Body Count / Bodies Count

I’ve been back in the Bay for 4 days, after a 2-short trip to see family, including to mingle with the ghosts of dead family, and have already gone to … Continue reading

April 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Art of Remembering, Which Is Also the Art of Seeing This World of Pain and Love

Too many people avert their eyes to the pain of this world. As a friend of mine pointed out the other day, it’s a “natural” response; pain hurts, so people … Continue reading

March 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Gifts on (No Love for Cops and Condos) Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day gift #1: new sticker, now on my computer; #2: people who struggle with warmth and dignity against the coldness of this world. Valentine’s Day gift #3: elegant tiny … Continue reading

February 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

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