Oneness

Thich Nhat Hanh, the Zen teacher, died today at age 95. His teachings have been influential in my life for many years, from first seeing his mindful walking practice in Los Angeles, to visiting the temple where he trained in Vietnam, to reading the the latest work inspired by his teachings, “Happy Teachers Change the …

It’s Your Camino

I’ve written before about the Camino de Santiago, which is the journey thousands of pilgrims take every year to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Especially now, it feels like such journeys that build humanity are more important than ever. And even though we can’t all walk the Camino, one can join the peregrino community through the …

A family photo

I had a great time talking with my nana this winter break about my heritage on her side. She shared this photo of my second great-grand uncle, Jose Ruiz, who rode as a general in the Division del Norte with Pancho Villa during the Mexican Revolution. Ruiz deserted Villa and left the army, which created …

WWII: Poland 1939

When did World War II begin? Most people say September 1, 1939 with the Nazi invasion of Poland. Others say it was two days later when Britain and France declared war on Nazi Germany. There are even more possibilities to consider if you think about Pearl Harbor, Czechia, Austria, Albania, Ethiopia, and China. I spoke …