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The cushion in the road : meditation and wandering as the whole world awakens to being in harm's way

Author: Alice Walker
Publisher: New York : The New Press, 2013.
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This volume includes essays and meditations, (many of them previously unpublished) revisiting themes the author, a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, poet, essayist, and activist has addressed throughout her career, exploring her conflicting impulses to retreat into inner contemplation and to remain deeply engaged with the world: racism, Africa, solidarity with the Palestinian people, the presidential campaign of  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alice Walker
ISBN: 9781595588722 1595588728 9781595589866 1595589864
OCLC Number: 807025097
Description: xii, 365 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Witness. On Barack Obama. Lest we forget: an open letter to my sisters who are brave ; What I want: compassion as a value ; May whatever we have gained, not be lost ; Finally it is here: election day ; Dear Brother President (elect) ; What do I expect from this turn of the historical wheel ; A letter to President Obama about torture ; Understanding health care ; Well done, Obama and the Nobel Prize ; For what it's worth: some thoughts on war, disappointment, and anger ; Why war is never a good idea. --
The Road of Life. Human sunrise ; Introducing the Ojibwa warrior ; A wedding ceremony: marrying good men ; Coming to Mississippi ; Saying good-bye to my friend Howard Zinn ; On The Help ; Honoring Cicely Tyson ; We are in this place for a reason ; Listening to Howie: the optimism of uncertainty. --
Meditation. The Settled Mind. Milagros de las vida turtles ; Facing la madre ; Giving, as generously as the Earth ; Seeking counsel from Diego and Frida ; Hitting the mark ; The victory belongs to love: so what about marriage? ; The clarity ; Overwhelm ; Queen snows ; All the stars ; The killing of Troy Davis ; The G in "Ode to Joy" ; Frozen river is a moving surprise ; May I be frank ; ¡Nadie te quita lo bailado! ; Loving audiobooks but not the segregation of books and literature ; At sea on the audacity of hope ; Stubborn flowers climbing ; Windows: discovering Uri Avnery ; Reclaiming the cross. --
"This is What You Shall Do". A recipe for difficult times: anxiety soup ; Everyone's a victim ; Sisterloss ; We are remembered for what we teach ; Edwidge Danticat, the quiet stream ; More meditation required! ; "We believe" by Staughton and Alice Lynd ; The inner listener ; From grandmother's horse ; Free dogs and the Albany Bulb Waterfront Park ; Ending the age of waste ; The case of Bradley Manning ; Evolution ; Bursting into love ; Life lessons: gratitude is my only prayer. --
Wandering. The universe belongs to everyone ; 12 questions: Korean women's soul questions ; Adopting an orphanage ; Coming to see you since I was five years old: an American poet's connection to the South African soul ; St. John: the Lennonono Grant for Peace ceremony ; About Aung San Suu Kyi, meditator and teacher. --
Solidarity. Letters. A letter from Alice Walker to Aung San Suu Kyi ; A letter about nature from 2005 ; An open letter to Nawal El Saadawi ; To whom it may concern: with special attention to the prime minister, attorney general, and speaker of the Knesset in Israel. --
On Palestine. We can offer what we are ; Boycotts must happen in the heart ; "You will have no protection" ; What changes the world? Bearing witness to the truth ; Nothing is stronger than a circle ; The peace of nonviolent resistance ; Auntie, I simply can't imagine it! ; And so our trails continue ; Overcoming speechlessness ; Empathy is a wave ; To the freedom riders of Palestine ; The sanity of friendship. --
Onward. Encountering the unknown Brazil.
Other Titles: Essays.
Responsibility: Alice Walker.

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This volume includes essays and meditations, (many of them previously unpublished) revisiting themes the author, a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, poet, essayist, and activist has addressed throughout her career, exploring her conflicting impulses to retreat into inner contemplation and to remain deeply engaged with the world: racism, Africa, solidarity with the Palestinian people, the presidential campaign of Barack Obama, Cuba, health care, and the work of Aung San Suu Kyi.

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