Feb 10, 2014— Every human being is locked in one kind of prison or another…

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My spiritual practice has created opportunities for me to teach meditation in the prison system of the United States – in places where inmates can’t escape the dreadful reality of day-to day living.  There’s nowhere for them to run and hide.  Something must be done every day to transform a nightmarish world into a life of value.

This has brought up numerous other thoughts: almost every human being is locked in one kind of prison or another.  Whether it’s a mental ...

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No Good to Anyone, Any more.

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Augustine and his girlfriend Neila were sitting together at the rim of the Washington Square fountain. It was noon.

“I’ve been in an old age home since nine o’clock this morning,” Neila said to Augustine.  “My acting teacher wants me to study the habits of old people for a scene.”

She had spent two and one half-hours talking to eighty and ninety year old patients, to geriatric counselors and psychiatrists.  She didn’t learn much, till an old lady named Mrs. Steinbach, told ...

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Feb 5. 2014

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It’s a quiet day, a snowy day, and white on white surrounds my house, and reminds me that there’s just as much to discover in solitude as in the noise of city living.  Every person I love lives in my heart; and then there are those who I haven’t had the pleasure to meet as yet, and those who have given me trouble in my life; and in the deep solitude of a snowy day, they all find a place ...

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Stuart Perrin, author of Little Sisters about Human Trafficking

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When children (no matter what their nationality, ethnicity or religion) are forced to become sex slaves or are kidnapped so that their kidneys can be surgically removed and sold on the black market, the entire world must take responsibility.

Stuart Perrin author of Little Sisters; recently shares the back story to this incredible book as a guest on Simple Life Radio hosted by Cynthia Fernandes. Listen now to the podcast recorded Jan 25, 2014 from 4 to 5 p.m. on ...

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The Significance of My Name by Ania Devi Perrin

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My daughter Ania composed this essay about the significance of her name.  I think it is wonderful and wanted to share it with you.

My name came to my father as he walked the streets of New York City. “Ania Devi, that is her name,” was whispered softly into his ear, and he nodded to himself with the realization that I would live up to my name, someday. He came home to my impregnated mother and told her he knew what ...

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NEW YORK CITY MOMENTS ~ The Mirror

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One must write without thinking about forms,
and just because it pours
freely from one’s soul.
– Anton Chekhov – The Seagull

decalcomania-1966(1).jpg!xlSmallIt was early one autumn morning, after a restless night’s sleep, when Augustine, a twenty-two year old student at Hunter College, looked into the bathroom mirror, and it reflected his naked body without a face. Regardless of how long he studied ...

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Wisdom and Compassion

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Wisdom and compassion are not just words that sound good in a book.  They are living principles that you and I must cultivate in order to fulfill our humanity.  There’s no room for wisdom in people that that rely on ego, persona, will and tension to force their way through life no matter how intelligent they are or what they think of themselves.  Wisdom is an outgrowth of love, joy, an open heart, and the ability to allow Higher Energy ...

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The Piano Man (In a Harlem Jazz Club)

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Augustine listened to the piano man’s guttural voice sing the blues.  The noisy smoke filled room was silenced by the power of his words and the complicated riffs he played – a driving life force that lifted him to another realm of understanding.  The audience cheered when the music ended; the piano man continued to finger keys, some harmonic and some atonal.  A drummer joined him, so did a bass player, and a wild-eyed young man of about twenty, hair ...

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