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From Taiwan to Iowa: Dr. Ayako Huang

From Taiwan to Iowa: Dr. Ayako Huang

I recently met Dr. Ayako Huang. I was so impressed by her joyful brightness, her calm, her purposefulness and her intelligence, that I asked for an interview on her life and goals. Ayako, whose life followed a unique path from Taiwan to Iowa, is currently the Director...

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Having Trouble Meditating?

Having Trouble Meditating?

I was at a tender age—19—when I first considered meditation. I didn’t know anyone who meditated or at least didn’t know anyone who’d told me that they meditated. It didn’t occur to me that there were books about meditation that I could read, and anyway I...

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Listening to Others, Listening to Ourselves

Listening to Others, Listening to Ourselves

“Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force.... When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand.” - Brenda Ueland, author and writing coach When I was a teenager, my friends and I didn’t spend much of our free time with parents. But...

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A Mother’s Greatest Gift

A Mother’s Greatest Gift

My mother gave me many gifts. She passed on her love of gardening, her joy in simple acts like arranging wildflowers or listening to the song of the cardinal, and the pleasure of reading a book. She taught me how to turn the other cheek when wronged, how to “go high”...

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Friends and Daughters: Women Share Experience

Friends and Daughters: Women Share Experience

A friend, also named Janet, who I’ve known since we were teens in the Bronx, recently sent me this photo. I don’t know where she had it stashed but she came upon it and was touched to see us together—not just together with each other—but together with our parents as...

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