A Begging Bowl of Tears

Written 4/15/14 and published in Inquiring Mind [http://www.inquiringmind.com] I am now walking and taking modest hikes . Linoleum cut on Combat Paper by Caitlin O'Donnell, my daughter For months, I lived on a crimson corduroy couch in the living room of our Victorian house in Berkeley, California. In a fall from a ten-foot ladder, I’d slammed into the floor and broken both of my heels. Save forays in a wheelchair, I was confined to this couch in our second-floor home, sixteen non-negotiable steps up from the street. Much as I tried, I couldn’t sustain focus on the ups and downs in the lives of friends or the wars and hungers around the globe. My thoughts and conversations devolved to the

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