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Why I teach at a private school

Spring semester of 2021, I taught for a few months at St. Michael’s High School, a Catholic school in my area as well as a private one. The following summer, I got an offer to switch to Santa Fe Prep, another independent school in my area, this one secular.  At the time of my transition,… Continue reading Why I teach at a private school

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Spiritual resume

JACKSON HOLZBERG BUCKLEY Seeking bliss, wholeness, and equanimity Experience: 1991-present: Deeply consider experience to produce wisdom. Attempt to discern and live by values. Regularly connect to beyond and, through this connection, encounter wellsprings of devotion. Endeavor always to stay attuned. Universe's origin-1991: Previous incarnations as Buddhist, psychologist, wizard, and other forms. Some incarnations more generative… Continue reading Spiritual resume

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Human design and the ephemerality of giving

While staying with a friend recently, I offered to buy her a meal or some groceries in order to repay for my stay. In response she affirmed, “Your presence itself is a gift.” While this sentiment felt beautiful to receive, it has also been difficult to believe in my internal evaluation. All my life, I… Continue reading Human design and the ephemerality of giving

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The west need not be saved

In 2013, the summer after graduating from college, I read the Tao Te Ching. In the edition I picked up from the library, the preface began by making a startling claim: between eastern and western philosophies, the latter was simply wrong.  As someone who’d minored in philosophy while in college, this claim rattled my presuppositions,… Continue reading The west need not be saved

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What do you mean, Ukraine? — Reflections on J. Glenn Gray’s “The Warriors”

Early on in J. Glenn Gray’s “The Warriors: Reflections on Men in Battle,” Gray relates the following significant anecdote about his time spent stationed in Italy during World War II: In a free hour one day I climbed one of the nearby hills of the Apennines and got off by myself in the late afternoon… Continue reading What do you mean, Ukraine? — Reflections on J. Glenn Gray’s “The Warriors”