January 27, 2017

A Jewish friend commented that she thinks of me as someone who is spiritual and told me she is surprised that we could be friends because she is not at all spiritual nor religious. So I am wondering why I am perceived as a spiritual person as I do not often speak or wr...

January 3, 2017

As I made my way to a national conference to do a workshop on Decolonization recently, I mentioned this to my 12-year old grandson and I asked him if he knew what this word means. To be free? he asked. Yes, I said, to be free from oppression.

When I embarked on doi...

December 28, 2016

Yesterday, this thought came unbidden while I was cleaning up the debris from the 6-week deck renovation project: I cannot believe in a world view that needs 800 military bases around the planet to uphold it.

Yes, the U.S. has that many military bases around the world....

October 8, 2016

Thank you for asking yesterday: How is your heart, dear Leny?

Do you know how rare it is that I get asked this question? And when you did, I got teary-eyed, just as I am tearing up now writing this. You see me; you are one of the few with this uncanny ability to know wh...

October 3, 2016

One of my students once said: Leny, in my mind I keep thinking and saying “I Love Nature” but I don’t feel it in my body, in my emotions, in my heart. I want to change that.

So one of the exercises I do in class is to tell the students to go outside and find a Tree and...

July 14, 2016

"Eros says: there is more to life than the life of the Mind. What about your body? Is your body intelligent? What does it know? Are you willing to learn what your body is saying? Are your emotions intelligent?"

How can I really claim that I am leaving academe if I’ve no...

March 19, 2016

I am about to retire from a small public university as a full professor. I’ve been here for more than twenty years and yet everyday I ask myself how I made it. Even after several books, journal articles, anthologies…even if younger scholars now ask to interview me for...

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