The Best Day of My Life

The second equinox hangs in the air, suggesting balance between dark and light. As the earth rotates through its even-handedness I am preparing to take a short break from the whitest metropolitan area in the wealthiest nation to visit a region infamous for the systematic murder of racial, religious, and other minorities: Central Europe. Our long time friend M will be joining G and me while we are stationed in Vienna, the birthplace of Alfred P. Adler, my university’s namesake and Jewish refugee who moved to the U.S. in the 1930s in anticipation of the horrors of the emerging fascist regime. The equinox paired with Adler’s principles of gemeinschaftsgefhül—roughly, we as humans are whole within our community—create a useful framework for me to wrap my journey. Lately I’ve been feeling the need to find balance in myself as a part of my community amidst its extremes.
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Reflections on the Longest Nights

It has been so difficult to settle on a theme these last few weeks as we transition through the end of one year and into the beginning of the next. So many events have presented themselves to the news, society, and to me personally that warrant a bit of air space for public reflection. But in the backdrop of it all has been the solstice season. It seems especially important that the message is relevant. But what is the message?
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