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September 21, 2011

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jill i

I love this reminder. I recently met (and just blogged about) a Cambodian refugee in Seattle who now has a successful restaurant, who, although he endured and witnessed horrible acts of cruelty, ends his book by saying everyone on the planet is connected, and we all need to remember this, forgive, and respect each other.

Kenzie

I first learned about Saint Francis through the Franco Zeffirelli film Brother Sun Sister Moon, which really highlights the earthy connectedness that Saint Francis taught. I'm glad to be learning more about him through you, because he is a great example of a bodhisattva.

In my own life, just sitting with the dog next to me while I type is a great reminder of the joy of connectedness! It's a good place to start, I guess.

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