I have had bits and pieces of this conversation with Jessica over the last few years and each time, I have felt something inside me shift and change. Some of this is the specifics of what Jessica is sharing — how we hold the pre-emergent life of a child-before-birth and…


Throughout the 1980s, during my 20s, I lived in England. Bristol, to be exact. I remember walking with a friend, someone about ten years older than me. It was a happy sunny day. I remember skipping down the sidewalk, a horizon of Victorian buildings and winding streets laid out in…


I remember the first time that I learned about the buddy system as a part of organizing. It was during a five-day training held by Training for Change , maybe 12 or 13 years ago. On the first day, they paired us up with someone to be our buddy. Then…


A reading of this blog post that supports the practice below is on my website which is listed at the bottom.

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I am going to share a teaching with you, something I learned from I had started to disappear before she had her stroke. My mind made up all…


I love to tell my daughter stories about Catholic saints and Catholic history. Across all of our lines, our people have been Catholic, Catholic, Catholic. So far I haven’t been able to find anyone across any of our lines who thought the Protestant Reformation was worth converting for. Italian Catholics…


glass, at the moment of impact, as it begins to shatter

Hello, friends. About two months ago, I was invited to create a webinar/an offering for the Embodying Social Justice gathering. When we realized that my schedule and their live recording schedules didn’t line up, they invited me to create something ahead of time. I ended up doing a two-hour workshop…


One of the psychological manipulations of generations of capitalism is its tight hold that tells us: shhh, it doesn’t matter how much you have…. Shhhh….. Be wary….you will never have enough to be safe.

It’s there in most of us, no matter where we fall on the political spectrum. It’s…


coronavirus, image from naked science

Contradictions. Even if the name-changing coronovirus becomes a sweeping pandemic, most folks reading this will range between not feeling sick at all (even though you test positive for the virus) to having fevers and aches like the flu. Like all viruses, this is not an equal-opportunity attack. So far, men…


Since writing this piece a year ago, I have learned so much more. Gratitude to the many who have shared your stories and memories. I have added a paragraph to the bottom of this piece, reflecting on the learning…

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I am writing about cultural memories and stories, many of…


oak tree branch drawing from The Comparative Anatomy of Trunks, 1675

Here is how it should be: as we are born and grow older, we learn ways to talk about and experience what is happening within our skin as well as what is happening outside of us. Education, we all know, should support us to experience life, ours and what surrounds…

Susan Raffo

Thinking about the healing in justice and the justice in healing. www.susanraffo.com

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