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Close to the Ground: Sisters Shouting at Gods

<em>Edit Article</em> Close to the Ground: Sisters Shouting at Gods

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I was raised to be a good girl. Embedded in this phrase was the admonition to never talk back to my elders, and I did OK until I was six years old. Then one summer Sunday, itching to go out to play, I asked to be excused from the formal dinner, and my father’s response was that I needed to stay at the table until he and my mother had finished their cigarettes. So I fixed him with a look of disgust and said, “Well, then, can I have a cigarette?”Things went downhill from there. By the time I was ten I had been labeled a troublemaker for my overactive mouth. This isn’t to say that things were all that troubling. My talking back to authority was so admired by the other kids at Loreto Convent School in Normanhurst, Australia, that they elected me school captain—a first, and probably a last, for an American kid. At university in the U.S., my parents looked away while I traded school terms for participation in protests against various forms of injustice. When my father finally sat me down to try to talk some sense into me, he ended up agreeing with me—and turning against the war in Vietnam. This was a huge shi …

Geri Larkin is spending the summer perfecting the fine art of painting temple walls.

About the Author

Geri Larkin is the founder and former head teacher of Still Point Zen Buddhist Temple, a Zen meditation center in the heart of inner-city Detroit. She is the author of many books including Stumbling Toward EnlightenmentBuilding a Business the Buddhist Way,Tap Dancing in ZenFirst You Shave Your Head, and The Still Point Dhammapada

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