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Present Time No. 108 

(Vol. 29 No. 3) July 1997


The cloud weeps, and then the garden sprouts.
The baby cries, and the mother's milk flows.
The nurse of creation has said,
Let them cry a lot.

This rain-weeping and sun-burning twine together to make us grow. Keep your intelligence white-hot and your grief glistening, so your life will stay fresh.
Cry easily like a little child.

a thirteenth-century Sufi poet

Table of Contents

  1. From the Editor
  2. Appreciations
  3. How to Subscribe

Feature Articles

  1. Proposed goals for the Communities, 1997
  2. Necessary! A trained personal assistant at any workshop where disabled people attend, anything less is oppressive thoughtlessne
  3. It's a choice now
  4. Recovering my roots (and building a Community) in the Philipines
  5. Learning to change the way I lead


  1. Being in charge during oral surgery
  2. Thinking about how to work, as well as working
  3. Thoughtful, determined re-emerging
  4. Relationship before help
  5. Spreading the thinking
  6. Carefully resuscitate the discharge process
  7. Strategizing re-emergence
  8. Meal-time Memories
  9. The Way
  10. No one is lazy
  11. Everyone is beautiful


  1. West Asians and Asian Identity
  2. Powerful elders
  3. Choosing one's attitude
  4. Asia and Me?
  5. Women thinking about, and offering leadership to, men
  6. Men's support group (led by a woman)
  7. Reviewing the dismal side of men's lives
  8. The need for English people to be liberated
  9. Asian heritage support group: rocking the boat
  10. A letter to Joanne Bray, RC International Liberation Reference Person for Catholics
  11. Supporting each other
  12. Taking initiative after fifty years of cowardice
  13. Now you try one
  14. Black/Jewish alliance
  15. A fresh look at men and women
  16. On the cloudiest day
  17. Do you have a middle-class client?
  18. All lawyers are good people or 'No more shark jokes'


  1. Palestinian women taking initiative
  2. The East Asian conference (Tokyo, Japan, May 2 to 5, 1997)
  3. The Japanese host community
  4. A senior Chinese leader reports
  5. The Philipino presence at the East Asian conference
  6. People who have lost partners
  7. Learning to organize translations
  8. Crossing boundaries and learning
  9. Opening up easily to new people
  10. Sure-footed on a narrow path
  11. Movement in Mauritius
  12. There are no 'good' patterns


  1. RC and social change
  2. Seeking Progress in Conservative Jerusalem
  3. Thinking and discharging - about work and unemployment
  4. Introducing a new international leader for the environment
  5. One possible way to weaken capitalist oppression: non-acceptance of inheritance
  6. Trying to deal with 'official' nonsense
  7. A talk to high school students, sponsered by the Asian Pacific Student Alliance
  8. Acting on a courageous decision


  1. A view from inside crime in England
  2. Reaching a great insight in the middle of a tough life

From the Mail

  1. Reports from Melphy
  2. Remembering my natural power
  3. Using one's profession to reach people
  4. Be cheered by our victory!
  5. Clay houses, Sweden, and South Africa
  6. Word gets around
  7. Recovering one's creativity
  8. Being rational in politics
  9. Surviving in a collapsing society
  10. Learning from a different culture
  11. Being human being Jewish being human
  12. I've been good, I am effective. Now I want a full life
  13. Many lovely experiences
  14. Giving up leadership and starting over
  15. Smashed by the oppression and fighting my way back
  16. Everywhere and whenever possible

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