This is an incredibly important document for the human rights movement connected to international adoption. Please read, share and educate yourself on the realities of what lies behind the many, many adoption agency ads.

TRACK

You may now download the TRACK-KoRoot-KUMFA-Dandelions joint NGO submission to the U.N. Universal Periodic Review, “Monitoring South Korean Intercountry and Domestic Adoption From a Human Rights Perspective,” which we submitted earlier in April.

The UPR is one of the key elements of the new U.N. Human Rights Council which reminds States of their responsibility to fully respect and implement all human rights and fundamental freedoms. Read more about the UPR process.


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A challenge.

At home packing for my templestay at Musang-sa in the mountains around Gyeryong.

Here is the schedule.

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10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – special ceremony chanting
11:30 to 12 p.m. – ceremony dharma talk (Korean)
12 p.m. – lunch
1:30 p.m. — sitting meditation
4:30 – dinner
6 – 6:45 — evening chanting
7 – 7:40 — long sitting
9 p.m. — sleep / extra practice

3 a.m. — Do Ryang Sok, Wake up
3:25 — 108 bows
4 – 4:25 — morning chanting
4:40 – 6 — morning sitting
6:05 — breakfast
6:30 – 7:20 — work period
7:30 — house meeting
10 – 11 a.m. — rice offering
11:10 — lunch

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Hummmm…

No need to say more.

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I love me.

Speaking of Daeun… She handed me this note today before class.

I'm not quite sure where the mermaid comes in... that was definitely NOT what my plain shirt looked like!

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Capiche?

This is Daeun. She came to my school about a month ago and I wasn’t sure how we were going to get on as she reminded me of someone: Me. I smelled payback time and was afraid.

"I'm going to sing you a love song now."

Since then I have grown to love this firecracker and expect her pithy comments. I can’t write down the anecdotes fast enough actually. ^^

Today was a stellar day because we went on a field trip to the site of an important fort in the 16th century. We skipped, pointed out possible snake holes, wore flowers behind our ears, sang songs at an obnoxious decibel level, pretended to be decrepit fairy godmothers with stick canes etc. Just as we were getting ready to go watch a short video about the history of the place, Daeun and Eric started pretending to eat the wall. Yup. When I asked them how it tasted Daeun replied, “like kimchi.” O_o? I must have shown my confusion because Daeun waited a second and then said “Capiche?” HA HA HA. “WHATT?” I said. “Where did you learn that word Daeun?” She smiled at me and said “My brother said to me ‘capiche’ so I said ‘caposh.’ ”

While I was still trying to wrap my brain around that one, we filed into the room and watched a video about the Koreans fighting the Japanese with canons and automatic arrow shooting weapons… I was a bit worried about the kids with the violence depicted when Daeun turns around and asks me: “Why are they fighting?” Not sure how to formulate an answer to that question regarding most wars, I certainly didn’t know how to break it down into one sentence for a 6 year old. “That’s a good question” I replied. Daeun thinks. “Maybe they stole something.” (…) “Like Captain Hook.” And then she turns around to continue watching with a look on her face that revealed more things were brewing in that marvelous brain of hers: just waiting to jump out at unexpected moments.

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This woman is full of all kinds of sense. Always glad to read her blog and this one is particularly pertinent for what is going on in the US right now.

Dr. Jen Gunter

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has polarized many people (if you are among the 3% that don’t believe me, check out the responses on my post Cancer v. The Constitution). While I am the first to admit the law isn’t perfect (for example, lack of accountability from insurers and providers regarding charges and cost of care), the legislation does contain many good things (e.g. health insurance for all, no pre-existing conditions, and no co-payment for vaccinations).

I believe than an imperfect law that sets us on the right course (affordable care for all) is better than our current health care system. Let’s not forget that even the constitution wasn’t perfect at birth, hence all those amendments I learned about studying for my citizenship test. The fact that a piece of legislature might need some fine tuning down the road is not a new concept and is surely something we can…

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transient beauty

My life isn’t this hurtling hour,

in which you see me scuttling.

I am a tree, standing in front of so much…

I am the pause between two notes

that may somehow always be out of harmony

because Death’s note wants to win-

But in the dark interval

they reconcile, trembling.

And the Song remains beautiful.

 

Rilke, “Mein Leben ist nicht diese steile Stunde”

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Eliot.

APRIL is the cruellest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain. – T.S. Eliot

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