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  •  They are outside our local grocery chain store (3+ / 0-)
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    VeloVixen, OhioNatureMom, 4Freedom

    When I was a kid, we'd see them at the holidays in NYC in front of major dept. stores and it was part of the experience of being in the city at that time. We kids would always want to drop the change into the kettle, it was a game. Our elders were always polite and respectful and reminded us of our good fortune at having food and shelter and family. Otherwise, doctrinal issues had no part to play. Different now, and also not.

    Here in NC, outside the Harris Teeter, one greeted me very politely a couple of days before Thanksgiving and I thought, oh, they are going to be here every day now until's gotten to be like all the other annoying and overwhelming holiday junk, including the music. I have passed them by each time including last night, uncomfortable with their doctrine. At the same time, there they are, out in the cold, and I feel deeply my own aversion and judgement. There is a human being there. So I try to be polite and friendly - even if I am not going to give them anything.

    You get what you deserve, even if you don't deserve it (Issan Dorsey, Zen teacher)

    by kayak58 on Thu Nov 29, 2012 at 06:23:10 AM PST

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