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About Jennifer Read HawthorneMeeting My Father
November 5, 2015

        My father was killed six weeks before I was born. He was on his way home from his job at the Exxon refinery in Baton Rouge when a truck driver ran a red light and hit the motor scooter he was driving. He died instantly.

It was November 5, 1947, and every year on this date, I think of him and feel the pain of not having asked my mother more about him while she was alive. But two things have happened in recent years that revealed much.
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About Jennifer Read HawthorneThe Source
September 13, 2015

        It should be clear by now that I am a great fan of the mystical poets. And right now, I’m reluctant to turn the page on my Rumi calendar to September—August’s poem is too delicious. I’ll share it in a moment, but here’s why this poem is so significant for me...
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About Jennifer Read HawthorneThe Richness of Not Wanting
August 17, 2015

        As I walked through the Orlando/Sanford airport this morning, I noticed numerous signs letting us passengers know that we were getting closer and closer to the Alpha Shops—a group of duty-free stores ranging from Clinique to Gucci. I also noticed an absence within me of any impulse to enter a single shop (this from a former shopping queen)...
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About Jennifer Read HawthorneEffect and Cause
December 1, 2014

        In Western cultures there is a belief that we do something—and a result happens. Cause and effect, we say.

Several years ago, when I had the privilege of sitting with Ramesh Balsekar, the great proponent of the spiritual philosophy Advaita Vedanta, I asked him about the law of cause and effect.
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About Jennifer Read HawthorneLast Day
November 1, 2014

        Two weeks ago today, the parents of a very close friend of mine, whom I knew well in my home town of Baton Rouge, were rear-ended in what turned out to be a terrible car accident. My friend’s . . . read more

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About Jennifer Read HawthorneThe Subject Tonight is Love
October 21, 2014

        Today is my 24th wedding anniversary. Well, sort of. It is the day I married my husband 24 years ago. It’s also the day we got divorced 11 years ago. But we always celebrate, because the day we got married was one of the happiest days of our lives. And we didn’t want to throw away our . . . read more

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About Jennifer Read HawthorneDestiny Points
October 1, 2014

        Someone recently asked me why I do what I do. It started one morning as I was walking to work from my Dupont Circle apartment to downtown Washington, D.C. A thought arose: There . . . read more