With fists, with words, with kindness
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Jane Ratcliffe’s work has appeared in New England Review, Longreads, and O: The Oprah Magazine. She lives in Ypsilanti, Michigan, with two cats and one dog, and she hopes someday to own thousands of acres so she can give all stray animals a safe home.
Jessica and I periodically take walks together. Her small dog, Ortiz, sometimes joins us. He spends his days eating shoes, peeing on the carpet, and jumping the backyard fence. But no matter where we go, I notice that he always knows the way home.
In Tibetan the word for “heart” and “mind” is the same because it is believed that the mind is located in the heart, not the brain, where we Westerners place it. It was a notion I quite liked but didn’t know what to do with on a daily operating basis that summer.