Archive for March 20th, 2010



Today is one of only two days in the year when day and night are of equal length. For me, the day symbolizes the idea of balance.

Applying the analogy of the solar year to Jordan Brown’s plight and the impacts it is having on his small Western Pennsylvania community, it seems to me that we are at a point where darkness and light have momentary parity on the progression towards the dominance of light. There are signs all around, some of them as yet hidden from public view, that bright truth will eventually triumph over dark deception.

In invoking this analogy, I do not mean to imply that people on either side of the question of Jordan’s innocence or guilt are the agents of either darkness or light; we all share the same sunlight and starlight. Only what each of us chooses to do with the light available to us places us in one adversarial camp or the other—or not.

If you have been following the comments to the Diary entries, you will see that people close to Kenzie’s parents’ family have begun posting comments here.

This is a welcome development, and I am thankful for it. These people are not the enemy. They are victims, too, and they’re doing their best to cope with a horrific situation for which no one could ever have been prepared. They—as well Chris Brown and Jordan and the people close to them—deserve respect and understanding.

One of Jordan’s supporters e-mailed me last night to say that the tone of comments on this blog is more “quiet” than other blogs where the tone is more hateful and incendiary. This pleases me.

It will continue to be my goal to provide an “hospitable space” where all people of goodwill—whether they believe in Jordan’s innocence or guilt—can work together to make the best of a bad situation.


One of my neighbors and best friends–a Native American shamen–called to wish me a happy Equinox. We had a long conversation in the course of which he shared that he had taken this day as an opportunity to attempt to resolve an ongoing dispute with his sister–in his words, “to place his feather on the positive side of the scale.” He said that, in keeping with his traditional beliefs, he apologized to his sister for his side of their dispute so that they could begin communicating with one another again.

I wanted to share this, not only because of the coincidence of his call having come so soon after I had just posted this entry, but as an example of how reconciliation and balance can be an outcome of this day in anyone’s life.