Time in the Real World

by Larissa Keeler

In the flurry of dozens of goodbye hugs before going home, I said to one Friend, “Well, I guess it’s back to the real world now.” He answered, “Oh no, no. This is the real world. The rest of life is what’s not real.” I had to agree.

The Western Young Friends New Years Gathering exists in its own special time. To get there, we pack ourselves tight into cars with sleep bags and snacks, and we travel to the real world.

The night before leaving for the gathering this year, I got a call from one of the people that I would be carpooling with. When I asked him where I should pick him up, he answered, “I live on 10th and University in Berkeley.” “Wait!” I said, “That’s where I live!” This Friend and I had been living two houses away from each other for months without knowing it. I wonder how many gifts surround us that we fail to notice. The next day, the Quaker love began. On the ride up, we ate peppermint chocolate left over from Christmas, sang at the top of our lungs to the radio, and flew to another land. Read More

March/April 2014 Western Friend

Time, History, and the Eternal Now

by Anthony Manousos

the tree thing

by eric maya joy

Time in the Real World

by Larissa Keeler

On This Earth

by Clifford Pfeil

Taking Time to Ask, “Why?”

by Sarah Tarver-Wahlquist

Charting Our Way

an interview with Tockhwock (aka Geoffrey Kaiser),
author of “The Chart” which depicts the Quaker family tree

Pages for All Ages!

Puzzles, Fun, and a Story about Helping in Hospitals

A Short History of Ben Lomond Quaker Center

reviewed by Paul Niebanck

The Art of Small Resurrections

reviewed by Lillian Henegar

99 Tactics of Successful Tax Resistance Campaigns

reviewed by Elizabeth Boardman