j.jill

Still seeking to meet Trust where She stands, J.Jill embraces service as key to gratitude and balance in life. She feels most serene in freshwater woodlands and has shared space-time on terrain of her Ligurian and Oscan ancestors. Today, after over thirty years of service in children’s programs, secondary, university and adult education, she accepts and offers unpredictable life-gifts on the Matinecock-Algonquin earth of Long Island.

A View from Breakfast.

In February 2021, I went out to breakfast with a friend of mine whose husband died after a long illness. We refreshed the friendship after years of living, picking up the bittersweet pieces of life’s joys and tragedies with the…

April 24: The Peace and Fraternity March – Assisi, Italy

There are many countries that understand and will celebrate April 25, 2022 – Liberation Day. It is a designated day marking the beginning of the end of Nazi-Fascism. Today, April 22 is Earth Day, an awareness moment celebrated globally in…

Humanists Interconnected: Why Their Stories Matter

On a school trip to Central Italy in April 2014, I met Italian film director Paolo Bianchini, who together with Paola Rota, create and produce artistic, meaningful films full of social value with their enterprise, Alveare Cinema. These films of…

The “Other Side” of the Story: Combatants for Peace

When we pick up a newspaper or turn on a television news broadcast, more often than not, information focuses on conflict, violence, disaster. Nationally and internationally, it seems an increasing number of broadcasts and publications skew focus and create confusion…

Heeding Nature’s Ways

    ESSAY     By Jacqui Jill In a quiet neighborhood, in a not-so-different town, a grandfather told his grandson a story that he would always remember as he grew. The six-year-old possessed an unusual curiosity for everything and…

Changing the World by Making Friends

This week in the midst of television news with the continued horrors of gun violence, the various definitions of “freedom” from right to left, and the realization of its nonexistence in the middle of contention, demands, ratings, and a mule-headedness…

Listen to the Children!

It is said that pictures are worth a thousand words, and this is, of course true. Yet, in these months of COVID, when children have been deprived of their “life as usual”, parents, teachers, our friends and neighbors have taken…

Unearthing History Unchecked: November 1917

A good friend of mine in Rome, Italy sent me this blog article which struck me in a particular way during this time. In disbelief, I witness the rise of “privileged” defiance, self-absorption—the criticizing, threatening, exclusion of different voices. I…

Science & The Arts: A Call for Climate Action to the Global Community

Six years ago, I was in search of meaningful, inspirational films for my high school Italian class. A series of contacts allowed me to meet a powerhouse couple in Rome, Italy during a planned school trip. Paolo Bianchini and Paola…

Global Days of Listening and Innovation in Education 2020

Noted entertainer and founder of an effective method of communicating, Alan Alda is quoted as saying, “Listening is being able to be changed by the other person”. In dual celebration of the International Day of Peace and the tenth anniversary…

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