His Holiness Rizong Rinpoche

Interesting People I Have Known Born in 1928 in Ladakh– an area of Northern India sandwiched between Pakistan and China– Rinpoche was recognized and enthroned as the reincarnation of a high lama at birth, and has dedicated his entire life to spiritual practice. He joined Drepung Loseling Monastery in Lhasa, in the mid-1940's, where he […]

Memorial Day: What Did You Do In the War, Great-Great Gran’daddy?

Political Correctness and the Confederate Dead  I have to go back a long, long way to find a military hero in my family. Silvers are famous for shootin' off their mouths, but when it comes to guns, um, not so much. I had an uncle in the Navy during WWII, but what he did thereafter […]

Dhubthob Rinpoche, Tibetan Buddhist Monk

Dhubthob Rinpoche, Tibetan Buddhist Monk

Interesting People I Have Known He had been living the quiet life of the ascetic in a remote monastery in Tibet when the Communist Chinese invaded in 1959 and threw him in prison with all the other monks as subversive. A group of monks held in the same prison went to their captors and pleaded […]

A Light Shines on St. Patrick’s Day

Saint Patrick's day is never over until I pay homage to my Irish ancestors. My great-great-grandfather Patrick McCabe was born on March 17, 1840, the patriarch of our clan.    March 17, 2006. After a day of celebration in downtown Savannah, I ended St Patrick's Day at the gravesite of my Irish ancestors in Catholic Cemetery as […]