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Re: “The two faces of Bo Lozoff

I have read the article and full transcript of Matt Saldanas interview with Bo and Sita Lozoff and Catherine Miller. I am shocked and absolutely puzzled at the purpose of the Independent newspaper publishing the twisted, lie-filled article The two faces of Bo Lozoff. Even though I feel compelled to comment innumerable times on Matt Saldanas obvious inaccurate reporting of what he claims as the truth, choosing to dig up a few persons to quote who have led their own lives into dismal quandary and feel compelled to blame someone else, and Saldanas time and again revealing that he obviously hasnt researched the subject matter very well and doesnt have a clue what he is talking about, (Miracle of Love, by Richard Alpert, known to some as Ram Dass, is no more a biography than Saldana is a trustworthy journalist) I must try to keep my comments brief so as to make the actual honest facts I have to offer clear. I am a 65 year old, former prisoner caused by the error of my own ways, now reformed, who managed to scrape together bus fare to North Carolina where Bo Lozoff drove 35 miles in a used economy car to come and pick me up after I had been accepted to live at Kindness House long enough to get on my feet, regain my health while learning to live a respectable life of service to others. I lived and worked there with Kevin Dessert and Bruce Thomas, among others. I got to know both of those men very well and I personally find it difficult to believe they told the lies about Bo and Kindness House of which Saldana made claim. Perhaps thats simply more of the twisting and exaggerating that makes up the entire article. Dessert and Thomas are both much younger than myself and having suffered (and caused others to suffer) years of abuse and violence, they are still trudging toward recovery. I trust they will both find their way to a clearer understanding of life and how to live their own as they grow up. The charges of Bo or Catherine, or anyone at Kindness House, of bullying or intimidating residents are the most ridiculous claims I have ever heard. Kevin and I were both caught breaking rules and we were never kicked out, nor was anyone else. No one was ever threatened or ridiculed, indeed, as misfits being led to live a peaceful, constructive life for a change, we were tolerated, time and time again. Again, I am puzzled as to why Saldana and the Independent didnt choose to interview or quote the many, many former residents who would gladly stand behind these actual facts that I offer to you. At dawn each morning, the community began the day together, gathering in silence to meditate and then read from various brilliant philosophers, poets and sages with practical, inspiring insights and affirmations. We maintained silence until joining hands around the breakfast table for prayer of thanksgiving. We each had jobs to do to maintain the farm of vegetables we grew, milk the cows, tend to building repairs, answer the many letters from inmates seeking change and package the spiritual books we sent for free in answer to requests. We were given the opportunity to learn many skills, but most of all to learn to be responsible participants and members of community and society. Bo and Sita and Catherine devoted their lives to affording so many, these opportunities. And still the Lozoffs and the Millers kept close, loving families and both raised sons we would all be proud to call our own. One evening, I received a call from a niece informing me of my mothers death. The community, along with the evenings guests, were gathered, as always, around the wood stove for song and thought-provoking discussion. Bo and Sita learned of the call I had received, excused themselves from the evenings gathering and took me to their cabin where the three of us sat around their personal altar in candlelight. Bo, as so often he did, spoke softly with comforting words while Sita held me in her arms and wiped my tears. This is who Bo and Sita and Human Kindness Foundation really are. Literally, thousands of men and womens lives have been salvaged and restored by Human Kindness Foundation. I remain in written correspondence with numerous inmates who have found reason and change available to what they once felt was a hopeless circumstance. I myself am one of those I describe and I am forever grateful to Bo and Human Kindness Foundation. Bo and Sita and Catherine are just folk, like all of us here on this spinning planet. However, I must say that I personally hold them special, in that they have each strived and given their lives to be of service to the confused, the lost, the less fortunate, and therefore to all of humanity. Bo has taught me many things, yet I suppose most valuable of all, he has taught me forgiveness. I forgive you Matt Saldana, and I pray that you may someday come to know and support the goodness in the the goodness brought into being by spirits like Bo Lozoff. Charles Clarke

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Posted by Charles on 08/31/2008 at 8:40 AM

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