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Reflections on Community Service in the Modern Era 

How does a person who grew up in Bombay, India, studied economics at the University of Bombay and journalism at Northwestern University come to serve homeless, jobless persons in Oakland and Berkeley?

Read about the "Call to Serve," click here. 


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America's Frontline People

How I came to describe homeless

persons as America's Frontline People:

"How can I bring it home to them?" I wondered, sitting in the corridor, waiting for my turn to address a session of on disability rights at Boalt Law School, University of California, Berkeley, in the mid-1990s. 

I started scribbling furiously . . .

They have fought our wars


And kept our fragile peace . . . 


Read more, click here. 

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Career Visions of

People Remaking Our Small Planet: Issue #4 

Educator Peter Lee Kline, one-time slow learner, who broadened our knowledge of how to speed up learning, says at 69, he'll live to enjoy and contribute to the greatest renaissance in human history.  

Kline was an oppressed “slow learner” in school and college.  “I had come to believe,” he writes in his 1988 book, The Everyday Genius, “that a certain level of pain and distress was necessary in order to make learning happen.” Frustrated with how innate human abilities were ignored, he set out with phenomenal drive and energy to discover, integrate, and spread existing knowledge of how people learn best and how to learn faster. Fortunately, for other slow learners, including me, Kline was successful in his search. But more importantly, he went on to popularize his findings in several lucid, easy-to-understand books that were brimming with the knowledge of how to learn or teach anything rapidly, all of it infused with that old democratic goal of liberating everyone everywhere. --By Michael Chacko Daniels, Executive Director, Jobs for Homeless Consortium, 1995-2004




And the following

Popular History Pages


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A Grand Rapids Popular History


Pages from New River Free Press, 1973 to 1977


Your Friendly Guide to Urban Survival & Improvement:




Signed, Limited Editions

An avid reader's comment about

Michael Chacko Daniels'

handcrafted books:

"The books are beautiful,

they look like little treasures."

--Brenda Coleman

Each copy is

a work of art in itself.

Click here to read more about
 Michael Chacko Daniels' books.

Click here to view a digital version of

Anything Out of Place Is Dirt
on Google Book Search 

Click here to view a digital version of

Split in Two
on Google Book Search


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Read  About Faith & Society in

New River Free Press, March 1976:

M. Howard Rienstra's article


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Faith & Society

Father Edward F. Monroe on

Role of Christian, Priest, & Church

I sit in his [Father Edward F. Monroe's] office in St. Alphonsus rectory, interviewing him. I am here because I have heard northenders (in Grand Rapids, Michigan) say he has a people-centered church. Listening to him, I feel imbued with his desire to be gentle--a gentle reflector of himself and others. He is 41; for 15 of those years, he has been  a Redemptorist priest. It is the goal of the Redemptorist order to work for the most abandoned, to seek out the people neglected by society, and neglected perhaps by the other outlets of the Catholic Church.--Michael Chacko Daniels

Read more: Click here for the

Father Edward F. Monroe interview.

New River Free Press, March 1976/Reprint



Faith & Society

Praying in Polish by Teresa Podgorski

As I sing in church, with my heart, I remember, and I sing as if there won't be a next time, and I don't want to stop.

. . . As I participate in the Polish mass, I try to hang on to a tradition, and yet I feel at the point of being puffed away like a dandelion.

Read more: Click here for Ms Podgorski's article. 


Who's the Zoo by David Banta

A brilliant, young Grand Rapids writer visits the John Ball Park Zoo on a Sunday in 1975 and his illusions about zoos are shattered. He leaves, asking: "Who's the Zoo?"

 Read more: Click here for David Banta

On cruelty to animals in Grand Rapids in 1975 



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In Search of India's Glory

"The free and contentious Indian publications of today owe much not only to their courageous editors and reporters, but also to their enterprising men and women who built their advertising revenues and set them on commercially viable tracks.

"India's glory is that it produces followers of different faiths--individuals like A. C. Daniels--and allows them to flourish and mentor others."

Click here and join me on a journey down an

Indian Memory Lane to discover India's glory.


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Please visit my link page by clicking here. Before you check it out, be aware that when you link to another website, you are subject to the privacy policy of that new site. 

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Flash Fiction

You'll find one of my flash fiction pieces, Sing an Indian Name, on the following free online site of Denver Syntax:



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Featured Poem From

Michael Chacko Daniels'

Split in Two

. . . But when my beloved comes for me with bells

Fireflies in her brown eyes . . .

Split in Two page: Love Poem: 


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