June2021: Setting Life’s Table

May 31, 2021

to SAVE: June2021 pdf version to LISTEN: June 2021 audio version “Start where you are; use what you have; do what you can.”– variously attributed to both Teddy Roosevelt and Arthur Ashe   Are you one with the courage to take to take 100% personal responsibility for how your life goes? Or are you one […]

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Blog: Tricked into Believing We’re Thinking

May 31, 2021

to SAVE: “Tricked into Believing We’re Thinking” pdf to LISTEN: “Tricked into Believing We’re Thinking” audio My mind is full.   It’s filled with thoughts.   Obviously, they’re my thoughts.   Therefore, I must be thinking. Oh, how often I hear this story line. Yet (and as a way to set the stage here) research shows that while […]

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Blog: Case Study – Critical Thinking

May 27, 2021

We marvel at those, past or present, who helped change history. To name a few: Jesus, the Buddha, Galileo, Gandhi, Thomas Jefferson, Thoreau, Einstein, M. L. King, Mother Teresa, Steve Jobs. What made them stand out (and their contribution matter) wasn’t their money, intellect, luck or charisma. It was how they stayed deeply connected with […]

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Blog: The Dog Park

May 27, 2021

I live in a “planned town center.” It’s basically an outdoor shopping center, with upscale shops both national and local, restaurants, a theater, post office, etc., with residences above many of the shops. I live above the bookstore, with a view of the town square – a lovely space with trees, benches and large fountain. […]

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Blog: Easter is Canceled

May 27, 2021

Earlier this spring, I ended up in a conversation that began by my saying “Happy Easter” to someone. I was quickly ‘corrected,’ however, that it was “Happy Resurrection Day” instead. I asked for help in clarifying the distinction, and was met with this: Easter is a Pagan notion; Pagans are bad because they’re non-believers; therefore […]

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May2021: When Did You Stop Dreaming?

April 30, 2021

to SAVE: May2021 pdf version to LISTEN: May2021 audio version   “A something in a summer’s noon, — An azure depth, a wordless tune, transcending ecstasy.” – Emily Dickenson   Have you had the privilege lately to share the experience of life with a child? A young child’s curiosity and wonder are contagious. Children instinctively […]

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Apr2021: Who Do You Choose to Be?

March 29, 2021

to SAVE: Apr2021 pdf version to LISTEN: Apr2021 audio version   “We have to decide what kind of difference we’re going to make.” – Jane Goodall We humans have a basic need for an identity – a sense of self. Without it, we’re neither grounded on this earth nor able to connect with others. Yet […]

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Mar2021: A Cause to Pause

March 1, 2021

to SAVE: Mar2021 pdf version to LISTEN: Mar2021 audio version “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I’ll meet you there.”    – Rumi The authors of the U.S. Constitution were a brilliant lot. The result of their labors has guided this nation for 230 years. That it has been amended only […]

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Feb2021: The Problem with Reality

February 1, 2021

“The world is his who can see through its pretension. See it to be a lie, and you have already dealt it its mortal blow.”             – Ralph Waldo Emerson Did you ever see yourself in one of those amusement park mirrors, the kind that distorts your body, making you look odd? As you stare, you […]

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Jan2021: Separating Fact from Fiction

January 1, 2021

“It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.”         – St. Francis of Assisi 2020 has been a year like no other. Much of what we rely on has changed. Much of what we’ve come to trust has changed. As I write these words, I’m (coincidentally) hearing the same message […]

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