March 16, 2017- Belonging

March 16, 2017- Belonging

Belonging "Come, come, whoever you are. Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving. It doesn't matter. Ours is not a caravan of despair. Come even if you have broken your vows a thousand times. Come, yet again, come, come!" attributed to Rumi (1207-1273) Sifi mystic and...

March 8, 2017- Adulation

March 8, 2017- Adulation

Adulation "I'm Nobody! Who are you? Are you - Nobody - too?..."   --Emily Dickinson      Our country has developed and perhaps even perfected the cult of celebrity. The rich and the famous have a powerful influence on almost every aspect of our culture, whether or not...

March 1, 2017- A Book Review

March 1, 2017- A Book Review

A Book Review Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson St. Martin's Press, New York: 2017      The strongest characteristic of this work for me is that it is written by a knowledgeable and kind black person specifically to the white people...

February 22, 2017- Sincerely Ignorant

February 22, 2017- Sincerely Ignorant

Sincere Ignorance "Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --Martin Luther King, Jr. It's a deadly mix: ignorance and stupidity. Horrible things result. The civil rights leader knew personally what he was talking...

February 14, 2017- Love

February 14, 2017- Love

          Love                      "For finally, we are as we love. It is love that measures our stature. There is no smaller package in the world than that of a person all wrapped up in himself." --William Sloane Coffin (1924-2006) Christian clergy, peace activist...

February 8, 2017- A Call to “Now”

February 8, 2017- A Call to “Now”

                                                                                       (The following is an excerpt from Kundtz's book, Awakened Mind: One-Minute Wake Up Calls) "You are in a beautiful city and you are safe."...

January 25, 2017- Fine Writing

January 25, 2017- Fine Writing

                                                                                      Fine Writing "We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect."                                                     Anaïs Nin (1903-1977) French-born, Cuban parents,...

January 18, 2017- Do You Meditate?

January 18, 2017- Do You Meditate?

                                                                                      "Lounge under a tree...."                                                                                         Mary Oliver (1935 - ) American poet       I am a believer in...

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January 11, 2017- Privilege

January 11, 2017- Privilege

                                                                                                 Privilege           "When you are accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression."                                                                               ...

January 4, 2017- Reason/Feelings

January 4, 2017- Reason/Feelings

                                                                                                            Reason/Feelings "It is useless to attempt to reason a person out of a thing (s)he was never reasoned into." Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) Irish satirist, poet,...

December 21, 2016 – All Year Long

December 21, 2016 – All Year Long

All Year Long "I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it  all the Year."                                                                     Ebenezer Scrooge in  Charles Dickens', A Christmas Carol Here's wishing you a great deal of enjoyment this...

December 28, 2016 – Fear/Hate

December 28, 2016 – Fear/Hate

                                                                                                            Fear/Hate "Hate is the consequence of fear; we fear something before we hate it; a child who fears noises becomes a man who hates noise."...

December 14, 2016 – Brokenness

December 14, 2016 – Brokenness

Brokenness "There is no perfection... only beautiful versions of brokenness."                                                                                                                             Shannon L. Adler, relationship author, quote writer Our culture...

December 7, 2016 – Baser Instincts/Better Angels

December 7, 2016 – Baser Instincts/Better Angels

"Baser Instincts" or "Better Angels" ? "We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the...

November 30, 2016 – Disappointed

November 30, 2016 – Disappointed

Disappointed?  "There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love... We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope. Martin Luther King, Jr.(1929-1968) American Baptist minister, civil rights leader      The feeling of disappointment...

November 23, 2016 – “You Share”

November 23, 2016 – “You Share”

"You share" "If you are really thankful, what do you do?  You share."                                                                                   Clement Stone (1902-2002) American writer         I really like this way of thinking about Thanksgiving.      A...

November 16, 2016 – That Time of Year

November 16, 2016 – That Time of Year

That Time of Year "Sharing the holidays with other people, and feeling that you're giving of yourself, gets you past all the commercialism."                                                                                                  Caroline Kennedy (1957-   )...

November 2, 2016 – Dia de Los Muertos

November 2, 2016 – Dia de Los Muertos

Día de Los Muertos "The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?" Edgar Allan Poe, (1809-1849) American writer      Who indeed      "The Day of the Dead" (or All Souls Day,...