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CLARITY IS AN INSIDE JOB

This is the preliminary text for a TED talk I’m doing next month…so I’d love your feedback… There are really only 2 things I know for sure about clarity, and the first is that it’s elusive! It often seems as … Continue reading

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Love Wins

I’m pretty sure I can’t write it any better than I said it this past Sunday, so here’s a link to my talk from December 16th “Love Wins“.  Enjoy!

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Thankful for Leftovers

I apologize in advance for the unusual length of this post. I guess playing hooky from this blog has allowed a bunch of thoughts to ferment for a while… Years ago I heard or read somewhere that the average American … Continue reading

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Is-ness as Usual

Strong coffee is my weakness, as my father used to say. Once in a while I get tired of my automatic coffeemaker’s version (never quite strong enough) and pull out the heavy artillery: the French press. Then after a few … Continue reading

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Happy New Year

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, began last night at sundown. I haven’t figured out why the year starts in the 7th month of the Jewish calendar, but hey, January 1st is rather arbitrary as well. Anyway, the significance of … Continue reading

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Harmony or Upset-able? (this is also my “Spiritual Leader’s article” in Unity at the Lake’s bimonthly newsletter)

My favorite quote from the Buddha goes something like this: “We don’t get upset because of what’s happening; we get upset because we’re upset-able.” In other words, just like happiness, upset is an inside job. And I don’t know about … Continue reading

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What Would Brenna Do?

It probably borders on blasphemy, but I have recently found myself asking this question often: “What would Brenna do?” Brenna is “my” nearly 2-year old Labrador Retriever, and she is wise beyond measure. She is nearly always happy and energetic … Continue reading

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One Choice at a Time

I ran across this Cherokee expression: “When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.” I know that this kind of life is possible and … Continue reading

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Turn the Other Hip

My hip continues to improve (please see last post), and I am grateful for that, though at times I find myself sad. Maybe it’s because I’m dog tired, or maybe it’s because I still lapse into wrestling matches with worry … Continue reading

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Muddled by Meaning

The Buddha said, “When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.” When he referred to a pure mind, I don’t think he was talking about one that was free of lustful thoughts (at least I … Continue reading

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