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“I’ve studied deeply in the philosophies of religion, but cheerfulness kept breaking through.” — Leonard Cohen “It all comes back to . . .appetite for fruitful activity and a high quality life.“–George Bernard Shaw  Colin Wilson observed that a person’s …

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I was very surprised. I actually got inspired about politics recently, just by reading Al Franken’s  new book.  His book inspired me such that I might even attend a city council  meeting.  (How inspired and crazy is that?) But first, …

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“An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot.”—Thomas Paine   I admit that for me, to pray for our Minority President and his generals and their approach to Afghanistan– —to meditate such that I can think …

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Even Buddhists and Methodists– not to mentioon artists–need to pay the utility bill and put gas in the car. How do we do that?  Wishing to live in a more open society, it recently struck me that we all keep …

One Word Prayer: Part 4: Light

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Let’s admit that our culture is basically atheistic, even though a recent Gallop survey found that 89% of Americans say they believe in God.  Another poll estimated believers at 79%, with 10% saying they don’t know. Still, it seems to …

 

Even if You’re Atheist or Agnostic…

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I recently posted a review on Amazon of  Pilgrimage, My  Search for the Real Pope Francis, by Mark Shriver.  I thought it was a great book.  Here’s my review, so you don’t have to go to amazon if you don’t …

 

One Word Prayers: Part 3: Borderless

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Prayers are meant to open us up to the world around us, and the world within. They are intentional mental, emotional and even physical actions, exercises, designed to help us tune into, and tune to, the deeper reality, (Deeper Reality) …

 

One Word Prayer: Part 2: Welcome

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I  recently realized that if my prayer-life was to evolve, take on some depth, or at least more depth than it generally has, then I needed to come up with one word prayers.  I observed that I’m either too lazy …

 

Learning Days vs Performing Days

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Stumbled across a delightful Ted Talk recently by Eduardo Briceno  where he talks about the difference between the “learning mode” and the “performance mode.”  He points out that what we learned in school, most of the time, was the “performing mode”— where what …

 

One Word Prayers

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Just because I’m an old guy and I’m vulnerable to such musings,  I’ve been pondering  for six or seven months what it would take to “upgrade” my prayer life– be a better pray-er,  as it were.  Seems like a worthy quest. …