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Living Life Backwards…Pathway to Happiness

It’s the one thing everyone wants. Few people seem to find it. Fewer still know where to look. For, happiness, that is. I wasted more years than I wish to admit… …wanting to be happy, …not certain, when I was happy, whether I was really happy, …and, even more uncertain where to find it. Which […]

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God?

At the World Congress of Religions (2012) Swami Vivekananda said, “Nothing makes us so cruel as religion; and, nothing makes so tender as religion.” This has been the paradox one finds within virtually every religion, east and west. The history of Christianity, for example, is one of disgrace, disgust, even the demonic. Yet, at one-and-the-same-time, […]

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Ah, the Dreams of Life…

Balancing one’s dreams and drives with the harsh realities and circumstances of life can be a challenge, right? For most of my life, I have lived with big dreams. I have dreamt of being famous, of making history, of writing widely read books, of speaking before large crowds. And, all of this before having my […]

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Black Friday and the Scarcity Effect…

BLACK FRIDAY and the “Scarcity Effect”… Black Friday’s success is based largely on what retailers call “the scarcity effect.” By creating the illusion in the minds of shoppers that a product is a “must have” item that is also limited in supply, as well as available but for a brief period of time, the “I […]

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God-Talk about Faith…

It abounds everywhere, doesn’t it? Religious people use the word faith so much, you would think they actually knew something about it. Like a person who regularly drives a car, as I and perhaps you do as well or who steps on board an airplane as I do almost weekly. If an alien from another […]

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I Am Always Arriving…

I am always arriving, always en route, always going somewhere, am I not? Are you not? Yet, whenever I finally get THERE I discover it’s only just another HERE. I suspect, when you and I can truly be HERE, we will have arrived at the ultimate THERE. Isn’t the secret to happiness HERE? Already HERE? […]

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How Does He Know Me So Well?

It is one thing to do good. Quite another thing, however, when the crafty ego within you seizes the good you do as a way to be revered. Mark Nepo How does he know me so well? This has been a significant challenge for me throughout my adult life. I have wanted so much to […]

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I Envy the Tree…

I do not know who said it but it is full of wisdom: “I envy the tree, how it reaches but never holds.” For as long as I can remember, something in me has reached for the heavens. I’d like to think it is the Divine spark within me and maybe it is. However, I’m […]

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A Leaf of Faith…

Pam and I had lunch yesterday at a little restaurant in old Louisville. We were discussing the condition of a friend and family member in a nearby hospital whom we were going to see following lunch. His condition had grown worse and his survival was in question. So, Pam, who’s been recently reading “Dying to […]

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No Parking THERE!…

This is so true, isn’t it? Nepo nails me when he writes of himself: “I waste so many hours not just in trying to get published, but in hunting for the right publisher, one that will make me feel worthy in the eyes of others. None of that effort, even when successful, has ever brought […]

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When God Talks Back…

In a new book I must read, and you might wish to read as well, is T. E. Lurhmann’s When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God.  In the book, the author tells of a time when someone asked Mother Teresa of Calcutta how she communicated with God. “When you pray, what […]

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Each Creature Lives into Its Own Nature…

Mechthild of Magdeburg once said, “A fish cannot drown in water; a bird does not fall in air. Each creature God made must live in its own true nature.” Then that’s what the writers of Genesis meant, is it not? “And God breathed into human nostrils the breath of life, and humans became living beings” […]

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Are There Really NO Answers in Life?

Are there really NO answers in life? To the big questions, I mean? Is there a God? Is he a he? A she? An it? Where is God?

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Life’s Greatest Discovery…the Joy of Oneness

The Sufi poet, Ghalib, said, “For the raindrop, joy is entering the river.” When you and I first appear, this is how we arrive – in oneness with all there is.  Which is why, when you look into the eyes of an infant, you get this feeling you’re looking at the face of God. You […]

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God…and this Moment…

I finished running around our neighborhood yesterday and, as I slowed to a brisk walk the final few hundred yards, I suddenly became present. That is to say, I became aware that I had just finished running nearly one hour in length and did so completely unaware of my surroundings. I was present and yet […]

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