A NOT-SO-MODEST PROPOSAL

By on Sep 30, 2019 in Uncategorized | 4 comments

War is sweet to those who never experienced it. Erasmus Fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity. George Carlin Dad, how do soldiers killing each other solve the world’s problems? Calvin and Hobbes   A NOT-SO-MODEST PEACE PROPOSAL War has been almost constant throughout human history. Since the beginning of time efforts at containing this horror have quite...

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BRAKING ONE OF MY RULES

By on Sep 15, 2019 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

  I have had a rule for my blog that I don’t sell things here but today I am going to break that rule by announcing that my memoir, “An Ordinary Childhood,” is finally available on Amazon. This project was begun in the early 2000s with early drafts and scribblings. I abandoned it for quite a while but reclaimed it in 2015. And since that time, it has been...

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Spiritual Conundrums

By on Aug 24, 2019 in Uncategorized | 6 comments

         SPIRITUAL CONUNDRUMS Throughout the history of spiritual and theological reflection there have been certain staples of thought about the Divine. These include; God is all powerful, God is all knowing, or God is perfect. Reflection on the nature of the Divine literally fills many libraries with thousands of volumes. Part of the problem with our efforts to...

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OUR NATIONAL SHADOW II

By on Aug 10, 2019 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

OUR NATIONAL SHADOW II This posting is a follow up to the previous one discussing our national, collective shadow which is so dominant in these tumultuous times. This posting attempts to fill this out more and especially see its connection to us and our individual shadow. Trump is the mouthpiece for the undercurrents running throughout American culture. He expresses...

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TRUMP AND OUR COLLECTIVE SHADOW

By on Jul 23, 2019 in Pathways | 4 comments

TRUMP AND OUR NATIONAL SHADOW I have not written from the perspective of the engaged mystic since late November of 2018. This is the place where I reflect on our political atmosphere through a spiritual lens. Primarily I have not written in this voice because I have found the pain that is around us to be incredibly overwhelming and horrific. This involved me in...

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MORE ON NOTHINGNESS

By on Jul 8, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Every breath is a resurrection. Gregory Orr Poetry is the thread that leads us out of the labyrinth of despair into the light Gregory Orr MORE ON NOTHINGNESS   This blog posting takes a different form from any I have done in the past. It is the text of a 1115-word poem by Gregory Orr. I am posting it because it is an excellent companion to two previous...

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Presence Through a Photographic Lens

By on Jun 23, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  PRESENCE THROUGH A PHOTOGRAPHIC LENS Being “present” or “in the moment” have become cultural catchphrases over the last thirty years. Motherhood, apple pie and being present are the core of what people trust. This is true to such an extent that it verges upon becoming trite. And yet, it is at the heart of spiritual life, practice and development. I am posting...

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BETRAYAL

By on Jun 10, 2019 in Uncategorized | 3 comments

BETRAYAL This posting concerns an experience of being at the limit of my ability to accept the situation and use transformational, spiritual energies to cope. Although this happened several months ago the experience is still not resolved. I was betrayed by a person I considered a close and reliable friend for many years. The experience cut me deeply. It felt like a...

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AGING AND DEATH AS SPIRITUAL CRUCIBLES

By on May 8, 2019 in Pathways, Posts | 2 comments

To be young and vital is nothing.                                                                             To be old and vital is sorcery. Carlos Castaneda   Wrinkles here and there seem unimportant compared to the whole person I have become this past year. May Sarton                                Dying, dying, some one told me...

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ON BEING WHOLE

By on Apr 22, 2019 in Pathways, Posts | 0 comments

How can I be substantial if I do not cast a shadow. I must have a dark side also if I am to be whole.           Carl Jung     We are Stardust, we are golden And we’ve got to get our selves back to the garden. Then I can walk beside you. I have come here to lose the smog.           Joni Mitchel ON BEING WHOLE Lately, the experience of wholeness has been popping into...

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