Keeping Our Existential Crises At Bay:

When I was just starting out in academia – as Assistant Professor of Psychology at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana – my area of research was, broadly speaking, gerontology. In other words, I studied “old people” – how they viewed their lives, what made for successful aging, their sense of time, past, present,…

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Suicide: A National Epidemic

Like many, I couldn’t believe my ears when I heard over NPR not only that Anthony Bourdain was dead, but that his death had been ruled a suicide … by hanging himself in his luxurious French hotel room where he was filming another episode of “Parts Unknown.” His hanging reminded me of another famous suicide…

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Spider-Man and the Good Shepherd

Examples of the Good Shepherd can still be found in our hectic, traffic-jammed lives. And we can be shepherds too … A couple of weeks ago I took my annual trek to my home base in northern Indiana to visit my family – or its remnant: my brother, sister-in-law, niece and nephew. I flew to…

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We Have Met the Devil

Recently I was sitting in my doctor’s waiting room – there for my routine annual physical when, as I gazed around the waiting area, it crossed my mind that someone could come in through the door and open fire, shooting us all like sitting ducks. Seriously, that occurred to me. First time a thought like…

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Here’s to Life!

Whether you’re a “Christmas/Easter Christian” or a churchgoing regular; whether you’re striving to live to 100 or just another day, I say, Christos Anesti! Alithos Anesti! Just a little over two weeks ago it was Easter Sunday. This blog starts off there, and then – as usual – travels beyond the particular to reach for…

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The Music in My Brain

Your favorite music can transport you to other places, flooding your brain with feel-good neurotransmitters. I know because I love music! I love music! And I absolutely love to dance. I have the Pandora app on my cell phone, and there are specific stations that I tap into at certain times during the day. For…

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The Darkness of Our Days:

Let us hope and work, march and write, do all we can to further the cause of justice and preserve some semblance of community solidarity in this nation we hold dear … before it slips away entirely into brutish disregard of our common good. Every year during the Christmas season, I try to read W.H.…

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The Privilege of Getting Older:

Every day is a miracle. Be glad and count your blessings for the privilege of your days that you are given. And embrace the wisdom that does often come with the years A couple of blogs ago I talked a bit about Joe Biden’s memoir, Promise Me, Dad. It was not only a review of…

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God Willin’ and the Creek Don’t Rise

Sub conditione Jacobe. You and I have today. So say “I love you,” to all whom you do love. Because you never know what tomorrow will bring. During my recent trip to California to spend Christmas with my youngest, Kevin and his family, we wound up having “fun” with a passage from the Bible. I…

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Leaning Into the New Year: The Only Solution is Love

May 2018 be a year of loving each other as very best we can. Because again, in the end, that is all that really matters. In the Dec. 20 issue of The Christian Century, there’s a review by Richard Lischer of a book just out titled Dorothy Day: The World Will be Saved by Beauty…

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