May 4 2022

Never Again … and Again … and Again: The Drumbeat of War

  Never Again … and Again … and Again: The Drumbeat of War “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing.” With this line the imprisoned Russian opposition leader, Alexey Navalny, closed a CNN interview on Sunday evening, April 24. More about that later (and see second…
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Apr 1 2022

Waving the Flag: A Symbol of a People’s Spirit and a Symbol of Hope for Us All

Waving the Flag: A Symbol of a People’s Spirit and a Symbol of Hope for Us All Shortly after Russia invaded Ukraine, David and I bought a Ukrainian flag online. When it arrived we unpacked it and David asked, “Which color goes up?” Of course we Googled it and discovered blue was up, so we…
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Mar 7 2022

Relaxation, Mindfulness, and a Visit with the Past

Relaxation, Mindfulness, and a Visit with the Past Now the name Herbert Benson might not ring a bell with you, but that bell clanged for me. Dr. Benson died last month at the age of 86. He was a well-known and respected cardiologist at Harvard and a pioneer in the early days of the mind-body…
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Feb 9 2022

“My Country, ‘Tis of Thee;” or, It Can’t Happen Here. (Can it?)

“My Country, ‘Tis of Thee;” or, It Can’t Happen Here. (Can it?) Years ago – I think it was in the 1930s, during the rise of Nazism and fascism generally – Sinclair Lewis wrote a book titled It Can’t Happen Here (see lead photo). And although it was before my time, I believe he concluded…
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Jan 10 2022

Archbishop Desmond Tutu: A Good Man, A Saint in His Own Time and Ours

Archbishop Desmond Tutu: A Good Man, a Saint in His Own Time and Ours I met Archbishop Tutu when I visited South Africa in 2016. He was a Patron of Volmoed – a wonderful conference and retreat center – from 1990 to 2021. I was staying at Volmoed while visiting my friends John and Isobel…
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