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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Dec 7 2021

We Can Be Amazingly Good! Seriously!

We Can Be Amazingly Good! Seriously! And When You See Goodness in Front of You, It’s Awesome! Maybe like so many of you, we hit the road for Thanksgiving. Or rather we hit the skyways, taking a flight across country through Dallas to Ontario, California, to spend Thanksgiving with my youngest son Kevin and his…
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Oct 30 2021

I Think I Need a Break! Retreat, Anyone?

I Think I Need a Break! Retreat, Anyone? I have some friends – John and Isobel de Gruchy – who live near Cape Town in South Africa. John is Professor Emeritus of Christian Studies at the University of Cape Town, and his wife, Isobel, is a talented writer and artist. (In fact, one of her…
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