The Quiet Mind

Many of you know that I’m a lifetime member of the American Psychological Association – my original professional home as a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. And a few short years ago, I attended the annual meeting when it was held in D.C. (Can you imagine thousands of psychologists converging on one city? In addition to…
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Two Poems for our Times

I, along with a friend, have just returned from an eight-day cruise on the Viking Var, sailing up the Rhine River from Amsterdam to Basel. It was a lovely trip, through The Netherlands but mostly through Germany, exploring windmills, castles, and mediaeval cathedrals, sipping lovely Alsace wines along the way. So perhaps more about that…
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The Power of Silence

I have always been attracted to silence — to listening for another voice that may speak, as one of my favorite poets puts it. For me, the voice that may speak is a Voice–God’s Spirit somehow urging, nudging, moving, calling my self to insight, to respond to such transcendent engagement that may break through in the…
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Grace in Small Acts and Wherever You Are in Life

Last April I attended the Festival of Faith and Writing, a conference held every two years in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and hosted by Calvin College. It’s a Mecca for writers, publishers, and publicists/agents, and I went to hear several of the speakers as well as spend afternoons in my hotel room, working on my own…
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The War Prayer

When I was an undergraduate at Indiana University (Bloomington), Religious Studies was my “outside minor.” And during my senior year in 1970 (in the midst of anti-war protests sparked by the misadventure in Viet Nam), one of the assigned readings in a religious studies class was Mark Twain’s “The War Prayer.” I thought about that…
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