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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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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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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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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Don’t Worry! Be Happy! Or Live for Today. Or …

Don’t Worry! Be Happy! Or Live for Today. Or … Do you remember that Grass Roots’ song, “Let’s Live For Today?” I don’t remember exactly when it came out (sounds so ’60s-ish), but I do remember hearing it some years ago – and now played on my Pandora station frequently. I also remember disapproving of…

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Enthralled and Falling in Love; Disenthralled: What’s That?

Enthralled and Falling in Love; Disenthralled: What’s That?¹ I imagine that most of us, at one time or another – be it a first puppy love, maybe a crush on that teenage heartthrob, possibly your spouse and longtime lover – most of us have been enthralled with someone. Fascinated, maybe writing their name over and…

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