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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Our Town: Everyone’s Life, the Glory of Now

Our Town: Everyone’s Life, the Glory of Now I expect that almost everyone reading this blog has, at one time or another, actually seen Thornton Wilder’s play, Our Town. It’s been revived a number of times on Broadway, staged locally in high school gymnasiums across the country, and presented in local venues around the world.…

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The Magic of Music: A Powerful Brain Stimulant

The Magic of Music: A Powerful Brain Stimulant Dan Levitin, a neuroscientist and musician, was my go-to guy for all things musical when I was writing my latest book, The Fiction of Our Lives: Creating Our Stories Over a Lifetime. In his book The World in Six Songs (see lead photo), he writes the following…

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The Bible: The Book that Reads Us

The Bible: The Book that Reads Us* The title of this little piece is a quote from someone … I don’t remember whom; some scripture scholar or other I ran across while in seminary. And since I write this while it is still Lent, I thought it might be worthwhile to think a little deeper…

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Hope Against Despair: The Lessons of Wisdom

  Ecclesiastes Hope Against Despair: The Lessons of Wisdom Have you ever read the Old Testament book Ecclesiastes – also known as Qoheleth, the Hebrew title named after the book’s speaker? Warning: Don’t read it if you’re depressed. It will sink you for sure! One poem embedded in it was actually made famous by the…

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COVID-19 and Hard Times: A Cry From the Heart

COVID-19 and Hard Times: A Cry From the Heart I was going to write about something topical – like the Federal death penalty! But It’s just hard not to write about our ongoing and seemingly endless confinement and fear of contamination that accompanies all moves outside the home. And now of course, the floating sense…

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