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June 2, 2019

My office is lined with hundreds of books about the human condition, but there is only one that I always keep out on the coffee table: The Cloud of Unknowing. I keep it there to remind me that when nothing in the world seems to make sense, love and compassion always ma...

May 26, 2019

“I used to be somebody, but since I left my work I feel like a nobody,” a recently retired attorney said to me. His struggle was not fleeting. Suicidal thoughts had been intruding for months on what he thought would be the most enjoyable part of his life. “You’re makin...

May 19, 2019

It's spring and the world is coming alive again! It may surprise you that spring is the peak time of year for suicides. In 2017 there were over 70,000 suicides in the United States—almost 200 per day—the highest in fifty years. 

I made this brief video (link below) with...

May 11, 2019

This photo is of a nest in a hanging basket next to our front door. The two carolina wren chicks are easy to see. But why are there still two eggs (look closely for the second one beneath to top chick)? These are cowbird eggs. We caught the cowbird in the act of laying...

May 4, 2019

As I watched the replays of the steeple of Notre Dame Cathedral falling I felt a “Can this really be happening?” shudder move through me. My first reflections on that fire were about impermanence—how, as Robert Frost put it, “nothing gold can stay.” Not our best cathed...

April 28, 2019

We are a stream whose source is hidden. Our being

is descending into us from we know not whence.

                  —Ralph Waldo Emerson

Emerson has been on my mind because I’m going to visit his home in Concord in a couple of w...

April 20, 2019

So when you get past your turnoff to all the televangelists, what do you see of value in the life of Jesus?” I asked a young person a few days before Easter several years ago.  She said, “I’m not interested in all that back there 2000 years ago. I want to know if anyon...

April 14, 2019

This joke came to me courtesy of a friend:

A couple showed up for counseling. The woman relayed her list of issues: feeling disconnected, lonely, unloved, taken for granted, and so on. After listening to her, the counselor jumped up, knelt down before her, took her...

April 7, 2019

"What lies behind you and what lies in front of you

pales in comparison to what lies within you."

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

This week, I’ll put the right brain (nested meditation) first and the left brain (prose) second. Here’s an attempt from Now is Where God Lives to addres...

March 31, 2019

On Christmas Day, 2012 meditation teacher Allan Lokos and his wife were in a plane crash. Later, Lokos described the moment when he realized, as he struggled to escape the burning plane filling with black smoke, that his foot was caught on something and he could not mo...

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