Movies that are religious experiences, Part 2 (Solaris)

A little while ago, I posted about my favorite movie, The Fountain.  It is one of three of my all time favorite movies.  The second one is Solaris.  I first saw Solaris at the international film theater as an undergraduate.  It was the 1972 Russian version by Andrei Tarkovsky. I went right out at read [Read More...]

Justice, Karma, and the Savage Garden

Last Sunday in our “Spirit Circle” discussion at the UU Church, we had one of our typical discussions that was all over the place and is difficult to summarize.  It started with the question, “How do your beliefs play out in your daily life.”  We rapidly got off that track and at some point one [Read More...]

I am down with rainy days

The sun is back out after a couple days of rain.  Grey and rainy days get me down.  An area of low atmospheric pressure characterized by rain and unstable weather is called a “depression”.  Like the sky is depressed. For some reason, probably not coincidentally, I decided to pick up the book, The Hours, by [Read More...]

Memorial for a 500 year old being

Today on the way to a friend’s house for dinner, we drove by a giant tree.  It appeared to be, and is in fact, dead.  My wife, the real tree lover, spotted it first.  It turns out that the tree, a Bur Oak located in Merrillville, Indiana, is between 500 and 800 years old and [Read More...]

Movies that are religious experiences: Part 1 (The Fountain)

Last Sunday, at the Spirit Circle at my Unitarian church discuss movies that inspire us.  There are a lot of movies I find inspiring.  One I recently watched was Fly Away Home with a young Anna Paquin, about a girl that rescues a flock of geese and then guides them to a mating ground in [Read More...]

Pagans in the Pews: Why I go to the Mormon church

I go to the Mormon church about once a month.  Honestly, it is a painful experience for me.  First, it’s boring (to me … just attached that qualifier to everything I say here).  There is no real discussion.  The questions and the answers are prefabricated, as they must be in any religion which claims to [Read More...]


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