Look Here! Of Monsters and Miracles–UPDATED

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In the wake of the Colorado shooting, as is common with any tragedy or disaster, we are hearing a lot about miraculous escapes: people who should have been in Theater 9 but weren't, people who turned this way and not that, people who listened to an inner voice telling them something was wrong, or who developed superhuman abilities to navigate toward the exits in the dark and the chaos.In one of the many mysterious ironies of Aurora, one of the dead, aspiring sports broadcaster Jessica Ghawi, … [Read more...]

Praying For and With and Through Colorado: A Spiritual Blogaround

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Image sourceOne of the blessings of belonging to a community of bloggers on religion and spirituality is being fed and sustained by the reflections of others on a day when evil is in the headlines, questions are in the heart, and my own spiritual, physical, and blogging resources are so low.There are many points of view represented in this banquet of links, but each is included because it is---unlike the kneejerk responses of the media, with the announce-retract-handwring-blame cycle in … [Read more...]

5 Things That Too Shall Pass

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When we were kids, and grieved some ill or injustice, my mother would say, "This too shall pass." We never believed her, and she was always right.I need her back. I'm feeling stuck in all kinds of impossibilities and griefs at present. That's why my friend Jean's photo---the phrase THIS IS ONLY TEMPORARY stenciled on a concrete barrier by the Great Miami River---speaks so strongly. The phrase carries the weight of consoling prophecy, and Jean's discovery of it was a piece of lovely … [Read more...]

Bless the Lord, All You Particle People!

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Particle man, particle man Doing the things a particle can What's he like? It's not important Particle man Is he a dot or is he a speck? When he's underwater does he get wet? Or does the water get him instead? Nobody knows, particle man ~ "Particle Man," They Might Be GiantsImage sourceAs much as I love having TMBG as the soundtrack to my understanding of science, that last line is not quite so true today, at least when it comes to one particular---and particularly … [Read more...]

Split Decisions

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First up, thanks for all the support from my sisters and brothers in Invidia Anonymous. My post the other day flipped a light switch and revealed just how capacious and densely populated the Envy Closet is. Once one of us came out, the whole clattering mess followed, like the contents of Fibber McGee's cupboard (a reference only boomers will recognize from their parents' stories of radio days; the rest of you can Google it). Turns out Dean Martin (Google him, too) was only partially right: … [Read more...]


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