The Power of Ritual: A Mirror for Life’s Passages

Fall sunlight streamed through stained glass, warming the faces and the souls of the people who filled the simple old white-steepled sanctuary. This past Sunday afternoon, we gathered at Soquel Congregational Church near Santa Cruz, CA, for the memorial service of our mother, Barbara Lee Deemy Burklo, who died over a month ago, peacefully, at [Read More...]

The Parliament of the World’s Hats


Last week I attended the Parliament of the World’s Religions, a gathering in Salt Lake City of 10,000 people from 50 religions and 80 countries around the world. My first impression was amazement at the variety of headgear on display as I wandered the halls of the gargantuan Salt Palace convention center, located just a block [Read More...]

What Happened in Roseburg Won’t Stay in Roseburg…

From the Los Angeles Times, 10-8-15: Re: the Oregon mass shooting: “Harper-Mercer’s mother, Laurel Harper, shared her son’s passion for guns… In online postings, Harper talked about her love of guns and her son’s emotional troubles, but there were no hints of worry that he could become violent, the Associated Press has reported. “I keep [Read More...]