The Two Trees (5 of 33)

[Meditations are intended to be read sequentially, from 1 to 33.]Again in the Garden ...Sick. Having eaten so much of the Fruit of the Tree in the Garden -- Pride, Anger, Lust, Envy, Gluttony, Avarice, and Sloth -- we are sick. The Garden no longer seems so filled with light. We have once again discovered that the fruit which says “Come” speaks a lie.If this is so, what of the Tree on the Hill?It seems to be dark, Hell. What of it? Must we go and see?The man hangs there. Is he dea … [Read more...]

The Two Trees (4 of 33)

[Meditations are intended to be read sequentially, from 1 to 33.]Again in the Garden ...From where we sit, in the Garden, we can see, off in the distance, the Hill, the Tree, and what appears to be a dying man hanging there. In the Garden, there is light. Yet, as far as we can see, the Hill looks dark and foreboding.Again, we listen to our soul which seems to long for the Hill. We begin to make our way out of the Garden -- toward the Wilderness -- only to realize that the headway that we make … [Read more...]

The Two Trees (3 of 33)

[Meditations are intended to be read sequentially, from 1 to 33.]Again in the Garden ...The fruit that looked so wonderful, so inviting, eventually turned bitter in our bellies. It appealed to our eyes, tongues, and senses. And although our souls said "No," we listened instead to our bodies. Now, with bellies full, we are still not satisfied.For once, we understand out soul’s definition of the fruits of the Garden’s tree: Pride, Anger, Lust, Envy, Gluttony, Avarice, and Sloth ... “Pale Gas.” … [Read more...]

The President formerly known as Ronnie

I entered college in the fall of 1979. My family had always belonged to the Democratic party. I feared Ronald Reagan. I truly believed that his election meant the beginning of the end of the world. It was the Cold War. Everyone was a bit edgy.Back in the day, those of us in the dorm played a card game, Rook, every night. (Yes, Mom, every night.) There was a promising rock star who was a favorite on the dorm floor: Prince. Prince's song, "Ronnie Talk to Russia," came to mind yesterday … [Read more...]


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