Thank you, Rhoda Morgenstern!

Rhoda Morgenstern changed my life. As a chubby, opinionated, smart and mouthy teenager in Akron Ohio in the early 1970’s, I had never seen anyone on television who remotely resembled me, anyone I might be someday, or anyone who might be my friend. Rhoda changed that. For those who weren’t born in the1970’s, Rhoda was [Read More...]

…born and re-born again

“Love, yes, love your calling, for this holy and generous love will impart strength to you so as to enable you to surmount all obstacles.” ~St. Mary Euphrasia Pelletier In the late 1820s, a “change in inner conviction” led the Rev. Dr. Theodore Clapp to begin preaching universalism in New Orleans. This change inspired the [Read More...]

This Is What’s Happening

This is what’s happening, now. It is the last day of our week-and-a-half West Coast trip. We are in Portland, Oregon, the city where I was born and grew up, where I know a thousand places I would love to go–this and that bookstore, that cafe, and oh, the breakfast places I would love to [Read More...]

Doubt, the Scurry

Thinking of it is your first mistake. A scurry caught in the corner of a cat’s eye– did it dart down that hole, that, or that? One thing for certain–it won’t come back to sure, after you catch a scurry out of the corner . . . Then you’re a cat peering down that crack, [Read More...]

Good Guys and Bad Guys

Depending on who you talk to, the recent death of Hugo Chavez was either the tragic loss of a heroic defender of the poor or the timely end of a socialist thug. Now, I’m not interested in taking sides on this one. I make no pretense at being any kind of expert on the modern [Read More...]

Waiting for Snow in Carlisle

Today, I carpooled to a daylong meeting with several colleagues. As we rode back toward home, we heard weather forecasts calling for several inches of snow tonight and into the morning. Now, you should know that unlike much of the rest of the country, we have had little to no snow in Central and Eastern [Read More...]

Being and Doing, Work and Spiritual Practice

Last week I attended an interesting conference called Wisdom 2.0, about the convergence of technology and spirituality. To say it was interesting is an understatement: For this Midwesterner, listening to folks from the tech industry was fascinating, and the collection of spiritual teachers and industry leaders was artful. (You can watch what happened at Wisdom2summit.com.) [Read More...]

High Resolve

“Keep fresh before me the moments of my High Resolve, that in fair weather or in foul, in good times or in tempests, in the days when the darkness and the foe are nameless or familiar, I may not forget that to which my life is committed.” ~ Rev. Dr. Howard Thurman Carnival has passed. [Read More...]

Subtile Body

“There is more reason in your body than in your best wisdom.” Frederich Nietzsche Hard to think, perhaps, this old man lives in “subtile body”– looking at my lines, looking at my heft, beer belly & broken teeth, but I am; I do . . . Subtle body where the accidents fall into place because [Read More...]


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