“Why is God doing this to us again?” (The Jersey Shore Boardwalk Fire)

The quote you see above is the headline that appeared on the Web site of our local newspaper. As some of you know, I live on the Jersey Shore, a few miles from where Sandy hit hardest and where now a fire in Seaside Park has destroyed eight blocks of boardwalk and businesses that line [Read More...]

New Proof of God’s Existence on Earth.

While I don’t always see eye-to-eye with my Patheos colleague David French, I was especially intrigued by a recent column he wrote titled “Yes, There is Evidence That God Exists.” Fully expecting it to be chock-full of Biblical quotes, French instead told a compelling personal story about how he was once diagnosed with an incurable [Read More...]

You’ll Dig These 6 Life Tips from The Dude.

Do you know the Dude? He’s a character in the Cohen Brother’s movie The Big Lebowski and he’s played by the actor Jeff Bridges. And while Bridges has acted in dozens of roles over his storied career, this may be the one he is most associated with. He was so convincing as a live-and-let-live philosopher/stoner [Read More...]

Get Happy! A 360° Philosophy for Life.

If you’re a regular reader of Wake Up Call, you’ll know that I often feature the philosophies of others who I admire and who have influenced my thinking. This includes the soul-virtuoso Thomas Moore, the businessman-turned-philosopher John Templeton and the passionate promoter of “interspirituality” Mirabai Starr. I like to think that these writers, and others [Read More...]

Does spirituality mix with a good wine or beer buzz?

As I write this, it’s Wednesday and I am winding things down at work in anticipation of a rare four-day holiday weekend. I am especially looking forward to tomorrow, the 4th of July. I’ll start the day with some stretching and light meditation, followed by a prayer of thanks, and then embark on a four-mile [Read More...]

Sick? Tired? Achy? Depressed? It’s time you tried some beautiful medicine.

How are you feeling today? Healthy, alert and full of vim and vigor? Or are you suffering from chronic aches and pains, fatigue or depression? If you’re in the latter camp, you must read a book that can honestly change your life: A Beautiful Medicine, A Radical Look at the Essence of Health and Healing [Read More...]

Since we don’t know when we’re going to die, maybe we should get busy living.

Each weekday morning I get on a bus and make a very long commute from the Jersey Shore to New York City. On one particular morning, it dawned on me that I might have only a few seconds to live. It was a couple of days after the Boston Marathon bombing and I was sitting [Read More...]

How would you answer the question “Who is God?”

A few months ago I had a reader contact me about a blog post I had written. Like a lot of my Wake Up Call columns, it referenced God, and this particular person had a question that went something like this: “I enjoyed your story but you didn’t answer the question: Who is God?” It [Read More...]

Is the best guru for you, you?

Why do you need a guru? If you fall down, then pick yourself up and continue to walk. ~Krishnamurti I’ve been reading with interest some of the posts of my fellow Patheos blogger Ambaa, also known as the White Hindu, who does a wonderful job of opening a window into Hindu traditions and philosophy. She [Read More...]

Excessive generosity: how you can make your world a better place.

I just finished reading the wonderful More or Less, Choosing a Lifestyle of Excessive Generosity, by Jeff Shinabarger. But before I discuss this book, I’d like to start off with an anecdote. The motivational author Napoleon Hill, best known for his book “Think and Grow Rich”, is one of my all-time favorite inspirational writers. Hill [Read More...]


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