March 25, 2019

Did you ever hear of the 8-Hour Day Movement? It was a global campaign started in the late-1800s to shorten the workweek. At the time, Americans were working an average of 60 hours a week over a six-day workweek. Six 10-hour days. While there were exceptions, it was not until 1938, and the Fair Labor Standards Act, that the 8-hour day, 40-hour week, became the norm. Today, for many in our society, the 40-hour workweek is a thing of the past…. Read more

March 19, 2019

HaLve you ever read the book or seen the movie called The Secret? Then you know it’s based on a new age philosophy called the Law of Attraction. Its basic premise is that that when you think positive thoughts, you bring good things into your life. As Wikipedia explains: The belief is based on the idea that people and their thoughts are both made from pure energy, and that through the process of like energy attracting like energy a person… Read more

March 12, 2019

As an antidote to my recent story on evil spirits, I’ve updated a piece I wrote four years ago on “the third man.” I find the idea of guardian angels compelling (I wrote about them last month). In this story, I call out several historical examples from John Geiger’s book The Third Man where some type of guiding force seemed to lead those in imminent danger to safety. Have you heard the story of “the third man” encountered by Ernest… Read more

March 6, 2019

What if I told you that one of the most recognized saints in the Catholic church believed not just in God, but in the presence of evil spirits. Saint Ignatius of Loyola founded the religious order called the Society of Jesus, better known as the Jesuits, in 1540. Known for their missionary work, the Jesuits are still active today and include 12,000 priests. The current pope, Pope Francis, is a Jesuit. Late in his life, Ignatius collected his thoughts in… Read more

February 26, 2019

It is a religion with me. It’s a way of life. A religion is a way of life, isn’t it? ~Jack LaLanne on keeping fit My wife sometimes tells me “you’re too much in your head” and I know what she means. At any one time, I’m usually reading or listening to several spirituality-related books and podcasts and recently my head has been swirling with notions of good and evil spirits, Eckhart Tolle and communicating with the dead (more on… Read more

February 20, 2019

When you see a dead body, you realize the form is still there, but the essence of that being is not there. There is only a shell. The life within that form is gone. ~Eckhart Tolle If you’re like me, you read the passage above and want to ask Eckhart Tolle: So where does “the form” go when we die? With a little digging, I found that Tolle, one of the brightest spiritual minds of our time, has an answer… Read more

February 13, 2019

If you read the gospels, you quickly see that Jesus is a man of many emotions—and not all of them are positive. As one Christian publication points out, he is at times angry, indignant, distressed, depressed and sorrowful. On the plus side, he also has moments of joy and happiness, empathy and compassion. Which raises a question: If Jesus was in fact “flesh and blood” and experienced the full spectrum of human emotions, did he also experience the feelings of… Read more

February 10, 2019

Let the world know you as you are, not as you think you should be, because sooner or later, if you are posing, you will forget the pose, and then where are you? ~Fanny Brice From the outside looking in, James Martin was living the good life. He was 29 years old and had a good job working for a Fortune 500 company. He had a fancy apartment, hip friends, wore stylish suits to work and had begun to climb… Read more

February 6, 2019

Some problems can’t be solved by more thinking. ~Sam Harris Where do you turn when you need help making an important decision, one that involves changing your job, your relationship or where you live? According to Kevin O’Brien, author of The Ignatian Adventure, the best advice come from a man who lived 500 years ago. O’Brien writes that Saint Ignatius of Loyola, who founded the Jesuit religious order in 1540, was known as a master in the art of spiritual… Read more

January 30, 2019

Did you ever wonder where the name “Meyer” lemon came from? I did the other day and after some research discovered that this juicier, sweeter version of an ordinary lemon was named for one Frank Meyer. And there’s an amazing, cautionary story behind the man. Meyer was an explorer whose travels across China in the early 1900s were written up by major newspapers and earned him an audience with Teddy Roosevelt. But Meyer was no ordinary adventurer—he was an “agricultural explorer”… Read more

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