March 19, 2011

Since my daughter was a very small child, I’ve told her fairy tales at night. And even though she is now almost a teenager, she still likes me to tell her the occasional story. What follows is one that I recently pulled out, that will be alluded to in my book Thaddeus Squirrel (coming Fall, 2011). It’s based on a fable I heard many years ago. I wish I could tell you where it originated, but I honestly can’t remember. There’s… Read more

February 15, 2011

I’ve been on Twitter for about a year now, and during that time I’ve put out almost 600 tweets. (You can see my most recent ones running down the right side of this page.) The great majority of my tweets are inspirational quotes and I recently picked out my ten favorites to date. You’ll find them below, followed by some brief personal thoughts in italics. Some background on the quotes: I started collecting them about 15 or so years ago…. Read more

February 9, 2011

I’ve always been fascinated by UFOs. It may have started as a young boy, when visiting my aunt’s shore house a few miles from where I live now. She used to tell me about the “ghost lights” that appeared in the sky some nights. One night I saw one for myself, dancing against a dark sky, buy my memory is vague as I was only six or seven at the time. Every so often I’ll pick up a book on… Read more

January 24, 2011

I was now officially having an emotional relationship with a Buddah head. I’d convinced myself that the Buddah head was going to change things for me. Going to slow things down for starters—because life had been moving way too fast.   ~Susan Conley, The Foremost Good Fortune We have several Buddah figures in and around our home and it’s funny how, just like author Susan Conley, we have attached meaning and importance to them. Our Buddahs are big and small, made… Read more

November 30, 2010

15 or so years ago I read a story in the Newark Star Ledger that has always stayed with me. It was about a 68-year old man who lived in Jersey City, New Jersey, who died in his apartment–and whose death went undiscovered for two-and-a half years. To my surprise, I recently came across an eerily similar story from Oslo, Norway. Since the Norway story is more current, I’ve included an excerpt here: A human tragedy was unfolding in Oslo… Read more

November 1, 2010

A complete fast is a complete and literal denial of self. It is the truest prayer.  ~Ghandi Up until a couple of weeks ago, I had never fasted in my life. I know that some people use fasting as a way to seek or achieve spiritual enlightenment, but it’s just something I haven’t needed to do. For me, at least during the past few years, I’ve been able to fall into the spiritual “zone” pretty easily, through breathing, light meditation… Read more

October 29, 2010

This blog post recently appeared in Elephant Journal and is a revised version of a story you may have seen here in February. The good news: the bus driver has just been identified. His name is Sal and I hope to meet with him and write about it in the coming weeks. I used to commute by bus from North Jersey into New York City, and every once in a while would ride with a bus driver who was very… Read more

September 17, 2010

I just finished the book Illusions by Richard Bach, an old favorite I hadn’t read in a very long while—and found it just as compelling as when I first read it 2 or 3 decades ago. The book centers around a character by the name of Donald Shimoda who crosses paths with the narrator, Richard. As they travel the countryside together as barnstormers, selling joy rides on their small planes, Shimoda is revealed to be a “messiah”. Shimoda passes along… Read more

August 13, 2010

I recently posted the following entry on Twitter: Had a meeting with God on my bus ride into work today, it’s going to be a good week. A new Twitter friend read this and responded, “Wow! Have a great week!” Which got me thinking—this was one tweet that needed a little further elaboration than the 140-character limit afforded by Twitter. If you’ve read some of my past blog entries, you know that I’m a firm believer that God can be… Read more

July 28, 2010

If you asked 100 people what the single-most important passage in the Bible is, you’d probably get 80 to 90 different answers. But I believe there’s a single passage that is so powerful—and so personifies the real teachings of Jesus—that it has the power to literally change your life. It starts with Luke 17:20: One day the Pharisees asked Jesus, “When will the Kingdom of God come?” Jesus replied, “The Kingdom of God can’t be detected by visible signs,” It… Read more

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