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My Aunty Anne

 It has happened every year on March the 1st for as long as I can remember. 

 I get a phonecall and then the song begins: "Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday to you. Happy birthday …

An Undercurrent of Power

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 While living under the forty year Stalinist dictatorship of Enver Hoxha, Albania’s greatest writer, Ismail Kadare, wrote that the “myths and ballads” continued to circulate widely.” (…

Spinning Your Way to Transcendence

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 Lately I’ve been thinking: "I’m giving in particular what I have to give,  come hell or high water.”  

 It’s a fierce determination to stay with my particular passion

 It’s to …

Brilliant and Blind

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 Peggy Lee once asked in a song: “Is that all there is?

 It’s a good question and could lead somewhere.

 Or not.

 For it all depends, says the Meditation Master, Gurumayi, on the …

Some Vapid Life Celebration

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 There’s nothing like some vapid Life Celebration to raise my ire.

 Since for me the event feels empty and fake.

 In a word, unreal, for it is as if nobody died.

 So a certain dimension …

On Being Your Own Damn Light

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 What does it mean “to be a light unto yourself”?

 Two particular contexts come to mind.

 The first is the Buddhist context. When the Buddha was dying, he encouraged his followers …

Reflections on a Long Marriage

  I was 28 years old when I delivered my first sermon at Northmount Baptist Church in Calgary, Alberta. (1981)

 It was called How Turkeys can Learn to Fly like Eagles.

 It held …

Awestruck


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 Recent news has left me awestruck - the birth of a grandchild, another in the oven, and a wedding, only months away.  

 Life feels utterly significant - absolutely full of meaning - …

True Skepticism

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  I begin each day with early morning meditation followed later by a workout of indoor cycling, weights and Yoga.

 After breakfast I open a Prayer book, read Scriptures and then …

Hobby Horse Theorizing

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 David Hume, the father of modern skepticism, wrote that upon leaving the privacy of his study that "he thinks the way ordinary people think”  thereby admitting (with a refreshing …