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    January 1, 2011

    It’s not a natural thing

    Liking people does not come naturally to me. It’s not a natural thing for me to embrace our relentlessly flawed humanity. In fact, my most common reaction is to think that most of us are too stupid to take up space on this planet. Harsh, I know. What redeems me for having these thoughts in the first place, however, is the knowledge that I am just as stupid and I take up just as much space and that my relationshi…

  • Published
    July 4, 2010

    ‘Goo goo g’ joob’

    “I am he, as you are he, as you are me and we are all together.” This profound lyric written by John Lennon tells us about the fundamental oneness of mankind — that we are in fact not separate, but one. “You are me and we are all together.” Why then, I wonder, is it so hard for us to believe in these words or other profound words that have been gifted to us through the wisdom of the sages, the prophets, and …

  • Published
    April 4, 2010

    Love is …

    Love is … what? That’s as far as I usually get when I try to write about love. This should be simple shouldn’t it? Love is supposed to be boy meets girl, they fall in love, get married and live happily ever after, right? Well, that is, until the way he squeezes the toothpaste in the middle of the tube instead of from the end, the “right way,” gets under her fingernails. Or the bombs bursting in air passions …

  • Published
    March 28, 2010

    What are we waiting for?

    So much lip service is given to the ideals of social change. We heard all about change as the 2008 presidential candidates stumped around the country with their polished, poll tested good for all time zones messages and we’re still hearing about it. During the recent Health Care Summit, Sen. John McCain, while addressing the president, proffered another “talking point” filled diatribe, reminding the president …

  • Published
    February 21, 2010

    You guys here for Zumba?

    My brother picked me up to go work out the other day. He was wearing his zip-up one-piece, Army green, lined Dickies coveralls and work boots and ball style cap. His graying beard was a little scruffy and he needed a haircut. I wore black sweatpants, a green T-shirt, a black zipper sweatshirt that I discovered to my embarrassment had egg dripped on the front, running shoes and a cap rimmed with old sweat, and I …

  • Published
    February 7, 2010

    The inconspicuous among us

    After a big snow, have you ever wondered who it was that cleared your street? How early did they have to get up to go to work? Did someone fix them breakfast and send them off with a thermos of hot coffee? When the school bus arrives to pick up the children don’t we expect it to be safe and warm? But do we consider that the driver arrived in the frozen dark of a January morning to start the reluctant engine to …

  • Published
    January 10, 2010

    To make known the unknown

    I read these three lines recently: What we know we know. What we know we don’t know. What we don’t know we don’t know. That last one is my favorite. We don’t even know what we don’t know! Is it any wonder then that we are so baffled when trying to answer the questions why am I here and what is my purpose? They’re good questions and having considered them I believe that our purpose, the human purpose, is to make …

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