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Religion

  • A presidential fare thee well

     Saying goodbye is never easy. Even when one believes that endings are openings to new beginnings, goodbye is a word that sticks in our throat. So many thoughts and feelings emerge, converge and draw tenderness and toughness into a complicated embrace. Memories come to the surface, good and bad alike. Regrets join the company, creating a sharp edge and an intake of breath. Should haves, would haves, could haves cannot be completely erased. Perhaps that is a good thing.

  • To read résumés and do interviews is both art and science

     I recall reading an article about reading résumés and doing interviews. Because my grandchildren are immersed in job searches, it caught my attention. Perhaps I could find suggestions to offer them, easing their way through the process and empowering them to enhance their presentations to result in ultimate success. “When the final interview looms large, everyone is, or seems to be, equally qualified” I read. I paid close attention to the two questions the author (whose name escapes me) always asked the final candidates.

  • Look beyond the image you see and view the person in plain sight

     

     

  • Birthing the God within

     Whenever I read the Matthean infancy narrative I feel the anguish of two good people who were flying in the face of the law and customs of their people. Here was an unwed mother trying to tell her fiancé that she is pregnant — but not with his child — and is, as well, still a virgin. Three facts, one more astoundingly incredible than the other, were his to swallow.

  • What gifts can we give to God's people?

     Christmas season is hard upon us. Long weeks of jingling bells, canned carols, red and green ornamented store aisles have filled this time with advertised calls to buy … buy … buy. Little notice has been given to the presence of an Advent expectancy, a waiting time spent in remembering as well as preparing for renewed birth.

  • All great religion is about what we do with our pain

      

    James Finley’s statement about great religion and pain asks us to recognize “suffering as suffering and transform our suffering into mindfulness, compassion, peace, and liberation.  … The teachings of the Buddha were not to escape from life, but to help us relate to ourselves and the world as thoroughly as possible.” 

  • Life’s serendipity bears serious attention

     In 1754, Horace Walpole coined a word from the title of a fairy tale, “The Three Princes of Serendip.” It tells the tales of heroeswho“were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of.” Life, then, became replete with these events … but only for those with eyes to see!

  • Life’s serendipity bears serious attention

     In 1754, Horace Walpole coined a word from the title of a fairy tale, “The Three Princes of Serendip.” It tells the tales of heroeswho“were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of.” Life, then, became replete with these events … but only for those with eyes to see!

  • Five hundred years of conflict evokes community

     I had a column written and ready to send when a monumental event occurred. Many may have missed it in the flurry of early voting and pre-election discussions and arguments. 

  • Five hundred years of conflict evokes community

     I had a column written and ready to send when a monumental event occurred. Many may have missed it in the flurry of early voting and pre-election discussions and arguments.