(Originally written June 2007)
A beautiful woman died the other day. And, for my own life, I have no reason at all to complain.
Jacqui was to turn 28 in a month or so. She was a gorgeous, petite girl with striking eyes and auburn hair. She was filled with love and with an amazing energy for life. She was married just under 2 years to a wonderful man. But, she died. Of cancer. Read the rest of this entry »
I hate to admit this, but there’s a side of me that sometimes enjoys the idea of oncoming disaster.
Maybe I’m too detached and numbed by the virtual world of movies and television, where a 10.5 earthquake sends California into the ocean or an ice Read the rest of this entry »
(This is a feature I wrote for Good News Magazine back in 2000)
How Alzheimer’s other victims have loved, persevered and come to terms with one of life’s most dehumanizing diseases.
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Here’s another life lesson I had as a kid that has left a significant mark on who I am today. In my early teens and at various other periods growing up, I was the victim of a lot of “persecution” by my peers…teasing. The persecution came in a lot of forms, some physical with bullies, but I guess most of it was verbal–name-calling, etc. Read the rest of this entry »
There are certain works of art that have a lifetime impact on you. At least for me. They literally shape who you are. Reading Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Madeline L’Engle as a kid could qualify. Reading Plato in high school was significant for me (if that qualifies as art). One of the most epic encounters with a work of art Read the rest of this entry »
(Originally written just prior to the 4th of July)
Jean Valjean was “a very dangerous man.”
That was the description written about him on the yellow passport he carried. After nineteen years of horrible imprisonment for the small crime of stealing a loaf of bread, he was set free. But, although now outside the prison walls, he knew he was still a prisoner, and the paper he carried proved that to all he encountered. Read the rest of this entry »
(Note: This may seem a departure from the typical theme of this blog, but given the recent rash of mass shootings, I though it appropriate to re-print an article I wrote several years ago on the subject. Specifically my analysis considers the spiritual origins and causes of such violence. The context of the Read the rest of this entry »