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It is a difficult question, I know. What Assad has done to his own people is terrifying and inexcusable. What the U.S. did to the innocent citizens of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was equally terrifying and… “But it ended the war,” you say. Did it? Does violence ever end violence? Do we ever learn...
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OK, so this is all a little weird to me. My first blog as a blogger with BeliefNet. And, it feels like I'm starting all over. Which of course I am. Which makes it all the weirder. Which of course it is. I mean, how do you just start up a new blog? I've been blogging for the Huffington Post,...
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I love the story Nepo shares about the troubled man who visits a sage seeking advice. Confused and suffering, the sage looked deeply into his soul and then said, “You may have either a map or a boat. Which shall I give you?” Looking around at the many other sojourners, all of whom looked equally...
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When I think back to my unexpected awakening, what I humorously describe as the "conversion-on-the-couch," I still laugh in sheer disbelief. To imagine that an experience of the Divine could take place in such an ordinary circumstance is downright laughable. Yet, I have learned that this is often...
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  In Shakespeare's Richard III, there are those words. "Now is the winter of our discontent..." Those are the opening words of the play and serve as the backdrop to the portrait of Richard as a discontented man--unhappy in a world he believes conspires against him continually. I know the...
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"I want to know the mind of God," said Albert Einstein. I do, too. But, for much of my adult life, knowing God...knowing mind...feeling a sense of connectedness to something grander than myself escaped me. Then, one day, something happened to me and I made a remarkable...