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jill-jepson's picture
Dec.11.2013
One of the most transformative experiences of my life was the brief time I spent at Eiheiji Monastery in Japan in the fall of 1971. Eiheiji introduced me, at a very young age, to the simplicity, tranquility, and quiet of monastic life and, in some ways, got me started on the path I still follow (a...
michael-warren's picture
Dec.02.2013
I remember a sparkling time that used to exist in American society when I was a boy but disappeared when I went to war. This time of spirit began about two weeks after Thanksgiving. A holly wreath would suddenly appear on the aluminum-foil-covered front door of a neighbor’s house. The mailman would...
randy-kadish's picture
Nov.25.2013
http://www.amazon.com/Caster-Tried-Peace-World-ebook/dp/B002UKOWL6/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1358317899&sr=8-8&keywords=Randy+kadish Making peace with the world, sooner or later most of us have to. But how? For Ian Mac Bride, his way begins almost accidentally when, in 1909, he watches a...
mark-j-janssen's picture
Nov.22.2013
Thank you, Sylvia Browne. Thank you, thank you. Like most writers I had expected to make today’s subject where I was on November 22, 1963, when I heard that President Kennedy had been shot. I was in the alley between school and church. I had just run back to school from lunch at home. A few...
mark-j-janssen's picture
Nov.16.2013
This is not my plan. Life is not going the way I expected. How many times a day do you find yourself thinking this? Sometimes it feels like my mantra. I find myself repeating it all day. Even a few days in a row. Then life changes.When I was a child I had a plan for my life. The only thing...
jill-jepson's picture
Nov.11.2013
There is a famous Zen saying: "The snow falls, each flake in its place." We go through life experiencing events that often seem random, chaotic, and meaningless. Things happen. We react. We struggle to make sense of it all, but the workings of the world seem so large, so confusing, so beyond our...
tracy-ewens's picture
Nov.09.2013
  I'm pretty sure there is a God.  I'm also confident Jesus was a special person that had a huge impact on humankind.  He seems to have lived a noble life we can learn from. That's my take on the institution that is religion, those three sentences. I don't go to church, I'm not...
mark-j-janssen's picture
Nov.09.2013
This week I saw my future and my past. It is so exciting that I find myself jumping up and down and barely able to maintain any semblance of patience with the present. In the summer a friend’s daughter and grandchildren came to visit. We went out for lunch with the enchanting trio. My friend’s...
jill-jepson's picture
Oct.28.2013
Characters are everything. You can’t even come close to a good story without strong characters. Plot comes out of character. Tension comes out of character. At the root of your story is character, character, character. It isn’t hard to draw a so-so character. Pick genders, ages, ethnicities. Figure...
suellen-ocean's picture
Oct.11.2013
A Crypto Jew is someone who practices Judaism in secret while professing another religious faith. There was a lot of fear about being a Jew in Europe during the 14th, 15th, 16th century and in the 1700s, in North America, Jews were expelled from the Louisiana Territory. In Europe, when the Spanish...