In A Different Light

A few weeks ago a dear friend told me a story that a friend had told him. Here is an account of what he heard Robert McNamara say: “Robert McNamara described a personal experience that Lyndon Baines Johnson had that taught the President what life can be like for people who are the targets of…

Spielberg’s Special Gifts

I enjoy going to the movies. It’s a little old-fashioned but there’s an extra energy that goes along with seeing films on a big screen in the company of other people. This month I wanted to see both A WRINKLE IN TIME (mentioned in last week’s post) and Steven Spielberg’s READY PLAYER ONE. For me Spielberg’s…

Life Is Like A Sonnet

In her book, A WRINKLE IN TIME, Madeleine L’Engle has included one of the best and clearest ways to answer this question – “Do we have free will or are our lives determined by forces outside ourselves? Do we have control over how we live our lives or does Fate run things?” In the West…

How Things Work Out

Sometimes it seems as though there’s just no way to get what we need – or want. With today’s headlines, it’s certainly hard to see how things will turn out okay for us, our country, and our world. But then there are stories like the one my daughter told me this week. She lives in…

Mr. T. H.

Mystics, saints, and sages know that living with compassion is of enormous value. And so do many people who visit “heaven” because of a Near Death Experience and who return with descriptions of a dimension filled with warm welcome, kindness, and love. We are caught in a culture that does not put these generous qualities on…

The Boat Of Eternal Return

By Stephanie Rayner Boats are like Shamans – they move between worlds. Being of neither world they glide over the taut membranes that separate the Opposites Throughout time and disparate cultures it is the boat that has provided mytho-religious passage across the dark straits that separate the living from the dead Being gently rocked by…

Wonder Woman’s Love

There’s a lot to enjoy in movies about super heroes: special powers, superhuman abilities, sweeping shifts in space and time – and happy endings. In the new Wonder Woman there’s a little more. Along with the standard swashbuckling action, battles, danger, deaths, and fast action special effects, it presents the idea that the hero is…

A New Story For This Time

Stories, so many stories. And, there are so many kinds of stories – myths, fables, fairy tales, parables, news stories, yarns, personal accounts, and more. Whether it’s one person’s point of view or a collective outlook, there’s always a perspective when a story is told. Arthur Deikman published this personal account in 1976: “Something is…

Was It My Father’s Spirit?

By Carolyn Rapp My father, Oscar, loved big band music – swing music from the ‘30s and ‘40s. Of all the great bands of that era, his favorite was Les Brown and His Band of Renown. When he died at 82, his enthusiasm was as strong as it had been when he was a teenager….

“I’ll teach you to hit!”

BY  BILL DILLON My title for this post comes from an incident I witnessed about 60 years ago when I was a college undergraduate working evenings as a cashier in a supermarket. A young mother came through my checkout aisle with her six-year-old and four-year-old boys. The boys got into an altercation over something and…

One Man’s Search for Kindness

The Dalai Lama has said that his religion is kindness. Leon Logothetis is a wild example of living the religion of kindness – giving and receiving kindness. Many people already know about Leon, a former London stockbroker who so disliked his work that he made a radical change in his life. I would not have…

How To Recover From Too Much Screen Time

Let’s begin with a story from Fred Hageneder: “As a teenager, a stupid but provocative remark upset me so much that, thinking I could bear life no longer, I set off on my bicycle in search of solitude. I sat down among the scattered birch trees of the wetlands, overwhelmed by despondency. After a while,…