Archive | November, 2015

Thankful (for fourteen billion years of prep!)

Scientist estimate that the universe worked for 14 billion years to get ready for humans. Rather than ask yourself, “Am I worthy of my dreams? Do I deserve a happy life? Am I good enough to go for it? ” ask the more powerful questions: Are my goals and dreams worthy of ME? Are they more »

How to deal with Disappointment (during the holidays and always)

Sometimes the holidays disappoint us.  Many people find themselves with more, or less company than they anticipated, and others feel sad or frustrated with the lack of perfection.  When we burn the main course, our teenagers leave the table angry, or our favorite uncle gets too drunk (again!), we often say this: “I am disappointed more »

The Bible and The Qur’an: Quotes to Ponder

  As a writer researcher, I usually force myself to read at least two books on a subject before I write about it. I would like the entire world to stop, and read the entire Bible and the Qur’an twice,  before any further commentaries or opinions about faith practices are bandied about. In the meantime, I more »

When the World is Running Down

When the world is running down,  you make the best of what’s still around. As that classic Sting song went through my mind yesterday, I imagined the world, running down; terrorist victims, starved and abused children, (in the time it takes you to read this post, ten more kids will be die from hunger, about more »

in my name?

I think if the Buddha, Jesus, God and Allah were to come back to earth, they would spend most of their time saying: No, no, that’s not what I meant. I never said that. I didn’t mean it that way! I didn’t write that. Well, yes, I might have said that, but it was like more »

Right time, right place, right speech

Recently I made a promise in my faith community to engage in right speech. (On the way home, I gossiped of course, experiencing the usual instant failure that occurs right after a big commitment, before you get the hang of it.) After I hung up the phone, stopping the conversation with a joke about my more »

The Sounds of Freedom

The engine on my train yesterday morning was so loud that it hurt my ears.   After a few minutes of complaining to myself, I remembered that it was Veteran’s Day. I realized that I was very fortunate to be bothered by a engine whine, as I thought about the sounds endured by warriors. In more »

The real price of Dreams

If you hold your hands in the prayer position, and then interlace your fingers, you will find that either your right or your left pinkie ends up on the outside. If you switch this, putting your opposite pinkie on the outside, you will feel slight discomfort, a vague, bothersome feeling of unfamiliarity. Experts in neuroscience more »

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