Work, Spirituality, and the Pandemic Effects 

Photo Credit: I’m sure you have become aware of the debate gaining popularity about limiting the work week to four days from five.  Jonathan Malesic, a religious studies scholar and author of The End of Burnout, has offered some cogent advice, based on philosophy, psychology, and spirituality for consideration toward a four day work week.  But even discussing... Continue Reading →

A Writer’s Life and the Pursuit of Happiness 

One of my favorite syndicated columnists is George Will, The Washington Post’s master of laconic prose gilded in superb expression, no matter how obnoxious, puerile and spiteful the politics he comments on happen to be.  He can make the Grim Reaper sound like a welcome party guest! So when I saw Will’s recent lengthy essay titled, “The Pursuit... Continue Reading →

Does Misery Really Love Company? 

Photo Credit: Did you know there is a National Pain Week?  I heard it took place last week but according to other sources it was September 7 through 11 and opened with panache in Las Vegas with a large convention of medical professionals.  For me, personally, it was last week! I celebrated pain week with abundance... Continue Reading →

The Blessings of the High Holy Days

Photo credit: This week, our Jewish brothers and sisters will be commemorating and celebrating the meaningful days of faith in Rosh Hashanah, September 6-7 and Yom Kippur, September 15-16.  At sunset on September 6, the shofar, or ram’s horn, will summon the faithful to their synagogues for prayer to begin the religious new year prayer... Continue Reading →

Finding Lily: A Gift During Covid

Photo Credit: Sisters of Charity                A puppy is a puppy is a puppy.                He’s probably in a basket with a bunch                      of other puppies.                Then he’s a little older and he’s nothing                      but a bundle of longing.                 He doesn’t even understand it.                  Then someone picks him up and says,                         “I want this one.”                                                             (Mary Oliver)... Continue Reading →

What To Do When You Can’t Do Anything

Photo credit: This past week has challenged our souls with the desire to help others immediately and generously. By ‘others’ I mean Haitians, the citizens of a nation so poor it has been called “the poorest nation in the Western hemisphere.” Haitians are eating dried grass and drinking dirty run off water. They are,... Continue Reading →

Grace, Kindness and What Olympians Can Teach Us

I’m guessing you are as distressed as I am these days with the behavior of our fellow-citizens refusing to abide by CDC guidelines putting at risk all others around them, especially children.  The resultant violent reactions are also frightening and sometimes life threatening.  One can hardly turn on the news without being assaulted by the fighting, cursing,... Continue Reading →

Looking for God in Your Laptop?

I’m sure you are like me and wonder about the connection between our need for technology and our obsession with it. I’m part of the generation who opted to live in the library during my college years and even in my teaching years as well. All the answers were there and it took all day... Continue Reading →

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