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November 22 , 2020 /

GRATIA PLENA

In a recent conversation, my friend, Kumud Ajmani, host and moderator of #SpiritChat on Twitter, invited me to write a blog post on Gratia Plena (full of grace). That came near the end of a brief exchange that Kumud initiated with an email that began with these words: “I went researching ‘Gratia Plena’ and found

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November 18 , 2020 /

GLITCH IN THE SYSTEM

Most of us know first-hand about glitches that disrupt the smooth running of anything from a computer to a giant insurance company, to a corporate blunder in production (think recalls), to our own lives in matters of relationships, work, health or travel. My point in writing about this experience is not so much to describe

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November 13 , 2020 /

PEST

POST ELECTION STRESS TEST:   Yes, that’s right.  The election this past November 3, ten days ago, illustrated full on what we already knew, that this country is polarized, divided and fractured. And it’s still not officially over.  The political divisions are significant because they are along race, class and ethnic lines;  influenced by socio-economic conditions,

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November 1 , 2020 /

MEASURING TIME

This piece was inspired not by changing clocks but being changed by them, moving AZ from the Pacific Zone to the Mountain Zone while our clocks stayed the same. Whether you use a metronome, a calendar or a clock, most people set about measuring and keeping track of time one way or another.   We cannot

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October 26 , 2020 /

OUR BETTER SELVES

Several conversations this past week have centered around the notion of our better selves, how we see ourselves and whether or not we are interested in evolving to a better version of who we are.  What I believe about that is probably for me the most important piece as it will determine how I choose

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October 18 , 2020 /

THE GREAT AMERICAN EXPERIMENT ON TRIAL

We just watched the film, “The Trial of the Chicago 7” and I highly recommend you have a look if you haven’t seen it.  While there is some debate about the merit of the film, what came through for me is what James Berardinelli said in his review: “In his screenplay, Sorkin does a masterful

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October 12 , 2020 /

MAKING THE WORLD BETTER

I continue to observe our behaviors as human beings through learning and understanding how people develop over time, or in some cases, don’t.  I have looked at how we think, what motivates us, how we acquire our values and beliefs and why we do what we do. I worked in schools, universities and hospitals. I

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October 10 , 2020 /

SHEDDING AND SHREDDING

Although it’s Fall here in the northern hemisphere and the deciduous tree leaves change color and fall off in preparation for new growth, this is not about a favorite season.  There may however, be some similarities and I will trust you will be able to see what those are between the shedding of leaves and

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October 4 , 2020 /

A PERSONAL ENCOUNTER

As some of you know, I have a long history with civil rights and the issues surrounding race relations in these Disunited States.  I have written about it previously, documented some of my experience in the 60’s and posted another piece recently here, “Understanding Racism.” This one is a revision and update of a blog

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