December 13 , 2020 /

VOICE FROM THE DESERT

I live in a desert environment, and I take periodic, personal retreats, some in the desert, some in the mountains, some on water.  The natural, external environment is important to me and the internal environment even more so. My most recent 3-day experience was on a ranch on the outskirts of Tucson. I went there

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December 7 , 2020 /

Q4

The first category of a 4th  quarter, which looms large in some households, is in a sport that measures the length of a game by quarters, football and basketball being the more obvious.  That 4th quarter is often the defining one when one team or the other maintains a lead to win, falls behind to

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November 29 , 2020 /

ADVENT AND LIGHT

The word advent comes from the Latin prefix ‘ad-‘ meaning ‘to’ and the root ‘venire’ meaning ‘come’. The English word is derived from the Latin ‘adventus’ meaning ‘arrival’. Advent in the Christian tradition is preparation for the arrival of Christmas and includes the 4 Sundays and weeks leading up to the celebration of the birth

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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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