October 4 , 2019 /

THIRTEEN MILES

I turn left off Highway #64, 75 miles north of Santa Fe onto Forest Road 151.  13 miles ahead, at the end of a single-lane, dirt road, lay my destination, a Benedictine monastery where I will spend the next three days, reading, writing, reflecting, meditating, walking and enjoying the surrounding desert landscape bordered by magnificent

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September 28 , 2019 /

SO, WHAT DO YOU DO?

One of the first questions most often asked when meeting someone new is an attempt to identify the person by his or her job.  One of my favorite stories is about Reuel Howe, a professor of theology and author, who was met with this question by his seat mate on an airplane.  “So, what do

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September 19 , 2019 /

THEN AND NOW

As an 82-year-old, I have a perspective on living conditions then and now because how I lived then is different from how I live now. I appreciate the differences. Then there were no digital devices on which to rely for communication, storage or photos, etc. Now there is a plethora of computers, chips and bytes,

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August 31 , 2019 /

CHOICES AND DECISIONS – WHY AND HOW

Every day we have this privilege to decide how we will spend or invest it, how we will give ourselves over to it through time, energy, effort, thought, feelings and perhaps most visible of all, behavior.  For starters, do you consider this day a privilege or a gift or is it more of a job

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August 24 , 2019 /

STEPPING INTO THE UNKNOWN

Many people refer to stepping into the unknown as a leap of faith.  It’s true that to jump you need to believe you will either be caught or have a soft landing.  Letting go of the known for the unknown requires courage, confidence and for many people a belief that there is indeed a greater

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August 17 , 2019 /

LOOKING BACK LOOKING AHEAD

Positioned in the present, here is a brief public, personal and professional review and forecast.  The past, at least up to 2010, was reviewed summarily in the little book, “Seven Decades: A Learning Memoir” (River House Press, 2013).  There was much left out, details and stories that didn’t seem to fit into the scheme of

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