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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August 26 , 2020 /

GETTING BACK ON TRACK

Four years ago I wrote a post “Getting Back On Track” and I have used it frequently enough to warrant a slight revision that I offer here for your consideration. Everyone I know has had some kind of event that has thrown us off track, hopefully temporarily.  It’s not easy to resume, like pushing the

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August 17 , 2020 /

UNDERSTANDING RACISM

There are many covert as well overt practices that contribute to racism today in the United States. There are some white people who seem not to be able, or willing, to acknowledge the bias of white privilege.  It may be easier for them to blame others rather than accept any responsibility for many of the

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August 8 , 2020 /

LOVE IS

Those of us limited to the English language have this word, love, which gets used for loving everything from ourselves to another person, to our families, to our dogs and cats and horses, to our cars and other material things, to the essence of nature itself.  And then there’s the religious dimension expressed in various

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