Year: 2015

Get Real

I’ll turn this thought over to a couple fellows brighter than I’ll ever be. SØren Kierkegaard wrote, “A person with originality comes along, and consequently does not say: one must take the world as it is, but: whatever the world

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The San Bernardino Massacre

I’ve been missing church a lot due to Zoë’s weekend softball tournaments. But with the fall season concluded, I attended a service last Sunday, about ten days after the San Bernardino massacre. As we also live in Southern California,  I supposed

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Begin With the Spirit

When I moved back to my hometown of San Diego from Chico, California, I left behind a tenured professorship. My kids lived with me and cost plenty. So I started teaching all around. One semester, I was teaching 9 classes

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Thanks A Lot, Donald Trump

My financial life story in a nutshell: I had a small sum in an IRA, earning no interest, so I decided to invest in something. I like Starbucks. Good coffee. A unique and sound business model. Shares at a price

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What Would Jesus Do?

Jesus would tell a story. When my son Cody was 14 and more troubled than I can write about and keep from feeling my heart break all over again, I gave him a Bible. I had only recently begun attending

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To Hell with Family Values 1

First, a disclaimer. I have three kids and one grandson and am devoted to them all. But when Christian values are considered as synonymous with family values, I cringe. If you wonder why, read on, the answer will appear sooner

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Demons?

Edward Hirsch’s book The Demon and the Angel is devoted to enlightening us, often through the insights of master writers. about the spirit that moves us. Hirsch reports that Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote in his Journals, “Blessed is the day

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How to Love On Paper, Part One

The view from my back yard used to be a treasure. We looked out over all the brown hills and valleys between us and the San Diego/Tijuana border. On clear days with breeze from the east we could see the

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Angels?

An anecdote about the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke tells of his being invited by his friend the psychologist Karl Jung to undertake psychotherapy. Rilke declines the offer, saying “I’m afraid if my demons go, my angels will go with

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If You Build It, He Will Come

Bill Kinsella wrote a fine novel called Shoeless Joe that got made into a movie called Field of Dreams. The premise of the story has become a popular phrase: “If you build it, he will come.” It’s one of those

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