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America: The Great Springtime

Tweet Even in life, death is all around us.  Stars are born and die, grass grows then withers; winter turns to spring, turns to summer, to autumn, and back again to winter.  Nothing stays.  Our life today will vanish tomorrow. We live in a time when we have no answers anymore.  Those who think they [...]

ICAN, Nuclear Weapons, & A Christian Nation

Tweet ICAN – the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons – was recently awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize for Peace. ICAN is a broad, inclusive campaign, focused on mobilizing civil society around the world to support the specific objective of negotiating a global nuclear weapon ban treaty. On July 7th, 2017, many of the world’s [...]

America & The World – A New Spiritual Civilization Being Born

Tweet Amid the fracturing of identities around the world, and the descent into political and social chaos here at home in America, a new world is being born. Seeds of a great new spiritual civilization are sprouting everywhere – in this place, in that place, in common circumstances, like the distant crowing of a cock [...]

August 6th, Again – Hiroshima

Tweet Another year passes.  We come around again, remembering the horror of Hiroshima. Meanwhile, on the horizon, pointed shapes sprout from the Earth, deadly black missiles mushrooming into sight here and there – North Korea, Russia, France, Great Britain, Pakistan, India, the United States, and other countries planning and secretly hoping to bring into bloom [...]

America As It Is Unfolding

Tweet Donald Trump and his insular, vicious narcissism. The Republican Health Care debacle, an attempt to pass a law that violates the health of tens of millions of Americans – for what? – for power, for prestige, for money, for an empty victory, for blatant ego – and seemingly no one in the corridors of [...]

Traveling to a New America – Reno, Nevada

Tweet Elizabeth and I were in Reno, Nevada, this past weekend, promoting my books and talking to people about their feelings about America. It was hot, but beautiful along the Truckee River which flows through the middle of town. “What’s your take on America at this time?” is the question we ask over and over [...]

Death, the Door, Here in America.

Tweet DEATH, THE DOOR The smell of death wafts upon the winds of the world. Death is at the heart of the world’s wounds. We can go our merry way, smartphones and superbowls, the stock market gyrating up and down, our eyes glued to our fluctuating fortunes, black Fridays bodies pushing and shoving into the [...]

The Withdrawal of Hope.

Tweet North Korea will soon be poised to send atomic bombs to the mainland United States. Our Congress is mulling, over and over, a Republican healthcare bill that would strip healthcare of tens of millions of our own citizens – all without the slightest regard for their welfare, and replace it with nothing, just bare [...]

The Multiverse & The Human Heart

Tweet The Multiverse is the term being thrown around these days by physicists and astrophysicists and philosophers and what have you – an answer to where the universe we live in has originated – a gigantic hub or spawner of universes like our own, infinite in number, which we cannot observe even with powerful telescopes [...]

Ralph Waldo Emerson: The Church, God, The Infinitude of the Private Man, & The Buddha

Tweet In his famous address delivered to the senior class at Divinity College, Cambridge, on July 15th, 1838, Ralph Waldo Emerson attacked the teachings of the Church of his day in such a confrontational way that it would be years before he would once again be invited back to talk. “As it appears to us,” [...]