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How We Interpret Life

Last weekend, when I was in AL, I read Pema Chödrön’s book When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times.  Chödrön is an American Buddhist nun and a resident teacher at Gampo Abbey, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, the first Tibetan monastery in North America established for Westerners. I wanted to share a personal (astonishing) discovery. […]

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God as Literary Character – Part 3

I’ve finished the book…meaning the book God: A Biography by Jack Miles. Here are the last of my jumbled-up thoughts for you to ponder on this beautiful, frozen Tuesday.  [It’s one of those days where the frost lines each skinny tree limb, giving the illusion that each massive tree could crack into a million pieces.] […]

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It’s no mistake that several of my posts in the last week have been about waiting and playing.  Can you tell ideas are percolating?  It’s true.  They have to simmer a while before I can put an outline down…then put pen to paper (or fingers to the keyboard).  I’m still stuck on bits of that […]

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Finding Purpose in Pain

I feel a little inept at commenting on poet Cairns’ book (The End of Suffering: Finding Purpose in Pain by Scott Cairns), simply because I’ve already dealt with the universal problem of suffering in Eve (for myself).  That statement sounds more grandiose than I intended.  “Dealt with suffering” is never as final as a door […]

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I Just Don’t Understand God Sometimes

Okay, so I’ve promised you I would take you along (drag you along?) on my journey of learning and discovery, and as I’ve just started Christopher J. H. Wright’s The God I Don’t Understand (I know, I know, I was supposed to be reading this all along, but with so many summer events intervening, I […]

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