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Five Minute Read

What Will The Future Bring?

A question as old as time. In moments of peace and well-being, this query occupies less of our thinking. But historically, in times of political, emotional, and spiritual chaos our eyes turn with anxious hope to the future, particularly when apocalyptic fears multiply. This question was asked by the people of Israel when subjected to […]

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Four Minute Read

Cruelty Has Never Made Me Smile

I remember crying and running from the room as the small black and white television in my grandmother’s home beamed a fuzzy rendition of men beating each other to a pulp on “Live Wrestling.” The year was around 1963 and I was five years old. My Dad (a gentle man) and my grandfather (a brawler […]

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Seven Minute Read

From Fundamentalism to Freedom

It is still a shock to my system when I encounter a person who is fundamentalist or evangelical. The experience is much like a friend of mine who served in Vietnam when he would have a flashback. Psychologist Marlene Winell has coined a term for the devastating effects on those of us who have left […]

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Six Minute Read

My Top Ten Books of the Decade

You can tell a lot about a person by knowing the books they read—and particularly the books that impact their lives. That is one reason I love the goodreads.com community. Founded in 2006, the online community provides a world of insight into my fellow book lovers. For a person that is a voracious reader, Goodreads […]

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Two Minute Read

I Have A Mental Illness (Well, sort of)

I read books every day. It’s a sickness. I’ve tried therapy but I’m afraid it’s untreatable. It may be hard to believe, but for fifty-six of my sixty-one years, I have rarely if ever missed a day. Over these past five decades, a reading cycle has emerged. I read for sheer pleasure in bed at […]

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Five Minute Read

FOMO

Now that Gina and I have returned to civilization and downtown living after almost five years in the isolated wilderness of the Appalachian foothills, we have coined a new phrase. FOMO. It’s an acrostic for the Fear of Missing Out. To adequately place this in a proper perspective, you must know that our country home […]

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Two Minute Read

Quest: A Way To Enjoy The Second Half of Life

 A Gathering at Kalien Each participant will be guided in: —opportunities for physical experience(s): meditation walks, vision quests, communal meals, wine tasting, secret rite, ceremonies, and more. (participant chooses their preferred types of physical experiences) —creating a personal circle of life —bringing an item of personal significance —a guided sacred ceremony (at Cinqwani) —culinary experiences […]

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Four Minute Read

Why This Creative Fled The Church

In the past three decades over five million white adults have left the church. These stark numbers come from recent surveys by Pew and National Opinion Research. Five million. Evangelicals have represented a huge majority of the American population throughout history and in 1991, white Christians constituted about 75% of all adults. But in three […]

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Five Minute Read

Ten Crucial Steps To Keep Trump and Zuckerburg Away From Your Privates

1) Stop Using Google Now—If you use Gmail and use Google to search the web, Google knows more about you than any other institution. And that goes double if you use other Google services like Google Maps, Waze, Google Docs, etc.”   Tips:   I use DuckDuckGo for search because it’s advertised not to track […]

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Four Minute Read

Finding Freedom and Clarity in A World of Chaos

We live in a chaotic world. America had 251 mass shootings (in which four or more people were shot) in the first 216 days of 2019. During our leisure time, not counting work, each of us processes 34 gigabytes, or 100,000 words, every day. The world’s 21,274 television stations produce 85,000 hours of original programming […]