Juneteenth 2020

I couldn’t help it. I literally laughed out loud this week when I read in the Washington Post that Donald Trump had announced: “I did something good: I made Juneteenth very famous,” Trump told [Wall Street Journal journalist Michael] Bender. “It’s actually an important event, an important time. But nobody had ever heard of it.” … More Juneteenth 2020

A New J.K. Rowling Book? It’s Just What We Need During Coronavirus Time

In the best news I’ve heard in quite a while, today that international treasure, J.K. Rowling, announced that she was going to release a new book she has written, a chapter or two at at time, every weekday starting today and running  through July 10th. It is a children’s story called The Ickabog, and it … More A New J.K. Rowling Book? It’s Just What We Need During Coronavirus Time

Mother’s Day Reading: Circe by Madeline Miller

The literature classes that I teach for middle and high school students ended this week, and Sunday is Mother’s Day. I decided to acknowledge these two occasions by staying in bed late this morning to finish reading a wonderful book, Circe by Madeline Miller. In The Odyssey, Circe, the so-called “witch of Aiaia,” is one … More Mother’s Day Reading: Circe by Madeline Miller

Online Talk Series on Combining Spiritual Practice and Social Activism Starts Tonight

I hear a lot of people say, especially during this time of global pandemic, that they don’t follow the news because if they do, they can’t maintain their spiritual mindset. But is that true? Does a deep engagement in spiritual practice require turning away from the ills of society? After all, two of the greatest … More Online Talk Series on Combining Spiritual Practice and Social Activism Starts Tonight

Synchronicity

It is Day 4 of the Shannon Plummer and Bob Sima “Music as Spiritual Practice” experience, and today’s practice is Stillness. I have to say this morning’s activity had a little less impact on me personally than the previous days because I do follow a pretty consistent pattern of building stillness experiences into my day … More Synchronicity