Happy 2021! Yesterday, besides my New Year’s Day traditions of doing a visioning session with my spiritual center and making a meal of black eyed peas (chili), greens, and cornbread (cookies), I was really into re-reading the book and working on lesson plans for the literature class that I start teaching again next Tuesday. So … More The 12-ish Gifts of 2020: Faith Communities
In retrospect, I should have expected that 2020 might not be the healthiest year since when the bells were ringing in the New Year, I heard them from inside the ambulance that was going to bring me to the Emergency Room. I had made the mistake of eating a cookie that I didn’t realize contained … More The 12-ish Gifts of 2020, New Year’s Eve Edition: Fiction, Faith, Food, and HAMILTON
Three students who grew up homeschooling together (along with my son) started playing music together a few years ago. Even though they are all attending college, they have continued playing together on holidays in a band they named The Offbeats. They specialize in playing family-friendly classic rock. While this is mostly just a hobby and … More Free, Family Friendly, Live Streaming Concert to Benefit Pay-what-you-can Cafe
I Hear America SingingWalt Whitman I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear,Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe and strong,The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam,The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work,The boatman singing what belongs to … More A Happy 4th of July–Really!
I hope you’ve had an opportunity to take my advice from my post on Friday and to unwind some this weekend. I know I have. I watched Falsettos Friday night, which brought back lots of memories about the early ’80’s, both good and back. I wasn’t in love with the first act, but I laughed … More Free Movies for the Moment
Happy socially-distant Memorial Day! As I stated earlier, most of our traditional Memorial Day things are off this year. But I did take a walk in our local cemetery this morning where the VFW had placed flags by the graves of all the veterans, and I looked at them and tried to send a spiritual … More Meatless Monday: Memorial Day
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
Sundays are the days when the majority, although certainly not all, of religions or spiritual communities in the United States have their major services or gatherings. As in so many organizations, these institutions are struggling to continue serving their communities in a digital way that protects public health and safety and abides by increasingly strict … More Social Media Sunday