Monthly Archives: November 2013

On Giving Thanks

Most human traditions celebrate the harvest as a time of thanks giving. George Washington proclaimed the first nation-wide thanksgiving celebration in America marking November 26, 1789, “as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with … Continue reading

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The Virtues of Mountain Climbing

You cannot stay on the summit forever; you have to come down again. So why bother in the first place? Because what is below does not know what is above, but what is above knows what is below. One climbs, … Continue reading

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Stand Up or Die

I’ve got a challenge for you. It came about thus. Watching a somewhat stiff Aktis lift himself onto his legs from lying on the ground reminded me of when Kestra started showing the same sad stiffness of motion, the inescapable … Continue reading

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Cold Comforts: Dogs, Death, and Saying What We Can

In the last few months, several friends have had to suffer letting go of their dogs. What do you say to a friend grieving the loss of their dog? For that matter, what do we say to comfort ourselves when … Continue reading

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Tom Waits and the Path of Desire

There’s no prayer like desire. – Tom Waits How tantalizing his emphatic juxtaposition of the high and the low, the sacred and the erotic, along with his intimation that our desires are a way—powerful like no other—to union with the divine. … Continue reading

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