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Experiencing Joy

Wednesday, December 26, 2012      22 comments

Last week I posted a blog about perfect joy. It was a story about St Francis and one his fellow travelers discussing what perfect joy might feel like. If you would like to see the whole exchange, you can read that blog at: http://www.sparkp... Read more

Why Jesus Came

Tuesday, December 25, 2012      15 comments

Many years ago, a pastor of ours, preached a Christmas sermon. In it he challenged us to allow the sweet baby Jesus to leave the manger and to grow into the man who’d saved us. He went on to say that many of us kept that Christmas tableau all ye... Read more

To My Friends

Monday, December 24, 2012      19 comments

Blessings to each of you this holiday season. However you choose to celebrate and honor this day I hope it not only meets but exceeds your expectations. If I began thanking each of you for all the wonderful gifts you give me each day of my life... Read more

No Matter What You Call It Addiction Is Still Addiction

Friday, December 21, 2012      25 comments

Some of us are hard wired to trade one excess for another. We struggle with emotional and compulsive eating, develop many bad habits, deal with chronic health conditions, and end up generally feeling unhappy and frustrated. We become activ... Read more

Perfect Joy

Wednesday, December 19, 2012      11 comments

This has been one of my favorite stories for many years. It's the story of Francis, Leo and the meaning of joy. It's mt gift to you this holiday season. Namaste dear ones. "One winter day St. Francis was coming to St. Mary of the Angels fr... Read more

Every Time I Want To Give Up I..............

Saturday, December 15, 2012      22 comments

Remember our son John. He graduates from college today with his bachelors degree in science. He is "a computer geek." He wears that title proudly. He's also 37 going on 38. Four years ago he lost his job. The company he worked for closed th... Read more

Looking Ahead

Friday, December 14, 2012      14 comments

Every year, between Thanksgiving and Christmas I take some time to reflect on what I accomplished this past year and what I am looking forward to in the next year. I shut down the computers, turn off the cell phone and let everyone near and dear... Read more

Can We Take The Time To Become Someones Hope?

Sunday, December 09, 2012      19 comments

(If you are looking for warm and fuzzy, soft, uplifting and encouraging this day please stop reading. This blog is designed to make you (and me) very uncomfortable, introspective and finally moved to take some sort of action. I warned ya.) ... Read more

Pronoia: The Art of Making Life Better :)

Thursday, December 06, 2012      18 comments

We all have our morning rituals. Mine involves a bit of prayer, a bit of meditation and then I read from the revised and expanded “Pronoia Is the Antidote for Paranoia” by Rob Brezsny. It’s one of those books you can sit on your lap, and page th... Read more

"Don't It Always Seem To Go, You Dont Know What You've Got Till It's Gone."

Monday, December 03, 2012      22 comments

It all started when I made the decision switch from peanut butter to cream cheese on my whole grain, low fat waffle. I made the move because, after all, cream cheese has less calories and peanut butter. A day later, I noticed a weird rash develo... Read more

Well Dad.......... You Asked

Monday, November 26, 2012      29 comments

It all started when Tim walked in the door Thursday morning. “You cut your hair!!” Katie exclaimed. “And you trimmed your beard.” “I’m seeing someone on Saturday,” he responded. “You have a date?” I asked. They all looked at me like I’d said s... Read more

The Life That Remains

Wednesday, November 21, 2012      28 comments

Watching someone die is not romantic. Paint all the portraits of angels and Jesus welcoming you home with outstretched arms and a glowing smile you want, I've never met an... Read more

The Scale

Sunday, November 18, 2012      30 comments

That darned old scale!!! Just when we think we have it all figured out and we can predict its every movement, every bob and weave; from clear out of nowhere it throws a curve ball, high and tight. Sometimes we stand and stare at it, often with a... Read more

Stand Still

Thursday, November 15, 2012      21 comments

I heard Tara Brach read this poem the other day during her weekly podcast. It reminded me so much of the picture adjacent to it. Joans Uncle Bill would sit on that bench a... Read more

A Top 10 List

Tuesday, November 13, 2012      13 comments

The Top 10 things about time and space that most people seem to forget... 10. You chose to be here and you knew what you were doing. 9. There are no "tests" and you're not being judged. 8. Everyone's doing their best, with what they ... Read more


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