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CROSSROADS
CROSSROADS
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Posted: 08-28-2017 05:05
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This summer, my wife and I had the opportunity to cruise aboard a historic schooner in Penobscot Bay, some of the most staggeringly beautiful waters of mid-coast Maine. We sailed amidst an archipelago laced with granite and spruce islands, broad bays and scenic harbors, the age-old mountains of Mount Desert rising from the sea in craggy grandeur to the north, while the Camden Hills remained ever visible to the west. One particular afternoon we beat across Blue Hill Bay on a course for Burnt Coat Harbor, a cleft at the bottom of Swan’s Island, and we sneaked in the “back door” around Stanley Point. This attractive, well-protected harbor was originally named “Brule Cote” by explorer Champlain in 1604, a name literally meaning “burnt coast”, bearing witness to the charred remains of a forest fire. Its name was later morphed by common usage and the dialect of lobstermen.


Jesus the Homeless
Jesus the Homeless
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Posted: 07-01-2017 05:57
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Pablo Picasso said “the purpose of art is to wash the dust of daily life off our souls”. But for what purpose? A cleansing? A reminder of what is truly important? A way to let the light of the soul shine forth? Or, to ready our souls for a touch from the grace of God?


Baseball Chatter
Baseball Chatter
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Posted: 04-28-2017 13:33
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As a former baseball player, when the page on the calendar flips to April, there is still a sense of excitement. Not so much for the start of another season, but for the memories of those starts to the seasons years ago and just how special were those times. The other day, as I approached an intersection with a right turn lane, I stopped and inched forward of the car next to me to look left. I caught the eyes of the passenger in the car and he looked right at me – a 10 or 12 year old boy, still young enough that his mother was driving him to baseball practice. His right elbow crooked and perched on the door of that open windowed car. The freckled face. The brown hair and eyes. The straight teeth. It was like staring into a mirror with a 50 year lag in reflection time. I smiled, then completed my turn and drove away.

 

 


Blind to the Truth
Blind to the Truth
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Posted: 02-28-2017 07:16
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Recently published in the paper of record were two letters that caught my attention – “we need to take a serious look at this very sobering report from the world’s climate experts - there is no longer any meaningful debate about the effects of human activity on our climate”; and “just when the need for stronger actions to mitigate the dangers of global warming are becoming more urgent, we have an administration that at best will do nothing" …and hasten "the looming disaster”.

While the dialogue may at times change when convenient from a hard-core climate denial to a more nuanced “uncertainty” about the extent to which human activity impacts the change that is occurring, in the end isn’t the result the same and our options precious few no matter who or what is to blame?

Below, I’ve juxtaposed recent headlines from this paper of record with the lyrics from “Blind to the Truth” a song written by Dan Fogelberg, words as relevant today as when first written nearly 30 years ago.


Pray. Now.
Pray. Now.
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Posted: 10-26-2016 08:37
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Over the summer and now continuing into fall, I find myself praying more – more frequently, more intentionally and more deeply. ‘Why’ is not really all that important - it can be simply explained by an overwhelming sense that the world seems to just need it right now, or perhaps it’s that things in the world are such that I feel I need it right now! Either way, it got me thinking a lot about the nature of prayer.

What Makes a Place Spiritual?
What Makes a Place Spiritual?
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Posted: 09-01-2016 15:15
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I have previously written here about churches and sacred spaces. I have always had a reverence for these places, their sacredness, their mysteries and in the case of actual buildings, the incredible commitment of resources and talents it took to conceive and construct them, even the most modest. It’s understandable that such undertakings are driven by strong faith, commitment and long-term vison. Upon entering these buildings one immediately experiences them as sacred spaces and a portal to a spiritual realm.

Loyal to an Ideal
Loyal to an Ideal
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Posted: 07-01-2016 08:33
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We are frequently asked two questions: “why do you limit yourselves by only selling to practitioners and independent stores?” and “why don’t you just promote and advertise your products to the enormous consumer market via the web and get a larger piece of that $39 billion pie?”

Feel the Thought
Feel the Thought
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Posted: 06-26-2016 08:34
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It was one of those evenings – good company, good food, good wine, great conversation. After dinner, the six of us who have known each other for nearly twenty years piled into a van and with the moon roof opened to a chilly, clear night began the drive back to the hotel. A classic vintage song cued up, a song instantly recognizable and one we collectively must have listened to a thousand times over the last four decades. The volume was cranked up by some random arm that reached across to the dashboard and grabbed at the knob. Singing the song in my head, I then declared “this next line is one of the best lines ever written in a rock and roll song”. I was stunned by the near unanimous response - “who listens to the lyrics?” And all the more perplexing, three of the passengers considered themselves musicians, or at least they play an instrument with some skill.

We Came to Dance
We Came to Dance
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Posted: 03-01-2016 10:00
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It’s an interesting process when you commit to create and share articles like this on a
regular basis, ones with real publication deadlines. You can only hold out for an inspirational
thought for so long. That inspiration can come from anywhere, and often does, when you
least expect it. Rarely is it packaged complete. So, when you read something that resonates
with your own beliefs and is so well presented and interesting, you just know there is
nothing you should do to change it. So it was for me when one morning over coffee my wife
introduced me to a presentation entitled We Came to Dance by Tasha Blank, a renowned DJ.
I encourage you to watch the video, as it is set to rhythmic music and the most wonderful
images of people dancing. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYD1UkN_KGI)


Inspiring Wonderment
Inspiring Wonderment
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Posted: 01-07-2016 12:22
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The young waitress with the beautiful skin and gorgeous green eyes – she was make-up free
and didn’t need it - approached the table and asked if she could bring the check.
“Yes, please” I said, to which she responded “awesome”. I couldn’t let it go, and said aloud
the words as they were forming in my head: “no it’s not”.