Things fall apart

My first thought, at hearing of the 18th school shooting in the United States since the beginning of 2018 was to sigh, Oh no, not again! But an eloquent and powerful piece of spoken poetry by IN-Q brought me to tears and past the political skirmishes, desperate to understand what…

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The Search for Meaning

Falling and breaking my shoulder is probably the clumsiest thing I have ever done. I’ve tripped and fallen before, but landing in such a way that I knocked the head of the humerus totally off the shaft seems absolutely ridiculous. How could I have been so stupid? That’s the inner…

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Simple magic

This morning, I awoke to fog. Not the soft blanket of fog that sometimes covers the fields until they warm to the sun, but a thick gray fog, enveloping all sight and sound. As I sat at my desk, journaling, a pale sun started shining through the fog. Its light…

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Simplicity and complexity

“For every complex problem, there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.” H.L. Mencken When a friend recently quoted this to me, it stopped me in my tracks. I’m one of those people who likes to counter complexity with common sense. If a problem seems too complex, it…

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Tracing the thread

After reading the last article I posted (Art & Soul), a friend remarked, “This is very different from the things you’ve written before.” I was a bit taken aback. To me, the development of my thoughts and insights proceeds in a very logical, understandable way. But maybe not for everyone.…

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The Trickster

Loki the shapeshifter, one of the Æsir, is probably one of the most complex and controversial gods in the Nordic pantheon. According to the Edda, he teases his fellow gods and goddesses, insults them, wreaks havoc, and then makes amends and helps repair the damage. In spite of his malicious…

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Peace of mind?

When my life starts going quiet on me, I know I’m probably not paying attention. When I feel totally at peace with myself and the world around me, a startling dream generally wakes me up and throws me back into the duality of unrest and joy. For the longest time,…

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