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the fable of the songbird & the frog

THE FABLE OF THE SONGBIRD & THE FROG When the songbird told him you’re no match for me the bullfrog countered: by who’s measure?— yes, many have opened their windows to your song but the few who’ve opened to mine … Continue reading

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the fable of the dog who sees beauty

One day, while the dog lolled in the grass on her back… …a cool shadow suddenly dimmed the sunlight. The dog looked up to find a big cloud towering above her.  The puffs of white piled one on top of … Continue reading

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talking to the dog

  I generally dislike “what if” questions… But this one is different:      What if you had a talking dog…      Would you keep it to yourself?…      Or would you share it with the world? Most “what if” questions ask us to … Continue reading

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I gotta tell you

  We not only have a powerful need to take in stories.  We also have a powerful need to tell them… That’s obvious enough, but what drives this need? Well, I think storytelling has been essential to our survival, on … Continue reading

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Picturing God

  If you want to know what God looks like… …perhaps you should ask a six-year old. Consider this story: A grade school teacher approaches a student working intently in the back of the room. This small girl usually isn’t … Continue reading

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A Sensible Absurd Act

  Sometimes what makes perfect sense is nonsense. Sometimes the best response to an absurd act is an absurd act. Consider this Zen story: In the courtyard of the monastery, Nansen found the monks of the east hall and the … Continue reading

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Stumbling Toward Meaning

  Before I looked into the history of our Thanksgiving… …I assumed that it was yet another holiday based on an ancient pagan tradition, a tradition adopted by Christians. It seems I guessed right. In 1621, the Mayflower Pilgrims held … Continue reading

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