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extraordinary ordinary people

I say Martin Luther King, Jr. blessed all us ordinary folk… …when he chose not to join the Freedom Riders on their trip. In 1961, that multi-racial, multi-generational group boarded buses and traveled throughout the South to protest segregation. Leaving … Continue reading

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confessions of a projectionist

Who among us has not been terrorized? Who among us has not also been a terrorist? I’m talking about minor acts of terror.  Under my definition, even a petty snipe can be a terrorist act.  Even a petty snipe is … Continue reading

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in favor of the braveheart chicken

In 1959, Allen Ginsberg said America was having a nervous breakdown… Maybe he was exaggerating for effect. However, it’s no exaggeration to say, that in 2017, we’re a very very nervous nation… No breakdown yet, but our condition is indeed … Continue reading

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fun & games

I try to learn from everyone… …including assistant coaches of pro football teams. Here’s the story… Many years ago, while hitchhiking along Middlefield Road in Palo Alto, California, I was given a lift by a gracious gentleman driving a luxury … Continue reading

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no burden of happiness upon me

I’m happy I’m happy I’m happy I’m happy I’m happy I’m happy and I’ll punch the man who says I’m not!         — from the song “I’m Happy” by Ivor Cutler I define “happiness”, very generally, as a sense of well-being… … Continue reading

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a painfully funny story

Religion inevitably splits.                 — Huston Smith A succinct and painfully accurate quote from one of our leading religious scholars… …reminds me of this story: While walking along a bridge at night… …a man suddenly spies another man preparing to jump … Continue reading

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waking up to life

  As a young man, I was warned… I was told I’d wake up one morning and suddenly realize I was mortal. What a ridiculous notion! I thought.  Everybody knows they’ll die someday. But then, a few years later, I … Continue reading

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