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fable of the weary traveler who found a man of wisdom

After walking a long time on a long road… …the traveler gazed across the dry, empty plain… …and saw a man of wisdom. The old master sat cross-legged under a barren tree in the gold of a morning sun. Desperate … Continue reading

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fable of the woman who tried to see as the man saw

“If you ever tried to see the world from my point-of-view, you’d realize I’m right,” the man told her. “I wouldn’t want to pollute my eyes,” the woman replied.  “But okay, okay—here’s what I’ll do: “Just for today, I’ll try … Continue reading

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the fable of the crow who tried to be a parrot

A crow, believing he should be among more colorful festive birds… …painted himself up to resemble a parrot. But though he could match their colors, he couldn’t match their speech.  The parrots soon discovered the truth about him and kicked … Continue reading

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the fable of the woman, the man, and the educational waters

Their relationship was balanced… She washed him with her tears.  And he washed her with his. But then one sunny morning… …after they’d wept together a good while… …the woman suddenly knew they were done.  She didn’t know how she … Continue reading

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basic understanding

This year, I became frustrated with media narratives… …and wondered how I could better understand our news. Don’t get me wrong: I don’t reject media narratives.  I don’t reject those one-line, two-line explanations of complex situations, presented by our major … Continue reading

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our cyber light

“If God is not in cyberspace and we have to bring him there, how do we do that?”                  — Thomas Friedman* When I first heard that question, I said, “Yes—we must find a way!” But after some thought, I … Continue reading

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not enough to break me out

“Pain.” Sometimes, I create what I call a “one-word synopsis” of a book, a movie, or a TV show… And my one-word description for the TV series Breaking Bad is: “Pain”. Every single character on that show was in pain*. … Continue reading

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