The world is black or white–or is it?

March 9, 2014
  It always brings me up short when I encounter people who see the world as black or white. The dividing line for them is sharply defined. Nothing in between. Funny --...

Is heaven a spiritual country club?

February 26, 2014
Religions are divisive and quarrelsome. They are a form of oneupmanship because they depend upon separating the “saved” from the “damned,” the true believers...

The purpose of Amish shunning

February 11, 2014
Image credit "But have you seen the second half of the documentary, the part about shunning?" a friend asked me after I blogged about this documentary. I hadn't, but...

What if love were the center of our being?

January 29, 2014
What if? There IS no what if. This is exactly what life is all about. Our religion? It's how we treat each other. Our life puts it into practice. Our words as...

What I learned this Christmas

December 26, 2013
Firemen are the hottest of all first responders. If you smell gas for 4 days, you really should call the fire department and PG&E. Just because your house didn't...

A child was born / opening our hearts

December 24, 2013
A child was born in a manger, and whether we believe the whole story or not, in that moment, the face of the world changed. We don't always keep the reason for the...

Divorce, religion + the stink of hypocrisy

December 23, 2013
It was a high-profile divorce for a small city where not much of significance went on. They worked together at a company that was getting attention and one thing led to...

India: Defining karma + feeding cows

December 16, 2013
Karma is often described as destiny.  But that's not what it is. It's a Sanskrit word for "act, action or word." Karma is a cosmic law that teaches that each of our...

India: Saying good night to Ganga-ji every night

November 30, 2013
Varanasi is a sacred place to Hindus—and the Ganges River is especially revered-- like a "mother."  Hindus worship four mothers: their natural mothers, Mother Cow,...

Secret flagellation societies in northern New Mexico

November 13, 2013
Secret religious societies are a mystery to me. "Secret" as in those with rituals and memberships they don't disclose publicly. For example, I really don't "get" the...

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