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Flora and fauna: Adventures in hope

June 26, 2020 We are blessed with an abundance of fauna this year, more so than in previous years. In May, our resident groundhog made his appearance. He’s been living under our front porch for two years. more »»

 
 
 
Home, Home and Deranged

May 22, 2020 Remember the old TV commercial “airplanes flying, children crying?” I think it was an ad for some sort of pain killer, probably not scotch. more »»

One brief, shining moment

April 24, 2020 Camelot made an appearance in Ledge-Lowe (Estates…we usually just say Ledge-Lowe; “Estates” is too embarrassing) last Wednesday evening, April 15th. more »»

An opportunity worth seizing

March 27, 2020 How are you doing with social distancing? So far, no one has told me that they are going crazy. My own observations are these. People are largely enjoying the respite from the usual grind. more »»

Blossom in the sun, not the stockade

February 28, 2020 So the season of Lent is upon those who are followers of Jesus. more »»

Doing our part to elevate 2020

January 24, 2020 Since I am composing this column on Sunday afternoon, I do not know how the impeachment trial has unfolded. more »»

Dear hearts and gentle people

December 27, 2019 One of the many blessings of living in Shepherdstown is how easy it is to keep hope alive, because of all the great people her. more »»

Writing down your thanks

November 15, 2019 In this season of Thanksgiving, you may find it helpful to keep a gratitude journal. more »»

'It’s our problem-free philosophy'

October 25, 2019 The headline above quotes a lyric from the Lion King’s song "Hakuna Matata." In the movie, the song represents a fun-loving approach to life. more »»

Sprucing up our image of prayer

September 27, 2019 Let’s talk about prayer. It means different things to different people. For some, it might be the recitation of prayers memorized in childhood. more »»

Kicking back in the lazy days of August

August 23, 2019 I dislike the hot, humid weather of August, more than any other kind of weather. I don’t like my clothes sticking to me. I don’t like getting all sweaty over routine chores. more »»

Teaching empathy with 'Paper Clips'

July 26, 2019 There is a wonderful documentary called “Paper Clips” that all of you would probably like. Linda and I rented it last weekend. It’s really engaging, moving and inspirational. more »»

Time for an authentic Fourth of July

June 28, 2019 The Fourth of July is a time to celebrate our freedoms and be glad we do not live in other places in the world, where freedom is a crime. As individuals, we desire to have positive self-esteem. more »»

Donald Trump . . . Jackson redux?

May 23, 2019 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they shall be satisfied." (Matthew 5:6 New Living Translation). more »»

Arbor Day 2019: 'The Hidden Life of Trees'

April 26, 2019 Today is National Arbor Day, not to be confused with Earth Day, which was last Monday. Earth Day began in 1970. It was an effort by U.S. Sen. more »»

Self-love can lead to mystical opening

March 29, 2019 Across religious traditions, the metaphor of music is used to describe the mystical encounter. The most noted among Christian mystics is John of the Cross, a 16th century Spaniard. more »»

Reflecting on the president's state of emergency

February 21, 2019 This month I would like to share with you my own soul searching about my role as a citizen in a democracy that is now under real threat to its existenc. more »»

Modern contemplation on the 'Letter from Birmingham Jail'

January 25, 2019 Before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day completely fades from our awareness for another year, let’s pause to be challenged by his “Letter from Birmingham Jail. more »»

A look back at 2018

December 28, 2018 Let’s take a look back at 2018. more »»

Awakening love in the soul

November 30, 2018 Fourteenth century Persian Sufi Poet Hafiz said, in one of his many beautiful verses, "People say that on hearing the song the soul entered the body, but in reality the soul itself was the. more »»

Remembering our Ring Day

October 26, 2018 Yesterday was Ring Day at the O'Brien household. Oct. 25 is the anniversary of the day Linda and I bought our wedding rings down in Washington, D.C. back in 1997. more »»

 
 
 

 

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