I asked for wonder

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, one of the most important religious thinkers of the 20th century, once wrote: “Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement. ….get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything is phenomenal; everything is incredible; never treat life casually. … More I asked for wonder

If I keep a green bough in my heart, will the singing bird always come?

There is a Chinese proverb that says, “If you keep a green bough in your heart, the singing bird will come.” It’s a lovely expression of hope and open-heartedness. But it’s one of those inspirational thoughts that sometimes evoke in me a slight “niggling” feeling. Something doesn’t sit quite right. Or, at least, it may not sit … More If I keep a green bough in my heart, will the singing bird always come?

“Beauty will save the world.” — Fyodor Dostoevsky

I’m of an age (65) where looking back over my life can take a while. So many years. So many different residences (8 states) and family configurations. And so many vocations: secretary, editor, college professor, experimental psychologist, writer, pastor, spiritual director, church bureaucrat…. Did I really do all those different things? And WHY? Was I just … More “Beauty will save the world.” — Fyodor Dostoevsky