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Dare to Be Lost

  “Life is a mystery to be lived, not a problem to be solved,” writes Soren Kierkegaard. All during college and long after I graduated, I often felt lost—and after many decades I have come to realize this was a good thing.   Drop by drop, the sensation of being a stranger in a strange land—of […]

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The Night of the Hessian Soldiers

There is a wee bit more to be said about my investigation into ghosts.  After my article on modern day ghost hunters was published, I was invited to participate in an experiment in a famous haunted location—an experiment that was later re-enacted in the television show “Unsolved Mysteries.”  In the interests of scientific purity, I […]

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The Invitation

My daughter is packing to move to England at the end of the week.  As I sit here by the picture window typing, she comes in from time to time to tell me some new detail about her graduate program or the location of a possible flat or the friends she will be sharing it […]

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The Space Between

  My journalistic investigation of the way scientists attempt to investigate the phenomenon of ghosts led me nowhere.  My article became a cover story and even inspired an episode or two of the television series “Unsolved Mysteries.” But the mystery of my own experience remained untouched by the whole adventure, like a stone glinting up […]

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Mysterious Messengers

As Jacob Needleman states in our new issue, the greatest unknown is us, ourselves.   We fear the unknown and we try to run from it, even as we try to tame by making it a thing we can name.  We make it the punch line in every equation we can’t solve or else sanctify it […]