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Christmas Presence

Up before dawn on Christmas Eve, writing this by a lighted Christmas tree, I marvel at the expectant hush in the air.  I still feel that something miraculous and unexpected is coming, and it has nothing to do with the presents under the tree.   Conditioned since babyhood to expect wonders on Christmas—and presents, special baked […]

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Bigger Than We Think We Are

We tend to see ourselves as fixed, static, small, but deep down we know that we are not at all fixed but made of energy that is in movement, tethered to a greater truth, a much greater whole, drawing it down to us. We realize this in love and in loss—the invisible presence of a […]

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The Christmas Elephant

There’s a thread you follow. It goes among things that change.  But it doesn’t change. People wonder about what you are pursuing. You have to explain about the thread. But it is hard for others to see. While you hold it you can’t get lost. Tragedies happen; people get hurt or die; and you suffer […]

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Consciousness and the Story-telling Brain

There is a particularly juicy bit in the latest issue of Parabola, embedded in “Does Consciousness Depend on the Brain?” by Chris Carter.  Ferdinand Schiller was in Oxford philosopher in 1891 when Riddles of the Sphinx was published, authored by a “Troglodyte” (or cave-dweller). This cave-dweller turned out to be the learned Schiller, who likened […]