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Water, water everywhere

“Under the sign of the Water Bearer, in a year of a great war, and down in the shadow of some French mountains on the borders of Spain, I came into the world,” wrote Thomas Merton in his spiritual autobiography  The Seven Story Mountain.  “Free by nature, in the image of God, I was nevertheless […]

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President Obama and The Power of Myth

Did tears come to your eyes, taking in the spectacle of the Inauguration of  President Obama.  Were you moved,  taking in the pomp and pagantry, the vast crowds stretching as far as the eye could see, the speeches and songs and prayers?   I admit that I teared up at points, but I’ve been fascinated to […]

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As Above, So Below

The frigid cold has been the big story…until Thursday afternoon,  when a US Airways jetliner with 155 people aboard lost power in both engines (reportedly from sucking in geese, poor things), after taking off from LaGuardia Airport.  The pilot made and emergency landing in the icy Hudson River.  A few weeks ago,  I took off […]

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Thin Ice

My black lab Shadow, my 18-year-old daughter Alex, and our 13-year-old family friend Jesse (who is with us because a pipe at her school burst) just came charging back into the house all elated and shiny-eyed because they had walked out on our frozen lake on this bright and very cold day in Northern Westchester.   […]

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!  The sun is slowing making its way back to the frozen Northeast  (although I find that February is the cruelest month.)  Soon, there will be a new leader in the land and here in the States there is a general sense of anticipation that we are all about to go on a […]

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Tis The Season

This is the season of giving–and of anxiety about giving.   Every night on the TV news, there are cameras trained on the malls and at least one shot of a cash register opening and change being made.  In addition to the darkness of December in the Northeast (I wrapped the deck railings with Christmas lights […]