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Be Straw

Once a poor miller was summoned to meet with a king. The summons itself must have filled him with terror. Evolutionary biologists tell us that we fear public speaking and other ways of being on the spot because we are all wired to link survival with acceptance by the tribe. And this king was the […]

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Stage of Fools

“When we are born, we cry that we are come to this great stage of fools.” Lear spoke these words outdoors, and hearing them outdoors recently made me shiver. The actor playing Lear said these words in gathering darkness on the bank of the Hudson River.  It was so chilly some of the audience wrapped […]

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Seeing Magic

Who doesn’t like a good story?  Some facts remain constant in this changeable and unpredictable world.  Among them is the wish to be loved, to be safe, to be free from physical and mental suffering, to be free and at ease in this world, to know life and be known as we really are.  What […]

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The Swinging Door

What does it take to find our path to a greater, richer life?  What do we need to do to open up and let the magic in?  It is entirely possible to spend most of our limited time not really inhabiting our own life,  just a blur of thought and memory gliding over the surface […]