Category: Spiritual

HAPPINESS GUARANTEED OR YOUR LIFE BACK. STEP 1: BRAINWASHING

HAPPINESS GUARANTEED OR YOUR LIFE BACK.  STEP 1: BRAINWASHING
Before you get carried away with scenes out of the Manchurian Candidate or imagine I’m recruiting you into a secret cult by zapping your mind with subliminal images secretly inserted within this post, slow down, this is not about me changing your way of thinking against your will. It’s about reviewing the attitudes and beliefs... Read more »

I've never been so ready to die, and so intensely glad to be alive

I've never been so ready to die, and so intensely glad to be alive
This is not a paradox. To the contrary, dying well and living well are correlated as tightly as a magical yin and yang amulet. As I grew older, I came to see how these seemingly contrary energies were complementary and interconnected. Life evolved into an equation: the closer to dying the more precious every hour... Read more »

Reconciling to the reality that the love you feel, is not felt in return

Reconciling to the reality that the love you feel, is not felt in return
The dagger is plunged without mercy, piercing the heart. Defying your Minister of Security, you have left battlements and palisades behind and revealed yourself, naked, vulnerable, all defenses down. The wound is near fatal. The scenarios can vary. You are besotted with love for the man/woman of your wildest dreams. You are the prodigal child... Read more »
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I’m 86 years old and fifty years from now I’ll be having Thanksgiving dinner at my granddaughter’s house

I’m 86 years old and fifty years from now I’ll be having Thanksgiving dinner at my granddaughter’s house
This is not a headline about spiking the stuffing with a psychotropic. It’s about the focus of this blog, cheating death by doing the things that give life joy and meaning. For me, of all the holidays we celebrate throughout the year, Thanksgiving is the one with the most… how shall I say it, sentimientos... Read more »

Returning to the crossroads of my life to reaffirm the path I've taken

Returning to the crossroads of my life to reaffirm the path I've taken
Now that the mad din of the midterm elections has subsided to a steady drone, I wonder to myself if all my adamant jawboning about moral imperative and good versus evil has distracted me from looking at my own behavior. I realize I was spitting angry for months; could barely look at a news program... Read more »

As the cold civil war grinds on I decide to join the passive resistance

As the cold civil war grinds on I decide to join the passive resistance
The mid-term elections are over, and I feel like a week-old party balloon, still floating a few feet above the floor but lacking enough helium to bump exuberantly against the ceiling. I’ve voted in sixteen presidential elections, dozens of gubernatorial and congressional elections and innumerable mayoral and local contests for county and citywide offices. Of... Read more »
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This is more than politics. This is about good versus evil.

This is more than politics.  This is about good versus evil.
Disclaimer for my Republican readers: I prefer dialogue to demonizing, but events this week really floored me. Hate consumed anti-Semite guns down eleven at Pittsburgh synagogue. Evil is real. It has always existed in corrupt power bases, lurking in the sewers and dank alleys on the fringes of society. But it is out in the... Read more »

One of those dark mornings when I ask, “What’s the point?” and there is no answer

One of those dark mornings when I ask, “What’s the point?” and there is no answer
The alarm rings and I make a choice: have a productive day or wallow in a sinkhole of despair. It’s a surprisingly difficult choice! Arlene is at the office seeing an early client and the bedroom is dark and the house is eerily silent. I’m alone. Which is okay. But a sense of loneliness gnaws... Read more »

Would Moses have evaded paying his income tax?

Would Moses have evaded paying his income tax?
How does Jared Kushner reconcile not paying a dime in income taxes even as he sits in a front row seat at the Chabad Synagogue? And how does Mike Pence square his personal relationship with Jesus Christ with signing a bill making it legal to refuse to serve gay couples? What allows our nation’s leaders... Read more »
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What to do when frustration and indignation spills over into rage and loathing

What to do when frustration and indignation spills over into rage and loathing
This post is for Republicans and Democrats alike. It transcends politics because it is not about programs and positions and bills to be debated. It is about the intensely felt emotions on both sides of the political spectrum that have fostered unprecedented congressional discord and social insult. The environment of distrust has ended debate. Respectful... Read more »