The Highest of All Human Highs

May 27, 2012

When I saw this piece of art by Motohiko Odani, I was reminded in the most beautifully aching way of the highest of highs and the holiest of all human connections. The aboveness that the experience of making love can be when two people are bonded spiritually as well as physically and approach each other [...]

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So This Is What Contentment Feels Like

May 20, 2012

With the exception of a few years here and there, I’ve spent most of my adult life in apartments, from the seediest to the most suburban. None of them ever felt like home to me. I know that there are people who think environment doesn’t matter — that peace is entirely an internal matter — [...]

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Mother Beats Baby. Who Needs to See That? Maybe You Do.

May 9, 2012

These are the kinds of things I hear every single time I write about the effects of child abuse. There are people who have let me know that they don’t believe child abuse should affect a person’s mind or spirit, especially once the child reaches their teens or adulthood. It’s just no big deal , [...]

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Tolerance, Values, and a Polka Dot House

May 6, 2012

I recently came across this news article about Jim Deitz and his neighbor’s complaints about painting his two-story rental complex with colorful polka dots. It’s not that unusual of a story. A homeowner gets creative, vengeful, or even desperate and an uproar ensues. Such homes are generally thought to be eyesores, ruining the aesthetic of an otherwise [...]

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Being Single is an Opportunity

May 3, 2012

The sun is a ball of liquid fire. 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit on its surface, 27,000 degrees at its core. It is only from an average distance of 92,955,887.6 miles away that we welcome it as a benevolent, life-warming source. This is how I’ve come to feel about the experience of loving her. At a distance [...]

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Sanctuaries, Acceptance & Final Days

April 27, 2012

  A friend of mine was diagnosed seven weeks ago with esophageal cancer. It’s terminal and she is in a hospice with only days left to live. I will write about Liljana “Pat” Stewart in a future post, but here’s what I can tell you now. She loved her life and lived her beliefs. She [...]

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