Philosophy

Airport Art

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From my place in the security line, all I could see was the spider web. Until a TSA officer behind me sneezed, and she turned slightly to reveal the spider crawling up her left...

Chakra Khan (aka Jill Leigh)

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It’s a big name to live up to, I have to tell you!  It’s my favorite nickname of all time, and I’ve had a few.  Most of them made me squirrely under my skin. ...

A Web of Suffering and Love

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From the Book RADICAL PEACE: People Refusing War By William T. Hathaway RADICAL PEACE presents the experiences of peace activists in the USA, Europe, Iraq, and Afghanistan, the true stories of people working for peace in unconventional,...

Writing from Enlightened Consciousness: an Example

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I came across an article this morning that summarized everything I've been trying to articulate about the connection between writing and enlightened consciousness. It's an excerpt from Andre Dubus III's memoir, TOWNIE. When he...

on nachman’s narrow bridges

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there is not a thing we can know about god, but we can still talk to her. how do we talk to god? by the embrace of all beings. rebbe nachman of bratzlav famously said:...

Into the Mystic: Jane Lead

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Contrary to popular opinion, “Protestant mystic” is not an oxymoron. Indeed, during the first century or two following the Reformation a great abundance of Protestant mystics flourished. The Silesian cobbler Jacob Boehme may be...

The Other and Julian’s Promise

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In contemporary discussions of religion and religious discourse the notion of God’s alterity, or “Otherness,” is often foregrounded. This rhetorical gesture, very nearly a commonplace, derives from the philosophical work of Emmanuel Levinas and...

Martin Buber Today

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    this date, 47 years ago, martin buber passed away in jerusalem. he was 87 years old. i regard martin buber as the greatest jewish philosopher since baruch spinoza in the xvii century, and not unlike...

teachings in dialogue

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a rebbe once asked his students what would they do if they knew this was their last hour of life. the answers were the usual suspects: praying, reading the torah, giving to charity, etc....

What Tevye Knew

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One of my favorite scenes from Fiddler on the Roof  is Tevye's riff on Jews being the Chosen People.  After reminding God that Jews have suffered violence and oppression for being different, he basically...