Category: Meditations

  • On the Other Side

    One of my favorite sayings is “If something seems too good to be true, it usually is.” I am pretty sure I read it first in one of my detective novels when a seductive blond approaches our hero in a bar. He does think to himself “If something seems too good…” but goes along only […]

  • We can do it…so let’s do it!

    I have a coverless, water-stained copy of an Unitarian Universalist meditation from when I served as an interim minister in that denomination in the early eighties. It is  73 Voices Chris Raible and Ed Darling, Editors. (Check out the UUA Bookstore for a whole list.) Today I share one of my very favorite pages. Assurance   -John Corrado […]

  • Marriage is NOT a battleground

    Imagine this:  a marriage or intimate relationship where there has never been an argument or, at the most, a heated discussion that ends with agreeing to disagree. No such thing, you say, but why not? Is it a prerequisite that such relationships must have fights about stuff? It all depends, as the lawyers say. Most […]

  • When “good” people do inexplicable things

    Years ago when, for the first times ever, I rode public transportation in a big city, I was once in a crowded subway when I saw a woman’s bag about to slip to the floor. I reached out to catch it for her but she jerked it away with a “strong” verbal warning for me […]

  • Aging can be painless

    A few years ago I performed a wedding in a couple’s rural New Hampshire home. It was simple and meaningful and I felt good about it.  Not too long after that, one of them posted a story about getting their license and deciding how and where to be married. In the article she referred to […]

  • Ask me no questions, I’ll tell you no lies

    “They are naturally incapable of grasping and developing a manner of living that demands rigorous honesty” From Alcoholics Anonymous (The Big Book) Chapter 5 “How it Works” Is there a single human who has not told a lie? A rhetorical question, of course, because we all started off with something like “I didn’t do it, […]

  • The Time I Shot a Bird

    When I was 10 years old I got a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. It looked just like the Winchester rifle, The Gun that Won the West” which I had seen on the saddles of all the cowboy heroes in all the westerns kids like me loved. (That the Indians only had bows and […]

  • A few vital minutes in the morning

    “Jane and I have always professed different philosophies about language: she will use meditation while I use prayer for the same set of words.” -Mark Belletini in the Forward to Jane Ranney Rzepka’s FROM ZIP LINES TO HOSAPHONES As soon as my Macbook comes alive every morning and I sign into my Gmail, I read three […]

  • Counting to 10 (No, really…)

    In the last couple of weeks I have received some communications that I reacted to with more anger than I remember having in a long time. This is not good, being mad feels terrible. It is also dangerous to the soul. Thus, the motto found on some church basement walls: “HALT: Never get too hungry, […]