Category Archives: Commentary

Nature and the Soul

Hello All, I just got back from a week’s trip to the Canadian wilderness. The place was way up in northern Ontario where fall has just arrived. The Moose are in rut, the Salmon are spawning, the Beaver are gathering twigs for the winter hibernation and the residents are stacking cord upon cord of hardwood to keep warm in the coming winter. It’s always a surprise to leave what we think is summer in the South and travel several hundred miles North and suddenly, as…

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Gifts and Giving

Some thoughts on gifts and giving. The phenomenal soul of the giver is omnipresent despite the predominance of stories about the sordid and banal characteristics of life. We see that soul every time there is clarion call for help and it echoes through the hearts of all Americans. It doesn’t matter what kind of tragedy inflicts our communities, by the thousands people come bearing, not only the gift of service and time, but also material gifts. With the tragedy of 9/11, with Katrina and New…

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Leadership

The leaders of our two main political parties are now established. Now what do we do to vett our own choices? From time to time we need to assess whether our leaders in politics and business and even the leader in ourselves, measure to the definition. Leadership is the ability to enthuse, to inspire, to create, to accomplish goals for the greater good. Some seek leadership, some are promoted to it, some are elected to it and some have it thrust upon them. There is…

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9/11 #2

Like many of you, I visited Ground Zero a number of times over the years. I would pass the wall of shrines at Trinity Church where flowers, letters, and photos were set in sacred reverence on the wrought iron fence. Each tribute a collective jolt and individual pain reminding us of what we lost. In September of 2001, we prayed and tried to rescue those we thought might be alive and trapped beneath the tombs of debris. We cried as each body was recovered and…

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