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  • Behind the Notes


    In a recent article in the New Yorker, Joan Acocella wrote, “As musicians, especially, will tell you, what they are doing up there is not meeting an agreed-upon goal but, rather, creating something new. Vladimir Horowitz (the great Russian-American classical… Read More ›

  • “I Don’t Want to Hate.”

    New Yorker pic cropped

    In August of last year the nation awoke to the news of the death James Foley, the journalist who had been kidnapped while covering the civil war in Syria. A YouTube video had been uploaded by the so-called Islamic State… Read More ›

  • Hiding


    What is the Universe calling you to do? Are you answering that call? If not, why not? The reason I ask these questions is because I need to be asking them of myself. My current circumstances are allowing me to… Read More ›

  • Be Healed


        “Quit trying to figure everything out!” Why do I keep hearing this in my head? I don’t even remember who used to say this to me. A therapist perhaps? A teacher? Certainly more than one person. For the… Read More ›

  • In One Place


        The importance of having a strong sense of community and an awareness of its benefits are well known to those who work for social justice and seek to build grassroots-based institutions that serve the wellbeing of the individuals… Read More ›

  • Waiting

    World Trade Center

    In the late 1970’s I lived in a fifth floor walk-up railroad flat in a Hell’s Kitchen tenement at a time when the Irish mob still controlled much of that section of Manhattan and it was considered “undesirable” by the… Read More ›

  • Stranger Danger?


    Sunday mornings I’m usually up by 6:30 and at my worktable finishing my sermon and pulling together whatever else is needed for that day’s service.  I don’t have much of an appetite at that time of the morning so usually… Read More ›

  • It’s Not About Me


    It’s not about me, yet it is about me. It isn’t about us, yet it is about us.  “Say what?” That’s probably what the disciples where also thinking when Jesus said, “..let them deny themselves and take up their cross… Read More ›

  • Still Needed


    “Hello, Stephen. This is Dr. Kroll’s office. We just got a call from the hospital. The radiologist found a number of dark spots, but can’t tell if they’re in your lungs or your ribs so wants you to get a… Read More ›


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