Category Archives: psychology

On Choosing Death

There is a man I know — a very good faith-filled man —  who is choosing to die. He has been a dialysis patient for over 10 years and is not a transplant candidate. He has slowly watched the quality … Continue reading

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Memorial Day 2017

Over the course of my career as a psychologist, I have met with many, many combat veterans. As they have shared their stories of war and loss, I have become increasingly opposed to war. The damage to body, mind, and … Continue reading

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On Books That Made a Difference

Each of our spiritual journeys is influenced by different sources. For some, it may be a particular mentor. For others, it may be specific experiences. My journey is filled with persons and experiences, some positive, some not. But many of the … Continue reading

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On Spiritual Mentors: John Muir

“I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” –John Muir In the spirit of honesty, my experience as a naturalist is limited. I have … Continue reading

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This is my Church!

In an earlier posting, I included a scene from the film On the Waterfront in which the character Father Barry (as portrayed by Karl Malden) is confronting union officials on the death of a dock worker. One thug yells “Go back to … Continue reading

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On Mystical Madness

Last week my wife and I hiked into Santa Elena Canyon (pictured above) in Big Bend National Park. We were both struck speechless by the beauty. My wife, having the gift of enthusiasm, said “I’d love to sing.” So together … Continue reading

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On the Shakers

Sister Frances Carr died recently. I never met her but did have one exchange with her. She was one of the last of the Shakers. I first saw Sister Frances in a documentary on the Shakers. At one point, images … Continue reading

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On Childhood Heroes: Jimmy Piersall

I read somewhere once that stories that were favorites when we were children usually tell something about us (Mine was Ferdinand the Bull). The same is likely true of our childhood heroes. Like the song says, many of my boyhood heroes were … Continue reading

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On Spiritual Mentors: Thich Nhat Hanh

My spiritual journey has brought me into the presence of many great men and women. Some I met only through their writings. Such a one is Thich Nhat Hanh. My journey has also been greatly enriched by coming in contact … Continue reading

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On Motes and Splinters

Once again we are confronted with senseless violence as police officers are shot down in Dallas TX. We point fingers. We blame just as we did after the Orlando shootings and after the many senseless killings that seem to be … Continue reading

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