Category Archives: spirituality

On Being an Introvert in the Time of COVID-19

When this madness all started, I saw the above quote and, given that I am a self-declared militant introvert, it made me smile. I’ve seen similar quotes about social distancing. First of all, let’s be clear. Introversion is not being … Continue reading

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Baseball Memories

    I have nothing profound to say about COVID-19. Others more articulate than I are speaking to fear, the power of prayer, cooperation and so on. Others are noting people pulling knives on one another over toilet paper. But … Continue reading

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Lessons Learned from COVID-19

“If you can keep your head/when all about you/Are losing their/and blaming it on you”. So wrote Rudyard Kipling with words that apply today. We have much to learn from COVID-19 politically and medically. But we have much to learn … Continue reading

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Lessons Learned at Camp Courageous

    “The world is wide and beautiful. But almost everywhere, everywhere, the children are dying.” (Edward Abbey)     In the summer of 1991, my oldest son and I began attending a place called Camp Courageous. It is a … Continue reading

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The Desert: Going Out is Really Going In

  The Desert: Going Out is Really Going In “The wilderness is not just a desert through which we wander for forty years. It is a way of being” (Lawrence Kushner)     When I first took up running, the desert … Continue reading

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Do Politicians Really Read the Bible?

Invoking God to justify one’s political position is nothing new. God and Jesus have been used as justification for all kinds of atrocities to include persecutions, genocide, stealing of land,etc. Good grief! The Ku Klux Klan believes their actions of … Continue reading

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On Cheating

As I ponder the Major League baseball cheating scandal and the potential downfall of my beloved Redsox, I realize that cheating is nothing new, whether the scenario is baseball, politics, or just day-to-day living. Even my Church has cheated through … Continue reading

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On Dementia

Dementia is that category of illness that includes Alzheimer’s as well as other causes of mental deterioration. Some people live with progressive dementia over a long course of time. My father live with it for 6 years. My father’s dementia … Continue reading

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War and Peace and Christmas

Originally posted on Psyche and Spirit/Richard B. Patterson PhD:
Plato once said “Only the dead have seen the end of war”. A dismal observation yet a cursory study of human history reveals that somewhere in our world someone is…

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My Home Town

   Our spiritual journeys all start somewhere. Mine started in my home town of Scranton Pennsylvania, a town best known as the setting of the TV show The Office (yes the opening scenes really are of Scranton) as well as … Continue reading

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