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Who Are You?

Joseph Campbell, the renown Explainer-of-Myths, has made the comment, “The mystic is swimming in the same water that the psychotic is drowning in.”  Both the Mystic and the Psychotic let go of a constricting way of seeing and thinking about … Continue reading

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Who?

In my parish there is a family with identical little twin boys, Max and Jacob.  They look so exactly alike that when they come up to receive Holy Communion my Deacon has to ask, “Which one are you?”  Because Max … Continue reading

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Choosing To Live

Intent on texting his wife Julie, forty-five year old George steps off of the curb, is hit by a bus and dies quickly.  At the burial, after the final shovelful has been tossed in, Julie stands there, staring down at … Continue reading

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Tutu Alice and the Royal Court

Every Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter when I and my siblings were young Dad would drive 3 hours to Brooklyn to fetch Aunt Alice (Mom’s Aunt, our Great-Aunt), and then 3 more hours to bring her back to us.  No one … Continue reading

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ʻOhana

At birth I was given the name of “Robert”. Within my birth family I am known as “Bobby”. My father always (and he is the only one to have ever done so) called me “Butch”. My nieces and nephews know … Continue reading

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Names

Fred’s computer had been set up to be voice activated. He named the computer after his girlfriend Lucinda, so when he wants the machine to come on he says, “Lucinda, wake up!” Once awake the computer then greets him with … Continue reading

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The Lament of The Penguin

I know someone who… as a young teenager, and in the way that only a teen can experience despair… desperately wanted to fit in. One night he did something for the amusement of those whom he hoped would soon be … Continue reading

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