Spirit Flower… nurture yours…

I start a CPE Residency tomorrow. Upon reviewing my “Theology of Pastoral Care” paper from my 2015 CPE Internship, I wanted to share this passage that echos some of Thich Nhat Hanh’s view of “No Mud, No Lotus.” In one tradition from which I draw much, Buddhist psychology views the aspects of human character and […]

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Total Eclipse

I now understand why many people have religious experiences during a total solar eclipse. My almost-five son and I trekked up to the Tennessee/North Carolina border, camped in the Tellico River area. Plan “A” was to watch in a wonderful spot known as Whigg Meadow. After seeing the enormous crowds and multitudes of cars parked […]

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Never a win unless Love is within

We never truly win without love within. A victory achieved with might or hate is a short-lived, shallow victory.  Love is a vital element of our future, and seems to be in short supply in our current divisiveness. Love is not just something that happens when you are attracted to someone. When we come from a […]

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To be an American?

What does it mean to be an American? We used to think that to be an easy question, back when a more narrow group of people were defining what is means: Apple Pie, baseball and Chevrolet (all of which can trace their roots to pre-America). Our country was never just a single monolithic plain white […]

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The Times They Are a-Changin’

Twenty nine years ago today, I became a father of a wonderful daughter. Thirty nine years ago today, I was finishing up my second day at U.S. Air Force Basic Training. Fast forward, my son is now four years old, the same age I was when Bob Dylan released The Times They Are a-Changin’. Times are still […]

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End of school, now the learning really starts…

In August of 2012, I embarked on a journey through seminary at Candler School of Theology. Yesterday, I finished my last class. I have so many people to thank for their tolerance, encouragement and support. There are people who believed in me when I did not believe in myself. It has been a long, strange […]

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Goodbye College of Law

Ten years ago, the College of Law at Georgia State University trusted me with their web presence. We have all grown since then, the College, the web sites, and especially, me. The College is a great place and dispels all the (mostly) undeserved jokes about lawyers. It was great to be part of the good the College […]

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“…whether explicable or not…”

The World Health Organization has a really neat definition of Traditional medicine: Traditional medicine is the sum total of the knowledge, skills, and practices based on the theories, beliefs, and experiences indigenous to different cultures, whether explicable or not, used in the maintenance of health as well as in the prevention, diagnosis, improvement or treatment of […]

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“Identity Theft”

It is truly amazing that we now have a crime that is referred to as  “identity theft.” Impersonation is a very old scam,  but the ridiculous way we now “identify” people had led to this current problem. I am among those included in the latest breach of data from Anthem  (Blue Cross / Blue Shield […]

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What is worth posting?

Anyone who blogs should ask this question frequently. What is worth a reader’s time? The answer is found more in how the post is written, rather than in the subject matter. A well-written post on a mundane matter is better than a poorly-written post on an interesting topic. So, I have this fabulous trip to […]

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