Category Archives: Quips and Quotes

Brief thoughts. Big ideas.

A Religion of One

Originally posted on Jewish Young Professional:
When I was five, my dad misinterpreted that verse from Leviticus about not cutting your flesh for the dead as a prohibition against piercing your ears, so I never did, and only in high…

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Humility Keeps Us Real

Photo by Kyle Johnson (unsplash.com) Thought for the Week I’m always surprised by the number of attractive, scantily-clad young women who want to be my friends on Facebook—clearly due to my sparkling personality and rugged good looks. Then I see … Continue reading

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The Dawn From on High

Photo credit: Fenced Ranch at Sunrise On this date 45 years ago a sunrise like no other broke upon me. From that time forth I began to learn who I really was, why I was here, and where–or rather to Whom–I … Continue reading

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Family Is…

When I was a young man, I rented a room from a therapist whose family had rejected him. So he’d learned to create families. He’d match up patients with no “real” family: orphaned, disowned, unable to reconcile, young, old. Not … Continue reading

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How My Life of Happy Materialism Came to an End

Photo by Brandon Green (unsplash.com) When I was a young man, I began searching for the meaning of life. Along the way, I wrote a travel journal, a mix of prose and poetry, and labelled it Fool’s Odyssey. London was so … Continue reading

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Taking Risks

Angel’s Landing, Zion National Park (shaleewanders.com) Thought for the Week Wisdom lies not in avoiding risks, but in taking them for the right reasons.  “Why not go out on a limb? That’s where the fruit is.” ~Mark Twain ∴

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Be the Miracle

Phillips Brooks, 1835-1893, was an esteemed clergyman, now best-remembered for composing the lyrics to the hymn ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem.” Perhaps God’s most remarkable accomplishment is not that He can work miracles, but that He can work them through … Continue reading

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Martin Molin’s Magical Musical Marble Machine

Guest Blog by Annika Perry Swedish-born, British-bred poet-storyteller Annika Perry explores all kinds of marvelous topics, but I found this one particularly “marble-ous” (my pun, so don’t blame her)! Marbles! From early childhood games, the trick to winning more marbles … Continue reading

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Unexpectedly Invisible

Some people lead highly visible lives. Some gather secrets unseen, and then go off to write tell-all stories. Still others are unintentionally invisible. But enough with all this profundity, let’s be shallow. Here are some people, objects and animals that … Continue reading

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My Life of Happy Materialism in London

Photo by Joshua Chandler When I was a young man, I began searching for the meaning of life. Along the way, I wrote a travel journal, a mix of prose and poetry, and labelled it Fool’s Odyssey. My first real day … Continue reading

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