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Realism vs. Man of Steelism

Once upon a time, political conservatives in America were stereotyped as hard-headed realists, and liberals were described as ungrounded dreamers. How times have changed!

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The God Experience

That we “exist” as human beings is certain as a fact
Created/evolved through a lengthy process — others say an act

A Creator-God often viewed as the prime reason for “being”
A mystery question that seeks an answer, one that’s not misleading

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Musing on God

God is all without being any thing
while being the all in every thing.

God is the perhaps at the edge
of every moment of choosing.

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Voting: A Ritual

“Voting is irrational.” This jarring statement comes from Paul Woodruff, professor of philosophy at the University of Texas in Austin, in his wise book, REVERENCE: Renewing a Forgotten Virtue. Paul came to USC a few months ago, hosted by my office, to give a series of talks. He’s a person who emanates the virtue that he teaches, speaking with a calm, reflective demeanor. Woodruff posits that unless we understand voting as a ritual, we’ll miss the point of it, and continue to see a decline in voter participation.

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Breathing With Gretta…

...a review by Jim Burklo of WE ALL BREATH

- a book of poems by Gretta Vosper As I review my involvement in the progressive Christian movement over the last decade and a half, I face a seeming contradiction. On the one hand, I’m amazed that …

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SUNU- Music Video

Rising Appalachia (R.I.S.E.)

  Uploaded on Apr 20, 2011 www.youtube.com/chadhessphoto www.chadhess.com http://www.youtube.com/RisingAppalach… http://risingappalachia.com/ Rising Appalachia SUNU The Sails Of Self Directed, Filmed & Edited by Chad Hess

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Free Will or Lively Imagination?

A week ago, I attended a conference at Chapman University in Orange, CA, devoted to the topic of free will. The speakers included a physicist, a Sikh spiritual teacher, a rabbi, a Tibetan Buddhist monk, and a …

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How to Lead a Guided Meditation

This essay will help you write, lead, or choose a guided meditation. It starts with some simple steps for leading an effective meditation, gives some guidelines for choosing or composing a meditation, then concludes with two sample guided meditations.

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