Radical Freedom

I'm really not sure how this summer experiment in posting out takes from the book has gone from a reader's point of view. There haven't been many comments, but my readership (according to my stat counter) seems to have remained steady. For me, it's been fun to scan through old drafts and the original interviews, [...]

2019-01-29T17:55:46+00:00August 21st, 2010|Spirituality, Writing|

A Muslim View of God

Between it being Ramadan and the controversy over the Muslim center proposed a few blocks away from Ground Zero in New York, Islam is getting more mention than usual in the press these days. Unfortunately, I'm not sure how much of it fosters understanding of the religion itself or the places where our beliefs are [...]

2019-01-29T17:55:46+00:00August 18th, 2010|Spirituality|

Is Ego Good or Bad?

When I decided to spend the summer posting "deleted scenes" from the book, I wasn't really sure what I would find on the cutting room floor. Now, with two and a half weeks until publication of the paperback and this blogging experiment reaching it's end, it seems more got cut from the book than included [...]

2019-01-29T17:55:46+00:00August 15th, 2010|Spirituality|

An Inspiration

Some of you have heard me say that it was pregnancy that inspired me to write The Wisdom to Know the Difference. That's mostly true, but the other thing that got me thinking about the Serenity Prayer was a 60 Minutes episode about Richard Leakey. This deleted bit of the book is one of the first [...]

2015-03-12T13:46:57+00:00August 10th, 2010|Spirituality, Writing|

The Poor You Shall Have with You

My Quaker meeting recently had a session where we shared some of our experiences with money. Dealing with poverty–our own or other people's–was one of the themes that emerged. Afterward someone asked me what I thought of a famous Gospel quote about the poor. As it turns out, I have a few paragraphs about that [...]

2015-03-12T13:45:29+00:00July 20th, 2010|Spirituality|

Leaps of Faith

Photo of MOMIX performanceNothing gets me feeling inspired to be creative like graduation at University of the Arts, where I’ve taught part-time for the past ten years. Six-hundred students in fields ranging from painting to musical theatre and multimedia can exude a lot of energy, especially when they are fired up about graduating. Then there [...]

2019-01-29T17:55:47+00:00May 21st, 2010|Spirituality|

How to be a Quaker

Over on her blog What Canst Thou Say?, Robin M explains what she wants her children to learn in First Day School (which is Quakerspeak for Sunday school). While the post raises many important issues, the line that jumped out to me was this: “I want them to learn how to be a Quaker.” Given some [...]

2019-01-29T17:55:47+00:00May 10th, 2010|Spirituality|

Belonging to God

Last Saturday I spoke to a group of Philadelphia Quakers about spiritual discernment, a topic I’ve been writing about for nearly 16 years, though the longer I write about it, the less I think I know. In general, my message over the years has been this: There is a Divine Spirit that offers us guidance, [...]

2019-01-29T17:55:48+00:00April 14th, 2010|Spirituality|

The Spiritual Challenge of Facebook

A big theme in my writing is living with trust because I don’t think it is good for our souls to go through the world with our guard up all the time. I’m not against smoke detectors and seat belts, simple ways we can make ourselves and our loved ones safer. I’m not against security [...]

2019-01-29T17:55:48+00:00April 8th, 2010|Spirituality|

Minutes of Religious Service

It’s been two years since my meeting granted me a minute of religious service, and since my anchor committee is meeting tomorrow night, it seems like a good time to reflect on what having a minute has meant. First, for the non-Quakers—or for those Friends whose meetings don’t engage in this practice—let me explain a [...]

2019-01-29T17:55:48+00:00February 14th, 2010|Spirituality|