Category Archives: Wonderings

The Hardest Thing —

“The hardest thing in life is to know which bridge to cross and which to burn.” — David Russell, filmmaker

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A Christmas Story Footnote: Me and Medusa?

The comments on recent A Christmas Story — Kind Of were funny and interesting and ultimately provocative. Why did it take me four tries to post a Self-Portrait on sister blog A View from the Woods that showed more than a shadow, … Continue reading

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A Christmas Story — Kind Of

WordPress, which is this blog host, has been running a weekly photo challenge with a theme to jog bloggers’ imaginations. This week’s theme is Self-Portrait.  Since I’m allergic to having my picture taken (even by me), most of my responses … Continue reading

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We Go Forth to Wonder —-

Men go forth to wonder at the heights of mountains,  the huge waves of the sea, the broad flow of the river, the vast compass of the ocean, the courses of the stars; and they pass by themselves without wondering.  — … Continue reading

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Laying On of Hands? 2: The Rest of Us

A Suggestion — A Question — and A Request: Part 1 of Laying On of Hands focused on doctor and patient, the emblematic relationship of the healer and the one needing healing. It seems to me, though, that all medical professionals who … Continue reading

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Wondering —

“you have to be careful, ask yourself questions, as for example whether you still are, and if no when it stopped, and if yes how long it will still go on, anything at all to keep you from losing the … Continue reading

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Real Or — Something Else?

“Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced — even a proverb is no proverb to you until your life has illustrated it.” John Keats What exactly does Keats mean by this? Or perhaps, in what sense does he mean … Continue reading

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A Post About — Comments!

There’s ham and eggs, brownies and milk, winter and summer, and POSTS AND COMMENTS.  The one makes the other go, the other pulls the one along. I’m sure I have the most thoughtful, interesting readers anywhere. Your lively comments can enlarge my small … Continue reading

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Buddhas — and Ordinary People

As one particle of dust contains thousands of sutras, so the wisdom of all Buddhas is complete in the bodies of ordinary people who do not realize it. (Found on the always-provocative blog of David Elpern, Cell2Soul, under his title, … Continue reading

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What Does Freedom Mean?

WordPress bloggers were challenged to write about this question just before the Fourth of July.  About the same time, before the Fourth, Krista Tippett, host of the PBS program “On Being”, rebroadcast a 2003 interview with philosopher and polymath Jacob … Continue reading

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