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The Good Shepherd
Do not be misled by our modern day image of a shepherd as some sort of passive, congenial person. Shepherds led the sheep to areas where they could graze. They slept in the open fields with their flocks, in all weather, when they were far from home. A good ...

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Benajmin Franklin on Learning
Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. -Benjamin Franklin

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Quote of Alasdair MacIntyre’s Sweeping Critique of Liberal Modernity
The famous closing lines in Alasdair MacIntyre’s sweeping critique of liberal modernity,  After Virtue , in which MacIntyre concludes: A crucial turning point in that earlier history occurred when men and women of good will turned aside from the task of sho...

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Movie: The Shack
I saw The Shack last night after my brother and his wife gave it a rave verbal review. The story is an exploration of the mystery of why bad things happen to innocent people. Not too surprisingly, the audience was middle-aged, with significantly more women ...

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Happy Holidays!
Yes, I've stopped being a crotchety old curmudgeon who obnoxiously insists on saying only Merry Christmas, partly thanks to  Celie Sternson Herbst 's comments a year or 2 ago. My mother has dementia and is not able to speak. Last Sunday I took her to Ma ss,...

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Understanding the Times We Live in
"Nietzsche realized the moral rot that was at the center of so-called Christian culture, and he was unwilling to overlook it."  - Dallas Willard, Professor of Philosophy, Stanford University. Nietzche v. Jesus Christ The description of Nietzche's thought is...

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The Good Women at my Doctor's Office
I went to the doctor this afternoon. I sat In the waiting area next to the door. A girl came in, dressed somewhere between goth and metal, and sat across from me. A guy, dressed similarly, obviously her boyfriend, came in and sat next to her. After checking...

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Emotional Intelligence
At the time I graduated from college, I had a minimum of emotional intelligence, just enough to qualify for human, I suppose, with numerous painful and mystifying experiences with failed relationships with others, for decades. In my early thirties, I w as h...

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Tripping on Coffee
When I was in college--Stevens Institute of Technology--there was a Cuban guy named Angelo with a food truck parked between two of the classroom buildings.  We assume he got his beans from some connection at the Maxwell House roasting warehouse which was at...
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