Category Archives: Religion

The New Yorker and the Benedict Option

“The Seeker.” By Joshua Rothman.  The New Yorker, 5/1/2017. (Biography of Rod Dreher.) It all started with my sister, three years older and editor of our high school newspaper, The Garnet & Gray.  I got in the habit of reading … Continue reading

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The Search For Everlasting Life

“The God Pill,” by Tad Friend.  The New Yorker, 4/3/2017. When I was in my early 20s, the teenaged son of friends of my parents suddenly died of a stroke.  Everyone was shocked when the autopsy revealed the arteries in … Continue reading

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Death Of a Spouse

Everything that is joined must separate, everything living must die. We are all journeying together to death, like an unstoppable caravan going into a strange city. What does it matter who gets there first? (The Mahabharata) One of the most … Continue reading

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Word of the Day: Rastafarian (Dreadlocks)

I read in a Wall Street Journal article a comment that a Yale professor and his wife were harassed when someone left a box on their doorstep containing a sombrero and a Rastafarian wig. I knew what a sombrero was, … Continue reading

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Dealing With My Dharma

An old Hindu fable is about a guru sitting on a river bank. He notices a scorpion drowning at the water’s edge and lifts it onto the bank with his hand. Of course, he gets stung. A pupil watching all … Continue reading

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Death Rituals In Judaism

“Watching Over My Grandmother,” by Bari Weiss. The Wall Street Journal, 2/18/2016. My own mother was basically wise, but sometimes not—basically kind, but sometimes not. She missed on Judaism which she dismissed as inferior to Presbyterianism simply because she did … Continue reading

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The Ups and Downs of Life

I watch my grandson still in life’s early stages as every year brings improvements.  He has obvious gains in strength and physical skills, but also noticeable gains in mental insights and understanding and judgment. Those are the years we all … Continue reading

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