Monthly Archives: April 2014

“Cousin Jules” – a Movie For Meditation

The ping of a hammer on steel is an unforgettable sound. I used to equate it with farriers, shoeing horses. When my son became an artisan blacksmith, I learned it is also the sound of hammering hooks, hinges and door … Continue reading

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Rising with the Sap

By the time you read this, the sap will have almost finished rising in the sugar maple trees. New England and Canada are the major producers of this sweet nectar. It takes approximately 40 gallons of sap to make 1 … Continue reading

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The Power of Choice

Whether you’re a Jew, Christian, Muslim, Agnostic or Pantheist, this is the season of birth and fertility. Today marks the first day of Passover, the Jewish people’s commemoration of their Israelite forbearers’ escape from the constrictions of slavery into freedom. … Continue reading

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We Are What We Wear…Or Are We?

            Birds display their plumage; so why shouldn’t humans? It’s a natural form of sexual attraction. But when we walk around with advertising on our clothing – from Polo shirts to Louis Vuitton handbags (which … Continue reading

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Tired of winter?
Keep your hats on!

Last week in Washington, D.C., I met with a highly respected climatologist who’s a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Requesting anonymity, he reported new data suggesting that the polar ice cap is not shrinking, and is predicted to … Continue reading

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