Category: Philosophical Musings

Parenting, Philosophical Musings

Seeing My Child’s Resistance as an Opportunity to Practice Peace

I’ve once again found myself engaged in a practical conversation about parenting on facebook that has yielded not only practical advice, but also a small spiritual insight. I’m fortunate to be part of a facebook group dedicated to exploring and discussing the practicalities of RIE parenting, and the intentional and reflective spirit of that community has …

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A way to talk about politics

I used to constantly jump right into the political fray on Facebook.  I posted provocative liberal opinions, proudly declaring my self-evident righteousness.  I expressed contrived befuddlement at how anybody could accept conservative ideology.  I got into heated, multi-day debates with people that I would never persuade, knowing that I myself would never be willing to …

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Dick Cheney is a Human Being

This is Dick Cheney on 9/11/2001.  When I look into his eyes, I see fear, confusion, and the weight of overwhelming responsibility.  It’s easy to say, “He is a human who suffers just like I suffer,” but it’s also easy to forget. This photo is my reminder:  Dick Cheney is a human being.  He suffers …

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The Day I Stopped Believing in Hell

I don’t remember exactly when I decided that I no longer needed to believe in God, but I remember very clearly the day that I stopped believing in hell. When I was in high school, my friend Adam died in a car accident.  He was 16, he was driving, he decided to do something extremely …

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On the Title

This blog was all Christin’s idea.  I just hopped on at the last minute. When starting a blog (or a band, or an essay, or a business, or a school…) one of the first questions is, “What do I call it?”  Things have to have names.  If they didn’t have names, nobody would be able …