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For the Love of the Game

Perhaps we all have a favorite sport to participate in or watch as spectators.  For me, that sport is baseball, although my love happily includes softball.   Part of the beauty of baseball for me is the beauty of the playing surface itself.  I will never forget the first time my father took my brother and…

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Dandelions

One of the tenets of Buddhism is that human beings find life frustrating because we see problems where no problems exist.  I was reminded of this bit of wisdom as my wife and I faced our annual springtime ritual of pulling weeds and digging up unwanted tree saplings from the garden and yard.  Buddhism would…

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Dachau

Dachau.  Do you recognize that word?  If you do not, the residents of the German town of Dachau are overjoyed.  If you do recognize that word, then you know that Dachau was the site of one of Nazi Germany’s most infamous concentration and death camps.  It is estimated that 200,000 Jews, Communists, homosexuals, and other…

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Golf

I find it both odd and fascinating how sports can, at times, stir feelings akin to the sacred, even a sense of the holy.       One of my first experiences of awe while engaged in a sport happened when I was a grad student in Scotland, the country most associated with the beginnings…

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Forgiveness This Season

Although the parable of the prodigal son is one of Jesus’ most beloved stories, the story isn’t normally linked with the season of Easter.  Yet this year, I realized there is an important connection. To refresh our memories, the parable of the prodigal son is the story of a father with two sons.  The younger…

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Inspiration

Nearly twenty years ago, I discovered the Spanish flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia.  That led to my buying two of his LPs, which I enjoyed until my turntable stopped turning.  Then I simply forgot him.     Over this past year, however, I stumbled upon the numerous recordings of Paco de Lucia that are available…