spiritual life

Depends on who’s looking

“One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German writer, Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship Never before has our family engaged in such vigorous debate of artistic merit. It all started when mom and… Continue reading Depends on who’s looking

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Vegans kicked down the door

“Right is right even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong even if everyone is doing it.” St. Augustine "Remember," my youngest daughter whisper-hissed at me from across the restaurant table. She was eyeing the rather handsome server who was headed our way. "You're vegan. " The italics were necessary in her voice and… Continue reading Vegans kicked down the door

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The nature of silver

"Every crowd has a silver lining." P.T. Barnum, American circus entrepreneur The fact our silver-cleaning method involves a puff of smoke at its start concerns me. This doesn't stop us from boiling water, baking soda and aluminum foil and dipping tarnished pieces into the mix, however. It just means we run the fan in the… Continue reading The nature of silver