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For the past few weeks I have found myself returning time and again to a short verse by the 14th century anchoress, Julian of Norwich. Writing while walled into a cell near the altar of the church and finding herself increasingly swept up in ecstatic visions, here are her opening words:

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I recently had the opportunity to spend a few hours at the new Museum of the Bible in Washington DC, which opened to much discussion this past year. The museum’s mission it to illuminate the central role of the Bible in our cultural and historical narrative, with the hope of assuring its con…

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I recently ran across this bit of advice in an online article: “The earlier you start, the easier it will be when you truly want your children to be hard-working and thriving.”

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When I boarded the German airship Hindenburg, I was riveted by its enormous size, and I felt like an ant looking up at an elephant. I was in open mouthed wonder at how huge this miracle of the air was. Indeed, it epitomized the word gigantic. She was 804 feet long, had a diameter of 135 feet…

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My mother and I were close — almost embarrassingly close. So, when she unexpectedly passed away six months ago, there was a void in me that I didn’t know how I was going to fill. There was no one to talk to every morning after my daughter left for school. I didn’t have my trusty shopping com…

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I know a veteran named Ben. Ben was one of millions of Vietnam veterans who served their country in the late 1960’s and then returned to civilian life to pursue his personal goals. Over the years, Ben shared with me his personal memories and stories of being in the military, especially after…

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Q >> What is my blood pressure supposed to be? My doctor wants to add another medicine even though the readings I’m getting at home were within the range she advised at my last appointment. She seems to be telling me different things since last year.

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I have a small Fuji apple tree in my back yard that became confused, thrown off seasonally from the weather these past few months. The tree didn’t know whether to finish ripening the apples that were stragglers from last season or to start fresh with new growth and new buds.

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I would really like to pretend that I sit around at night and read the collected works of William Shakespeare, but I’m actually doing something else — watching “House Hunters” on HGTV. This show has its own little version of Shakespearean drama, complete with bickering families, ruling overl…

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On Ash Wednesday, 17 more lives were taken by a deranged maniac at a high school in Florida. Along with the all-too-depressing and all-too-familiar scenes of paramedics and first-responders rushing into a school, and the grim parade of body bags out, an equally depressing and familiar ritual…

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Have you ever watched the PBS program called Finding Your Roots with Henry Lewis Gates? When I did, I was amazed to find participants gobsmacked by the facts Gates discovered about their ancestors.

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To refer to one of the mightiest, most significant architectural masterpieces in Great Britain as a “building,” does not do it justice, nor does it fully convey the reason why you need to visit St Paul’s Cathedral in London.

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Just off the beaten path in an access way into the Del Amo Mall, next to the entrance to the open-air plaza, stands a curious machine. From afar, you’d be forgiven for mistaking it for an ATM (I sure did). It’s the same general size and shape as any cash machine, it even has a slot to accept…

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You would think the idea of converting her childhood playroom into a teen hang-out room would stir up feelings of excitement and enthusiasm – maybe even appreciation or gratitude. But, not my 12-year-old daughter.

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Fortunately, most California schools have committed to protecting the so-called DACA children (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, enacted by President Obama and rescinded by the present administration). These are immigrants who were brought here as children by undocumented parents, most…

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There are times where the phrase “I’m not making this up” seems woefully inadequate. Such is the case of Garrett B. Trapnell, a man whose exploits tie together D. B. Cooper, four aircraft hijackings, the Black Panthers, the Manson Family and the United States’ first Supermax prison.

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In the year since the election, many members of my synagogue have come to speak with me. Aside from the more predictable reactions from both right and left, I see that perhaps more than ever, politics threatens friendships and strains family connections.

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If you’re a regular reader, you know that we have two dogs, because my teenage daughter Curly Girl is a dog-maniac. She never met a dog she didn’t like. If she came across Cujo, Stephen King’s rabid dog from hell, she’d bring him home for dinner. And she’s already in love with Fluffy, the th…

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