A boat that is moored is secured against drifting with the current or the tide. Unless a boat or ship is being steered in a certain direction—in other words, unless it is moving to a purpose—mooring keeps it safe. Humans need mooring, too. We need some person or belief or community in which to feel…

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It was the sugar’s fault. I’m sure of that. The sugar and the blatant evidence that a once-treasured source of soul-feasting and retreat was being plundered in front of my eyes. At least that’s how I saw it, through the sugar-fed haze. I am usually very sparing in my intake of sugar, but Easter brunch…

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There are many things, of course, that disrupt our lives and create situations of suffering: accidents, relationship troubles, losses of all kinds—work, income, a sense of safety, deaths of people close to us or even of strangers whom we hear about on the news. Most recently it has been the pandemic, which has disrupted the…

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I wrote earlier about playing solitaire on Jacquie Lawson’s website. I was basically playing the easier of her two games, the one called “Spider.” Recently I have explored the more challenging game, “Klondike,” shown above. According to her notes, the game is named for its popularity among miners in the Gold Rush days along the…

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The Greeks had two different words for time as they perceived it. Kairos meant the eternal present moment. God’s time. Chronos was linear time, the way we mostly think of time as passing from past to future. Chronos is a human construct. As far as we can tell, animals live in the present moment with…

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I know this will sound like blasphemy to much of the classical music world, but I have not adored the music of Mozart or considered him a genius. Precocious, yes; child prodigy, yes. But genius? As a young piano student, I played a few of his piano sonatas and found them tricky with all the…

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Visual art can be made for its own sake. Using line, form, color, composition, texture and all the other artistic elements to create a piece of art is a satisfying engagement for the artist and for the viewer. Visual art can make a political or social statement through the subject matter and the manipulation of…

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The intake person at the hospital was looking down at the sheet of paper with my statistics on it, including my age. Without looking up, she asked,” What prescription meds are you taking?” Her pencil was poised above the blank lines, ready to record my answer. “None,” I responded. Perhaps thinking I hadn’t heard her,…

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I play a lot of solitaire on the computer these days of restricted activity, mostly due to the pandemic. I use Jacquie Lawson’s website as the source for two different games: Spider and Klondike. Spider is the easier of the two; Klondike seems to depend even more on the way the cards are dealt, and…

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Sometimes a piece of music seems to characterize a period in one’s life.  During the hospitalizations for nausea and vomiting that characterized my first weeks of cancer treatment last Fall, I listened over and over again to Mozart’s Requiem. There was a particular performance that I streamed.  It was a recording by Sir Neville Marriner…

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