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The Real Meaning of Christmas: Lessons from a 4 Year-Old

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I interviewed my best friend Tahra’s 4 year-old son Eustace via Skype Saturday morning. Tahra and I had talked about the way she and her husband are trying to teach Eustace about the real meaning of Christmas. Our conversation got me thinking about the questions I have about Christmas. So, I thought it might be helpful to ask Eustace. He …

There’s No Going Home

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You can get there from here, though there’s no going home. Natasha Trethewey In her poem, Theories of Time and Space, United States Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey describes her experience going home to Gulfport, Louisiana. Trethewey’s words make me think about what it means to go home. Having lived in the far corners of the United States, being home has …

“What If?” Moments

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Once I was stopped by the circus during a run. I lived in downtown Cincinnati and my jogging path crossed next to the arena where the circus is performed. I happened to be passing the arena as a crowd was exiting. Stopped by traffic cops waving their arms, I stood there breathing in the moment. Fathers with daughters perched on …

bell hooks and love

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If love is really the active practice—Buddhist, Christian, or Islamic mysticism—it requires the notion of being a lover, of being in love with the universe … To commit to love is fundamentally to commit to a life beyond dualism. That’s why love is so sacred in a culture of domination because it simply begins to erode your dualisms: dualisms of …