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The True Meaning of Christmas

The True Meaning of Christmas

This year I’ve been asking people what they’re favorite Christmas movie or TV special is. The answers have varied by people’s generation. The titles I’ve heard include: “It’s a Wonderful Life” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” “Elf” “Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, and...
Really Being Here

Really Being Here

In the early 80’s I was still a grad student and teaching my very first intro philosophy course. Some class sessions went pretty well. Others not so much. On one particular morning my lecture had plunged the students into a terminally bored stupor. I spent the rest of...
Doing A Hard and Risky Thing

Doing A Hard and Risky Thing

A dear old mentor of mine passed away a few years ago. But the lessons he taught still help me see things—see myself—a little more clearly. Maybe the most important of those lessons came in  the form of a story he once told on himself in his usual self-deprecating...
Being Ready

Being Ready

My friend John got a call one evening from the dementia unit. His father had been suffering from Alzheimer’s for several years. John’s father had dressed himself, packed his suitcase, and was now waiting in a visitor’s lounge. The staff had tried to coax him back into...