Redemption

Years ago dear friends of mine took a vacation to the Pacific coastal town of Zihuatanejo. Now, if Zihuatanejo rings a bell, it should. It was the Shangri-La described in “The Shawshank Redemption,” the ultimate destination for the film’s protagonist, Andy Dufresne, when he escaped prison. “It’s in Mexico,” Andy said. “A little place on…
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Holy Curiosity

Author Walter Isaacson has been a chronicler of some of the world’s greatest minds. He has written extensively about Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs, and most recently about Leonardo da Vinci. Per Isaacson, the true masterminds of this world have one characteristic that sets them apart: Relentless, unquenchable, curiosity. Yes, curiosity may have “killed the cat,”…
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One Day At A Time

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step,” said Laozi. And a new year, he might have quipped, begins with a single day. Yes, 2018 is here, and 2017 – which paradoxically moved at the speed of light while grinding away with all the breakneck pace of a retreating glacier, is in the history books. It was a historical…
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The Times Demand It

As Hurricane Irma struck St. Thomas this year, the staff of a small nursing home worked furiously to prepare the dozen tenants in residence. In spite the staff’s heroic efforts, however, the building soon shuddered beneath the storm’s fury. Water began rising inside, the building’s doors were sucked away, and the rooftop eventually went airborne…
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Unopened Gifts

There is a Zen story about a young, impulsive warrior who made it his ambition to depose the legendary Master of the village. Making his threats and challenge public, a large crowd gathered outside the Master’s meager home to witness the contest. As the young man arrived with a cheering, jeering entourage, the old Master…
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