Monthly Archives: December 2008

My Stroke of Insight: A Spiritual Memoir

I will cut to the chase on the last night of the year 2008.  I loved this book.  I read it nearly in one sitting, fascinated by the straightforward telling of an incredible story.  Jill Bolte Taylor, a brain scientist … Continue reading

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Small Things with Love: A Mini-Memoir

What makes us happy?  Is it winning the lottery or getting a surprise million-dollar legacy?  In our current economy, such windfalls might sound even better than usual.  I haven’t seen Slumdog Millionaire (see trailer here) yet, but I gather that … Continue reading

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A Good Day–Even When Not All of It Is Good

Dr. Joel Elkes, whose 95th birthday was celebrated in a previous post, believes that a good life is built one good day at a time.  As a pioneer in the field of psychopharmacology, he might be expected to focus on … Continue reading

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Vacation: A Mini-Memoir

I grew up on a farm where the term “vacation” had absolutely no meaning.  We did not load up the five kids into the car and take off for the Pacific.  In fact, though we were only 75 miles from … Continue reading

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Spiritual Autobiography Workshop II

Yesterday I led a second workshop on spiritual autobiography at my church.  Most of the people who attended the first one came back, and about ten new folks showed up also.  The big table was full! We shared a meal … Continue reading

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Conversations with Four Wise Women Authors

I traveled to California for the Fetzer Institute to visit with board members, meet with a colleague at the Skoll Foundation, and attend a fundraiser for Youth for Environmental Sanity (YES!), the Purpose Prize Award ceremonies/ Encore Careers Summit.  As … Continue reading

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Unreliable Truth: On Memoir and Memory by Maureen Murdock

One of the wise women I am honored to have in my life, Angeles Arrien, recommended this book to me. I found the book thoughtful and provocative, a wonderful distillation of many years of reflection both on the author’s personal … Continue reading

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