Author Archives: Chris

Spinach and Sweet Potatoes 

 The Department on Aging feeds hundreds of senior adults each day using volunteer drivers. One of the meals I delivered today went to Mohammed, and another to a home with a Buddha statue. When you drive, you get a … Continue reading

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Almsgiving, Prayer, Fasting 

 Our week staffing a homeless shelter began Monday. Our congregation provides food, laundry services, and volunteers to spend an evening at the shelter or sleep overnight. Overnight volunteers stay in a separate room for them. Last night dinner was … Continue reading

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The Self Does Not Exist

Lately I am reading Doubt: A History, by Jennifer Hecht. It is becoming an unplanned Lenten practice. So far she has said Plato and Aristotle doubted stories of the gods and goddesses, and Qoheleth doubted the existence of the Hebrew … Continue reading

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Altitude

Over the last few days, I have been able to see my life as from a great altitude, as a sort of landscape, and with a deepening sense of the connection of all its parts. This does not mean I … Continue reading

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Memory Is Malleable

Memories don’t live as single, complete events in one spot in the brain. Instead they exist as fragments of information, stored in different parts of our mind. Over time, as the memories are retrieved, or we see news footage about … Continue reading

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Keeping Silence

The Lord is in his holy temple. Let all the earth keep silence before him. (Habakkuk 2:20 NRSV) I have been taking part in an online course on silence led by Brent Bill, a Quaker writer. He offers a wealth … Continue reading

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Traces

For the last ten years, the rover Opportunity has been exploring the surface of Mars, or at least a few miles of it. It has sent back thousands of images like the one above. The rover leaves tracks as it … Continue reading

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