Resilience in Adversity

There has always been waves of adversity. In these times our resiliency is tested. We are in a wave now in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic and forest fire seasons, to name but two. It is timely to recommend an allegory with rich metaphors to watch or read for Easter/Passover weekend. To be technical, …

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The Passover Meal (Pesach)

This week, the posts have been exploring metaphor and allegory for deeper understanding, the necessity to hold one’s personal integrity when coming of age, what it means to take up one’s cross, and the god-name in the book of Genesis. Now to Exodus 3: 1-12 to introduce the Passover story: When Moses stopped and turned …

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Perception Filters

Our learning about each other draws on our experiences, our stories, our mythology with metaphor and allegory to convey meaning. A beautiful example of metaphorical communication was when Captain Jean Luc Picard in the Star Trek: Next Generation television series met a Tamarian captain named Dathon, who spoke in metaphorical language. Dathon’s metaphors were grounded …

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Fear Versus Integrity

Even though Jesus the Anointed said, “Let the little children approach me, for of such is the kingdom of God” (Matthew 19:14), it does not mean he suffers fools lightly. He tells his followers not to fear for their lives because the quality of the teachings cannot be killed. The teachings of Jesus is the …

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Walk the Talk

On the Easter Trail Rabbi Jacob Neusner has observed that “‘Take up your cross and follow me’ is not the same thing as ‘study the Torah that I teach, which I have studied from my master before me.’” The situation is at once simpler than that, whilst being more complicated. Yet, the Rabbi was succinct: …

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Easter & Passover Week Reflections

We know families squabble from time to time. It is not too surprising that when different faith backgrounds read the same document, different questions arise for them and they draw different conclusions. Matthew 5: 1-2 But seeing the crowds, he went into the mount and sitting himself down, his students came near. A mount is …

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Coming This Spring!

Guiding Star Publications is finally going to print Light of Day: A results-based analysis on objectification and sexual violence. On pins and needles, I am greatful for everyone’s patience. I have the designer calculating the cost for some tweeking of the cover and other adjustments that will make your Guiding Star experience all the sweeter. …

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Right, Left, Centre

The term right, left, and centre are based on the seating arrangements of the French parliament which, in the 18th and 19th Centuries,  was shaped like a horse shoe with the speaker placed at one end. Seating was divided among three major sectors, right, left, and centre. The right side or wing (on the speaker’s …

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Law Alone Not Enough

I came across a reflection on the implementation of law, once written. The following quote is by Linda E. Ledray, R.N., Ph.D., Recovering from Rape, Henry Holt and Company. New York, NY, 1986, pp 216-217: Laws alone won’t stop rape. The laws are only as good as the people who enforce them…. When the government decided it was time …

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