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Emerson: Self-Reliance

What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think. This rule, equally arduous in actual and in intellectual life, may serve for the whole distinction between greatness and meanness. It is the harder because you

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Gentle on My Mind

I lack formal training in music other than a disastrous attempt to learn the clarinet in school. Or should I say, I was very successful at not learning the clarinet. Most of my music education came from having older siblings

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Prayer and Meditation Simplified

Meditation centers our mind. If Christian meditation is new or elusive to you, here are three suggestions to get you started. This can be done in 15 minutes a day. Breathing: Close your eyes and breathe through your nose and

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Jólabókaflóðið

My wife, Janet, sent me a podcast from the Read-Aloud Revival about Jólabókaflóðið (Jolabokaflod).  Jolabokaflod Distilled: This is an Icelandic tradition. On Christmas Eve you give a new book to someone you care about. Then you curl up with a

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In the Bleak Midwinter — Christmas 2022

Photo: by Janet Small – Nativity Arrangement by Our Grandchildren Yet it was you who took me from the womb; you kept me safe on my mother’s breast. On you I was cast from my birth, and since my mother

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