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Questing for universals in the observation of particulars, in Ojai Valley and its surrounding mountains...
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Lying has consequences. It might take a long time for them to manifest. But manifest they will. As we can see in Russia today. Vladimir Putin became president of Russia in 1999. He has subjected his people to a steady... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Musings
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Votivator – Jim Burklo – 5/18/22 My voting suggestions for the June 2022 primary in California National: Senate: Alex Padilla, incumbent Democrat -- vote for him twice! He's got to be voted in to finish out Kamala Harris' term, and... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Musings
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Stumpy pyramid juniper trees, With mossy bark, their twisted limbs, Offer berries, dusty blue in dense bracts, Casting shadows long in wide tracts. Among and between them zig and zag; Hop the rocks broken, bubbled, black: Vestiges of blasts and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2022 at Musings
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Who am I? Who are you? Am I my body? -- which is very, very different than the body I had when I was born, when I was 6 years old, when I was 21 years old, when I was... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2022 at Musings
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A cool clear dawn in early spring: She stepped outside to fill her jug With water from the village well. “What is happening to my feet?” She whispered as she walked along. They’d never felt so full of life… They... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2021 at Musings
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Every so often, I list the progressive Christian resources I've produced, offering them to my colleagues and friends. As 2021 rolls up, consider using them in 2022... All I ask is attribution! My BOOKS on Amazon -- the latest: TENDERLY... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2021 at Musings
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A review of Wholehearted Faith by Rachel Held Evans (Harper One, 2021) I grieved when I finished reading “Wholehearted Faith”. Not just that a good book had come to an end, but that the source of its words had passed... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2021 at Musings
Certain passages from sacred texts can live in your heart and nourish you from within for a lifetime, giving your soul a voice in times of joy and of crisis. You can make it a family affair! Pick out passages... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2021 at Musings
If God is love, then suffering and evil aren’t God’s fault. Love attracts but doesn’t force, doesn’t compel. If God is love, then God is omnipresent, but is neither omnipotent nor omniscient. Because, if God is love, we have choices... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2021 at Musings
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Gather friends and start a Dream Campfire! Nighttime dreams are portals into the realms of the unconscious mind. Paying attention to them brings us to a higher level of consciousness, and can give profound guidance for our lives. This suggested... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2021 at Musings
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Ever feel bewildered in the face of a tough choice or confusing personal situation? You are in great company. And having some of that great company can make your decision-making process a lot easier. That’s what Clearness Committees are all... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2021 at Musings
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"We are climbing Jacob's ladder... every round goes higher, higher..." These words from the old gospel song reflect the biblical myth of Jacob dreaming of a stairway into heaven, with angels going up and down. A 12th c French Catholic... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2021 at Musings
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"Yep, I still can't believe this whole thing is real! If it's one galaxy after another, after another, how can there be any end to it? An example of "forever"?" These are the words of Don Burklo, my dad, responding... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2021 at Musings
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I loved Jesus for the first time when I was sixteen years old, and heard someone read aloud this passage from his Sermon on the Mount: "Love your enemies..." A person who could love his enemies was supremely worth loving... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2021 at Musings
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Before you know it, your kid's childhood is over and she's gone off to college. Before you know it, your vacation is over and it's time to go back to work. Before you know it, the storm has passed and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2021 at Musings
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June 16, 1931 – September 12, 2021 “Abraham breathed his last and died in a good old age, an old man and full of years, and was gathered to his people.” Genesis 25:8, NRSV Our Abraham is now gathered to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2021 at Musings
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You've heard the phrase: "observant" Christian, or "observant" Jew, or "observant" Muslim. Does it mean that if you're observant, you keep kosher, or you eat fish on Fridays, or you pray five times a day, or you go to mass... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2021 at Musings
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For the sake of Mary and Clay, for the sake of war victims and refugees past and present, let us Americans begin to learn from our country's military interventions. Mary is #11 of 13 children born to Hmong refugees from... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2021 at Musings
I dreamed a few nights ago.... I was sitting in an amphitheater outdoors with a large group of Indian Sikh men in turbans and dhotis, all speaking with each other in animated tones. Below were irrigated fields. I was the... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2021 at Musings
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It's that time of the year, when shadows fall long across the land. When turning leaves flutter in the breeze. When the cusp of day and night brings whispers of cool air over still-warm earth. It's that time of delectable... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2020 at Musings
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A few nights ago, I met Jim Burklo. I dreamed I was walking down a scruffy downtown street, and passed by a dingy storefront with a dirty glass door, behind which was an old steelcase desk with a map of... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2020 at Musings
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"And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road." Matthew 2:12 Wise men and women know that there are times when you can't go back the way you... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2020 at Musings
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SEE THE VIDEO of this message HERE Christos anesti! Alithos anesti! Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! This is the good news of the gospel. Good news we need to hear, now more than ever. We have lived through... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2020 at Musings
Seekingsophia- thank you for sharing your story. Just think how you have changed that one person's life just by not being afraid to share your perspective. keep it going, my friend!
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