Religious Pluralism on NPR

Religious Pluralism on NPR

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right to freedom of religion (or non-religion). It also protects practitioners of “double belonging,” people who follow two religions simultaneously. Americans are used to being able to pick and chose from...
Nomadic Christian

Nomadic Christian

I didn’t plan to be a nomad. Yet in the last decade, a combination of school, work and family saw me in a new city—across the country from the previous city—every two years. While I had moving down to a science (checklists, procedures, the three day un-pack), I was...
One of Us

One of Us

The headline in the electronic newsletter came was written in large font: “She’s one of us.” My favorite magazine that offers hope and harmony to people living with bipolar depressions, bphope, called attention to the recent disclosure that actress Catherine...
Empty

Empty

My favorite slogan of the environmental movement is the edict that we should: “live simply so others can simply live.” It’s a basic truism that most of us who are living in the world’s wealthiest nations find incredibly difficult to enact. The everyday components of...
Dream Big

Dream Big

While many individuals around the world play harmless pranks and jokes on their friends and colleagues, April first marks a different kind of celebration for me. April first marks the beginning of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. April first is also the anniversary of...
Flight

Flight

  This is part three of three parts. See part one “cry it out” and part two “falling” Human beings have long admired and envied a bird’s ability to soar through the skies. I imagine that this initiated the design of the kite, and reaches its pinnacle in space...
Falling

Falling

  This is part two of three parts. See last week’s part one, “cry it out” In 2001, the rock band, Creed, released their album Weathered that featured a song that climbed into the top ten of the Billboard music charts. “One Last Breath” has stayed with me in the...
Cry It Out

Cry It Out

I experience one of life’s greatest pleasures when a child hugs me. Warm fuzzies head to toe in less than two seconds. When I was a child, hugging adults usually conveyed a familial or extended family relationship, and joy for the adult’s presence. And like many other...
Silence

Silence

I’ve long felt that the Christmas season begins too early and ends too soon. This is not a religious complaint. It’s a commercial complaint. In the consumer culture of the United States, Christmas decorations appear in drug stores and grocery markets before Halloween....