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January 2006 Archives

Paging Jane Fonda! Naomi Wolf Needs Support!

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The Web is alive with talk about how Jewish author and feminist Naomi Wolf (the advisor who rightly told Al Gore he needed to access his “alpha” male) has seen Jesus! Yes, the fabulous author of “The Beauty Myth” (a […]

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Feminists Can Be Religious

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Here’s what a thoughtful blogger named Hugo Schwyzer has to add to the Naomi-Wolf-saw-Jesus dialogues: “From the Sunday Herald interview, I don’t know if Naomi Wolf has come to Christ or not. Brief visions are important, but they are not […]

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Purse Feng Shui, Part II: Sporting the Right Charms

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For three Chinese New Year’s in a row now, I have purchased a new beaded Chinese charm to hang on my purse. It’s only about three inches long, and its bright colors are noticeable as it dangles down from my […]

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How to Feng Shui a Purse: My Own Humorous Method

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The time has come to face the facts. I cannot live with my purse any longer, in its current chaotic state. Only the powers of the Asian art of Feng Shui alignment can help. If your handbag is insanely disorganized […]

Top of the Morning

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“Mommy, you know, I can HEAR my mind,” said nine-year-old son Gordon this morning. “In fact, I am listening to it right now.” “Oh, that’s great!” said I. We are in the car, and just a block from their school. […]

Marital No-No?

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This month’s issue of SpiritLed Woman, a glossy Christian woman’s magazine that’s getting better and more interesting, has a piece on marital relations that gave me pause. In it, the writer encourages married women to refrain from masturbating. While alone, […]

Home Design with Good Karma

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I picked up an issue of the hot new home design magazine “Domino,” and I was happy to see that it’s a publication with a clear-seeing eye out for people who can’t afford the latest red refrigerator or hand-painted wallpaper. […]

Blog Heavy

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I think I am working too hard. “I know you are working too hard!” said Mr. Chattering last night. “Read Andrew Sullivan, read the great bloggers! You can save yourself some effort by sticking with just a few ideas, instead […]

Pass Which Salt? There Are So Many!

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Not long ago, my foodie friend Laura (a gifted graduate of the Culinary Institute of America) held up the serving of dinner at a small dinner party because her husband was on his way home with precisely the right kind […]

How Love Grows

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My love involves the love before;My love is vaster passion now;Tho’ mix’d with God and Nature thou,I seem to love thee more and more.” –from “In Memoriam” by Alfred Lord Tennyson

Another Chance at a New You

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Did you cast out your sins, along with your pocket lint and kitchen breadcrumbs, last October for Rosh Hashanah? Perhaps you made resolutions, kissed, and tossed confetti on December 31st. Even if everything worked, even if you’re functioning nicely, feeling […]

Look Mama, My Doll Breast-Feeds Her Baby Too!

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What a great way to quietly inculcate in a growing girl the idea that she too may one day nurse her own baby. And you shouldn’t have to seek privacy by throwing an old nursing blanket over it! This doll […]

Building a Better Miso

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Ever wonder why the miso made from store-bought miso paste isn’t as good as the miso you’re served in Japanese restaurants? Not long ago, I asked the man behind the counter of our local sushi carryout about this, and he […]

Bridging One Generation Gap

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“Who is the audience for this thing?” my 91-year-old father asked, trying to show interest but clearly perplexed. I had my laptop out, and I was kneeling beside him, scrolling through my weblog, stopping at items he might like. He […]

A Spiritual Look at Fitness

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If you are fatigued by those “Seven Days to Better Abs” articles (too often advanced by women’s magazines with chocolate cake photos on their covers), this month’s Vegetarian Times features an article by Shelley Levitt that will assist you in […]

The Mindful Mr. Gere

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Over the years, as I’ve watched Richard Gere talk about his love for Tibetan Buddhism, I have struggled to get past my snobby skepticism that a handsome actor once married to a gorgeous supermodel could tell me anything about reality. […]

The Latest Chastity Belt?

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In the January/February issue of The Atlantic Monthly, writer Caitlin Flanagan says–after lengthy analysis–that some young girls may be performing a brand of highly impersonal oral sex on boys as a last-ditch effort to appropriately postpone deeper experiences (like intercourse […]

The Gere Foundation: Interesting Facts

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Afer I write a blog item these days, I try to locate a free photograph on the web to accompany whatever I’ve written. So just now, when I went on the prowl for a Richard Gere photo, I decided to […]

Yogis Blog on Yoga Conference

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If you hated missing that vast Yoga Journal yoga conference in San Francisco ten days ago, Yoga Journal’s website provides blogged synopses of numerous workshops. “Our breath is our constant companion, a lover who has picked us up from the […]

Spare Your Brita the Sunshine

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Two months ago, I considered blogging about how you really have to wash your Brita pitcher out now and then, since mine had grown a slight but eerie green slime when I wasn’t looking. But then, I discarded the idea […]

Golden Bode: Restoring New Spirit to the Winter Olympics

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It’s hard not to be endeared to the U.S. ski team’s bad boy Bode Miller. The free-thinking athlete–thought to be a candidate for several gold medals–was homeschooled by hippie parents who allowed him time to ponder the meaning of existence […]

A Woman’s Divine Mission

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“Woman, how divine your missionHere upon our natal sod!Keep, oh, keep the young heart openAlways to the breath of God!All true trophies of the agesAre from mother-love impearled;For the hand that rocks the cradleIs the hand that rules the world. […]

Replacing Mama

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My father is recovering from double pneumonia and gets out of the hospital today, so I’m going to South Carolina this afternoon. I’ll be able to cook, keep Dad from driving himself to the grocery store, and forbid him from […]

‘God Too Big For Only One Religion’

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“Beware of confining yourself to a particular belief and denying all else, for much good would elude you–indeed, the knowledge of reality would elude you. Be in yourself a matter for all forms of belief, for God is too vast […]

Bin Laden Has Spoken

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Osama Bin Laden has spoken after a year of public silence, arousing rage, contempt, and worry among the American public. It’s the worry I’m interested in. Worry isn’t good for anyone; plus, you never know if you are worried about […]

Sublime Spiritual Writing Alert: Here’s How the Heart Works

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“…So much held in a heart in a life. So much held in a heart in a day, an hour, a moment. We are utterly open with no one, in the end–not mother and father, not wife or husband, not […]

Oprah’s Softer Smile

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Oprah Winfrey is lovable and powerful. She’s a force of nature. I was happy to see, though, that the most recent cover of her magazine featured the big O herself in a tranquil pose that didn’t shout, “Hey, have I […]

Craving Spiritual Renewal and Retreat

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I am chattering to myself about the upcoming summer. True, it is six months away. And true, I honor living in the moment. But I’m thinking about which summer camp might be right for the two Chattering sons, AND I’m […]

A Top Critic Tries the Alternative Cereals

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On a lighter note, Marian Burros, cookbook author and veteran New York Times food writer, has evaluated the allegedly-healthier breakfast cereals found at alternative grocery stores. She discovered that many of these well-intentioned products are actually high in sodium, and […]

The Case for This Open Casket

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“I think the elaborate, expensive display of an open casket with all the makeup in the slumber room enforces the belief that the person is only asleep, and in my personal opinion would only help to prolong the stage of […]

Beliefnet’s Community of Caretakers

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I appreciated all the loving thoughts directed towards me and my father last week. It is clear, from the energy of the posts, that there are many over-taxed caretakers out there. Did you know that Beliefnet.com has an active Caretaker’s […]

Do You Thank Your Hands and Arms?

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If I were to write a science-fiction novel set in the year 2100, I would have all the characters look pale and wasted, and I would have their forearms bound up in tattered Ace bandages due to overuse of the […]

Please, In the Name of God

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I was on the subway today just before noon when a woman walked through the sparsely populated car and nervously placed seven white index cards near the seats of seven passengers. Without establishing eye contact, she just placed her cards […]

Share the Care and Spread the Word

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Although my 91-year-old father came through his throat biopsy with a clean bill of health, a combination of general anesthesia and exhaustion from a conference he had attended the previous week kicked his immune system into disorder. He collapsed at […]

The Rainbow River

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The rainbow river is a laughing stream,Down in a valley, by a mountain that is pine-tree tall.The rainbow river has a small boy fishing with a worm,And a jam jar by the waterfall. Don’t make a sound, don’t disturb the […]

Kids’ Books on Peace

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Here’s a lovely list of books for children on the subject of peace.

‘Just Another Diamond Day’

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Oh my, if you don’t own British folk singer Vashti Bunyan’s reissued 1970 album “Just Another Diamond Day,” get ready to be playing it all day every day for several weeks. Bunyan was a beautiful, waif-like hippie who was thought […]

What I Meant by ‘Inner Buddha’

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When groping to describe Howard Stern’s innate innocence as a youth, especially when his feelings were hurt by his father, I said yesterday that within that period of suffering, you could see Stern’s “inner Buddha.” And last night, a reader […]

Drop Your Coffee

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Mr. Chattering and one of our sons once saw a stranger accidentally drop a full paper cup of coffee onto the street. “Oh!” said Mr. Chattering. And our son asked innocently, “Why did you say ‘oh’?” Mr. Chattering answered: “Because, […]

‘The Web of Interconnection’

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“Even when we don’t know what to do to make things better for someone, or when whatever we do seems likely to be of little consequence, we can have faith that we are not isolated individuals in a fragmented world. […]

Tibetan Christmas

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Like me, my friend Lee is raising Jewish children in a blended-faith household. And when she was asked by her two sons what she wanted for Christmas last December, she said “world peace.” (Cute. Don’t you love it when moms […]

Finding Howard’s Inner Buddha

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On a similar subject, I felt awful all weekend for making fun of Howard Stern’s childhood of silence and deprivation last week. (He has said that his dad never listened to him.) And of course, if you consider Stern from […]

Understanding Howard Stern

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You know, I am having a hard time seeing shock jock Howard Stern as any kind of American hero. There he is, with his long dark tresses and sunglasses, putting his fist up in the air like a militant Black […]

My Gratitude Prayer

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I have sent a white balloon filled with grateful happiness into the sky, along with a pledge to cultivate an even richer relationship with my 91-year-old father, who this week learned that a growth in his throat is a benign […]

Giving Babies Screen Time and Religion

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Beliefnet sent me “The Praise Baby” collection, a “fun, interactive video” with worship music “that provides a nurturing environment for baby’s spirit and mind.” It’s published by DeepMedia.com. Hmmm. Sadly, this video is not too deep. On the DVD, you’ll […]

‘There is Joy in Self-Forgetfulness’

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“Sometimes, it is true, a sense of isolation enfolds me like a cold mist as I sit alone and wait at life’s shut gate. Beyond there is light, and music, and sweet companionship; but I may not enter. Fate, silent, […]

The Bright Side of Going Nowhere

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When I took a Buddhist “Gesture of Awareness” workshop with Charles Genoud last fall, he assigned our group of thirty the following exercise: we were to walk around the large dance studio, randomly mixing directions, gliding around each other, not […]

For the Love of a Chiming Clock

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As the new year opens to winter’s blossom, I find myself wistfully thinking about time. And this morning, as I entered our house after shopping, I heard our old chiming clock mark the hour. It was running slow, so I […]

Keep a Fire for the Human Race

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Keep a fire for the human raceLet your prayers go drifting into spaceYou never know what will be coming down Perhaps a better world is drawing nearAnd just as easily, it could all disappearAlong with whatever meaning you might have […]

Cooking the Traditional Twelfth Night Cake

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Do you know that today I called the best bakeries in my area and none of them sells a traditional Twelfth Night cake? With the resurgence of interest in old religious celebrations, I’m rather surprised. I want to serve a […]

Casting Back with Jackson Browne

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In addition to the religious music I’ve been playing lately, I’ve found Jackson Browne’s new album “Solo Acoustic, Volume One” a lovely influence. It’s his first live album in twenty-eight years. Many of the songs are acoustic renditions of his […]

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Websites to Visit, Blogs to Read
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Still Posted at My Desk
"Take off from here. And don't be so earnest, let others wear the sackcloth and the ashes. Let go, let fly, forget. You've listened long enough. Now strike your note." From "Station Island," by Seamus Heaney

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And Finally, This:
Place your burden at the feet of the Lord of the Universe who accomplishes everything. Remain all the time steadfast in the heart, in the Transcendental Absolute. God knows the past, present and future. He will determine the future for you and accomplish the work. What is to be done will be done at

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