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September 2009 Archives

Who Are You? What Are You Passionate About?

posted by Joan Ball

I submitted one of the simplest and most interesting applications I’ve ever encountered today.     It consisted of two simple, yet thought-provoking questions with a 125-word limit on the answers. The first: Who are you? The second: If you […]

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Atonement…

posted by Joan Ball

Today is Yom Kippur, the culmination of the high holy days that extend from the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, to the day of atonement, Yom Kippur.   I never thought much about these holidays beyond days off in public […]

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More Thoughts on Success…and Failure: Alain de Botton at TED

posted by Joan Ball

Justice is impossible to achieve, consumption is more about needing love than wanting stuff and a society without some kind of transcendent focus (i.e. God, gods, nature, etc.) leaves its citizens with little choice but to make themselves the God […]

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The Secret to My Success…and Satisfaction

posted by Joan Ball

I came up for air this morning after a week of juggling final book edits, beginning a new semester of teaching, attempting to get ahead of my studies, and trying to get into the groove of a new school year […]

They Don’t Make Them Like This Anymore: Rest in Peace Patrick Swayze

posted by Joan Ball

Dirty dancing final Patrick Swayze Uploaded by laetitoumi – Watch more music videos, in HD!

September 11…

posted by Joan Ball

In this StoryCorps recording, retired New York City firefighter John Vigiano Sr. remembers his sons, John Jr., a firefighter, and Joe, a policeman (photo below), both of whom died at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. I do not […]

Obama and Health Insurance…

posted by Joan Ball

I’ll admit it. I don’t know enough about health insurance or the complexities of the US budget to know whether or not the Obama healthcare proposal is feasible. Based solely on the he-said, she-said of television pundits and little in-depth […]

Prepared Remarks of President Obama Back to School Event: You Decide…

posted by Joan Ball

Prepared Remarks of President Barack ObamaBack to School Event via Whitehouse Arlington, VirginiaSeptember 8, 2009 The President: Hello everyone – how’s everybody doing today? I’m here with students at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia. And we’ve got students tuning in from all […]

Calm Within the Storm and Keeping Our Priorities Straight: Is it Possible?

posted by Joan Ball

If you’re anything like me you have more on your plate than there are hours in the day. I’m not complaining, mind you. My to-do list is filled with things I love to do – teaching great kids at a […]

Letting Go: We Cry “My Hut! My Hut!” as the Castle Awaits Our Arrival

posted by Joan Ball

“Letting go is a painful prcess filled with both grief and coming alive at the same time. One part of us clings to the old familiar and fractured portions of ourself as the new emerging unfamiliar nature of our true […]

Snippets From “The Stone” by Sara: Age 12

posted by Joan Ball

I asked L.L. Barkat, author of Stone Crossings: Finding Grace in the Hard and Hidden Places when it was that she’d become a writer. She answered with a typically simple, yet thoughtful response, “I don’t know…was it when I wrote, illustrated and […]

The Devil You Know…

posted by Joan Ball

The following comment from kenneth on yesterday’s post, Why Is It So Hard to Let Go of Our Shortcomings?, provides an interesting take on the question of letting go. What do you think of his assertion that we would prefer […]

Why is It So Hard to Let Go of Our Shortcomings?

posted by Joan Ball

Whether pursued through therapy, recovery or spiritual endeavors, sustained transformational change of heart, mind and life is difficult to achieve. Who hasn’t made and broken a commitment to get more organized, stop smoking, quit drinking, work more, work less, stop […]

Previous Posts

Does the Protestant Work Ethic Hold Up in the 21st Century
This was originally posted last year, but it's on my mind again today... Reading a "secular" textbook this morning about the roots of Americans' tendency to define themselves by the work they do and came across this: "Calvin's doctrine of predestination led his followers [to view] success in wor

posted 2:48:59pm Feb. 13, 2012 | read full post »

Does the Protestant Work Ethic Hold Up in the 21st Century?
This was originally posted last year, but it's on my mind again today... Reading a "secular" textbook this morning about the roots of Americans' tendency to define themselves by the work they do and came across this: "Calvin's doctrine of predestination led his followers [to view] success in wor

posted 12:57:29pm May. 25, 2011 | read full post »

Holy Saturday: Thoughts on Sacrifice
Woke this morning thinking about sacrifice and how infrequently most of us, myself included, actually sacrifice anything of true value to ourselves for God and others. Sure we give money to our favorite charities. But when is the last time we actually parted with money that would have gone to paying

posted 9:50:42am Apr. 23, 2011 | read full post »

Maundy Thursday: Inspirational Holy Week Stories for an Extraordinary Season...
Wondering about the meaning of Holy Week and Easter? A new friend and talented author, pastor, artist Dr. David McDonald, has created a helpful site called The Common Truth: Ordinary Stories for an Extraordinary Season that offers thought-provoking daily reflections and inspirational Easter season

posted 9:51:07am Apr. 21, 2011 | read full post »

An Ordinary Holy Week Primer for an Extraordinary Season...
Wondering about the meaning of Holy Week and Easter? A new friend and talented author, pastor, artist Dr. David McDonald, has created a helpful site called The Common Truth: Ordinary Stories for an Extraordinary Season that offers thought-provoking daily reflections on Palm Sunday, Fig Monday, Grea

posted 12:27:39am Apr. 19, 2011 | read full post »

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