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Matisse Revisited

I have loved Matisse forever. I considered naming my daughter Camille, well…you get it. I’m happy with Camille and so is she. But I first saw Matisse’s Jazz (cut-outs which are pretty simple but amazing) at the old SFMOMA with a group of high school students I had brought there for a retreat. We had stayed…

Respect & Poise Under Pressure

As I ask questions of friends from around the country about the current state of affairs pretty much 100% agree that we are living in times that have grown terse and even somewhat savage. One thing they all have in common is that they are a different kind of “thinker/perceiver,” and probably the best way…

What is Transformation?

And we all, with unveiled faces, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. (2 Cor. 3:18, ESV)  What is transformation? Within both Christian academic circles and the Self-Help community I have noted popular teachers tossing the terms “transformational” and…

Going Back Without Going Backward

It’s a very strange feeling to be inside a law office after almost four years. For one thing, there’s the nostalgic smell: a combination of paper, ink, stress, greed, decade old high-traffic carpet and coffee. For another there’s the physical presence of it, a world of people wearing business clothes and professional smiles, offering firm…

An Uncovering

More than any year in my (admittedly short) life 2020 felt interminable. I feel like I aged at least a decade that year, and talking to my friends and family I don’t think I’m the only one. So much has happened, so much has changed; how are we to make sense of it all? One…

A Call to Wake the Sleeper

Jesus’ Sayings Read as Zen Koans ____________________________________________________________________             This problem is easily recognized by Zen Buddhism. It is for this reason that Zen does not ask the practitioner to earn their own enlightenment, for how can enlightenment come from the self when the self lies sleeping in the vale of illusion? Rather, the practitioner is…