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Oct. 13, 2015 Portugal, Pilgrimage, and Jackie Lovato

Dear Friends,

While poking around in my library, a book inadvertently, but not accidentally fell off a shelf. I picked it up, mused over it a bit and noted a quote on the back cover from Jacob Needleman. 496 more words

Travel: Boots On The Ground

Sacred Impulse = Soul Impulse

Matterofprayer: A Year of Everyday Prayers – Thursday, June 25, 2015

Sacred Impulse = Soul Impulse

Boy, could I relate to this chapter in Handbook for the Soul. 340 more words

Books that have made a difference in my life

I’ve recently sat myself down long enough to read in quick succession two very inspiring books I intend to blog about,.. but two nights ago happened upon a third, which reminded me of a fourth I read years back… And if I am going to make a list, I HAVE to mention a fifth… See? 805 more words


Scientific Curiosity and Existential Need


Curiosity does not have an especially good reputation, and one often finds the word coupled with “mere” so that “mere curiosity” can be elegantly dismissed as though beneath the dignity of the speaker, who can then go about his much more grand and august pursuits without the distraction of the petty, grubbing motivation of… 2,243 more words

Strictly Theoretical

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quote.

Emerson, R. W., & Needleman, J. (2008). The spiritual Emerson: Essential works. New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin.


Food for Thought for the New Year

Here’s a wonderful quote from Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, taken from my book SPIRIT STONES:

“There’s a very compelling metaphor I heard first from Jacob Needleman. He says that there is a mountain and the mountain is very high, and the top of the mountain is being with God. 158 more words

Teaching on the Edge

(This is a highly abbreviated edition of a previously published page)

Once you start looking, the heartfelt criticisms of modern education are stunning. In a delightful letter written to Paul Strand from Texas in 1917, Georgia O’Keeffe told of an exhilarating risk she took in her search for authentic education: “I’ve talked in Faculty Meeting,” she wrote, “a rearing, snorting time – it was amazing to me – I just knocked everybody’s head against the wall and made hash – and told them what I thought of school teachers and their darned courses of study and raised a time generally — it was an event … I talked for conservation of thought- in the child and the student- education for the livingness of life rather than to get a certificate- That teachers are not living – they are primarily teachers … Art never seemed so worthwhile to me before” (Cowart & Hamilton, 1987, P. 2,069 more words