Category Archives: Shoulders of Giants

There are many folks out their who say things much better than I do; and have thought this life through with much more insight than I could muster. These are reflections on their thoughts.

The amazing example of Jean Vanier

May I highly recommend the podcast: The Wisdom of Tenderness: Jean Vanier on Lived Compassion, L’Arche, and Becoming Human http://www.onbeing.org/program/wisdom-tenderness/234 on Krista Tippit’s program “On Being” It is so worth the listen.  Jean Vanier is a man of rare wisdom … Continue reading

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A Shot in the Arm

Brennan Manning has taught me much.  A brother sent this link to me, and I had to pass it on to you.

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Rubens as Peacemaker

A while back I spent some time reading a nice little book by Phaidon on the artist Rubens by Kristin Lohse Belkin.  In it I was struck by the prolific painting career of Peter Paul Rubens in the Baroque era … Continue reading

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Samuel May in Pate de Verre

Samuel Joseph May was a Unitarian abolitionist minister in the 1800’s.  Over the years I’ve been collecting stories of friendship throughout history and was very moved by May’s friendship with the revolutionary abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison; a friendship marked with … Continue reading

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C.S. Lewis on Originality

Here’s a nice quote to get you going this week: “Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it … Continue reading

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The Kingdom

I’m a big fan of Frederick Buechner and ran on to this of his as of late.  Thought I’d share it with you all. Hope your Thanksgiving went well. “If we only had eyes to see and ears to hear … Continue reading

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Healing of Suffering

A very nice book I read this summer while in Belgium and France while traveling with students was “Kitchen Table Wisdom” by Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D.   I found her to be honest, insightful, practical, and down to earth with her … Continue reading

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