Ready for Merton

An old saying, sometimes attributed to an anonymous Zen master, asserts, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” On the upcoming 100th anniversary of Thomas Merton’s birth (January 30, 2015), this would seem to be the case for me and his writings. I first encountered Merton in my 20s,...

What Do I Say?

Franciscan Media has recently published a book to help those taking care of seriously ill and dying people to communicate with and comfort them. What Do I Say? Talking and Praying with Someone Who Is Dying by Margrit Anna Banta offers just that, plus something more. By demystifying the process in a peaceful...

A Quiet Pursuit

For the past few months, I have been following the work of a previously unknown photographer, Vivian Maier. The story of the discovery and subsequent promotion of her work by dogged chronicler and historian John Maloof is portrayed brilliantly in a recent documentary, Finding Vivian Maier. It is the story of...

Your Attention, Please

In an ongoing quest to become more efficient and effective at life, I am reading a book entitled The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload by Daniel J. Levitin. Levitin’s approach to the subjects of organizing ties it to the neurological structures of the human brain. He...

Audio Enhancements

I have an enviably short commute from my home to my office, from 20 minutes on a problem-free day to a half hour on accident-blocked, school-bus-encumbered, construction-zone-plagued days. It’s a blessing, really. I am in awe of and completely nonplussed by those stalwart souls who endure daily commutes of...

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