Author Archives: Jim

The Grief and Intimacy of my Dear Brother’s death

Note: The following is a transcript from a talk I gave to the St. Croix Unitarians on August 19, 2018. My brother John died on June 15 2018. This month he would have been 61. He was as tall as I, … Continue reading

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Omen of the Four Vultures

7/2015: I leave my driveway in rural Wisconsin around noon, taking my dog on a walk.  I get to the edge of my property where I had re-planted a white pine that was going to die. The tree is now … Continue reading

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Transitions, Impermanence, and Five Invitations 

Note: The following is a transcript from a talk I gave to the St. Croix Unitarians on October 15, 2017. There is a story of a Sufi master who was known for his open heart and mind. He died in the … Continue reading

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Islamophobia

Note: Following is a transcript from a presentation I gave for St. Croix Falls Unitarians on August 6 2017. I want to begin by stating that I am not an expert on the topic of Islamophobia.  But what does seem … Continue reading

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On Love and Loving

Note: The following is a transcript from a talk I gave to the St. Croix Unitarians on March 19, 2017. I’m going to open with a poem by Mary Oliver, which is about the love she shares with her dog. … Continue reading

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