Is That a Shame?

Originally posted on Truly Open Minds and Hearts:
By Mel Harkrader Pine “A lot of people seem to think I started this business,” (Elvis) Presley told Jet magazine in 1957. “But rock ‘n’ roll was here a long time before I came along. Nobody can sing that music like colored people. Let’s face it: I…

Me, Too

Let’s recognize that no one has a monopoly on pain.

How Vietnam Scarred Us

My generation came head-to-head with the draft and the Vietnam war just as we reached the age of questioning and rebellion.


I find the similarities between the Shahada and the Shema…striking in their similarity. Even the words both mean “hear, listen, pay attention.”

My Muse from Gerichsstaal 600

What we need most in the U.S. is truth and reconciliation. Maybe that’s what the Nuremberg trials represented for Jews, incomplete as they were.

Injustice Anywhere…

Oppression and injustice are not competitive sports with winners and losers and a need to take sides.

My Life

My spiritual life takes two interconnected (aren’t they all?) paths. I’ll discuss the Buddhist one, the Unitarian Universalist one, and how they connect.

The Great Perfection

In each moment, we can use our free will to take a non-dual, compassionate view or submit to the karma that tends to pull us toward self-and-other.