On Being Blog

Monday, August 17, 2009 - 16:19

A week-long retreat to rural Wisconsin takes us to Frank Lloyd Wright’s summer home Taliesin, and Deer Park Buddhist Center for a meditation on healing and the space we inhabit.

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Saturday, August 15, 2009 - 09:27

Krista reflects on her Irish respite and the words of John O'Donohue on beauty as "a kind of homecoming…"

Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 12:59

Our SoundSeen slideshow of James Prosek's paintings of birds and fish, coupled with his words about the myth of order.

Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 04:49

Overwhelmed by Books

Whew! It’s hard to keep up with all the books that get sent to us for consideration. The table in our office fills up quickly each week, and since our territory is “religion, meaning, ethics, and ideas” we get a little bit of everything. Some are good fits, others are too abstract; some come with thoughtful pitches about why the author would be a good guest for us, others have no relevance and I assume come just because we got on some publisher’s mass distribution list.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009 - 07:19

As we focus increasingly on ourselves, who do we leave behind, abandon? Abraham Joshua Heschel's prescient words on aging and vanity from his essay "To Grow in Wisdom."

Friday, August 7, 2009 - 04:44

Visualizing responses to a Physics World survey on religion and science.

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Sunday, August 2, 2009 - 04:23

The story of a woman whose son was murdered, and her struggle to end the cycle of violence in north Minneapolis.

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