In Baghdad, Dreaming of Cairo

I volunteered to write a short devotional for my church's Lenten devotional book. The one I chose was based on the text from Jeremiah 17:7-8.  When I sat down to write a couple of days ago, this re-imagined version of Rumi's "In Baghdad, Dreaming of Cairo" came out.  It's based on the Coleman Barks adaptation …

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Pursuing a Depth Year

Some of you may have heard of the concept of a Depth Year, first suggested by blogger David Cain at his site Raptitude (by the way, I heartily endorse his blog).  If you aren't familiar, you may want to read Cain's original post, Go Deeper Not Wider, and his follow up post from earlier this …

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KonMari-ing Facebook

Unless you've been blissfully un-involved with Facebook over the past few years, you're probably aware of the love-hate relationship most of us have developed for the platform.  In my case, it's more of a (grudgingly) tolerate-hate relationship.  There are, of course, many reasons for this - data privacy issues, the addictive nature of its design, …

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Reflections on the Enneagram, Part 2: On Getting in Touch with Emotions

As usual, I'm not really keeping up with the pace I had hoped.  In some ways that reflects quite well the issue I wrote about in the first installment, i.e., facing unpleasant and difficult things.  While I don't find writing unpleasant, I do find it difficult, in that I so often lack confidence that what …

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Reflections on the Enneagram, Part 1: On Difficult Things

At the risk of sounding a bit new-agey, I must admit that I've long studied the Enneagram and have gained a lot of insight into myself and my relationships through that study.  Of course, personal development comes in fits and starts (at least for me), so I have not always fully heeded the sage advice …

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