a bird in the hamsa

Posted by on Mar 5, 2012 in Christianity, Islam | No Comments

My hand pressed deeply into cool marble. Millions of other and more earnest hands had worn deep fingerprints into the central column of the Portico de la Gloria just inside the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in northernmost Galicia, and touching so many centuries of aspiration and supplication gave me a quick jolt. But, just ...

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the golden wow

Posted by on Oct 2, 2011 in Buddhism, Christianity, The Golden Bough | No Comments

I begged my most Christian collegiate compadre to buy me condoms. Oh, the things a fledgling proselytizer doesn’t imagine they’ll be called to do. But, after two shocked eyebrows and one sigh of resignation as I bolted out of her post-collegiate apartment door for a date — and an impending affair — that I hadn’t ...

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noooo way

The Hindu, the Buddhist, and the Christian were all sitting together. They were taking questions now. There was a big pause. I had not intended to cause discomfort. I had actually hoped for a different answer. The Christian, a Methodist minister with a warm and quiet demeanor, had spoken gently about God as Love and about how we ...

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walls without sides

Posted by on Sep 30, 2010 in Buddhism, Christianity, The Snow Leopard | No Comments

Mani walls are like generous mounds of pause buttons in and along the paths of the Himalaya. So called because each flat stone has been carved with the mantra “Om mani padme hum,” they are meant to be walked around, a momentary 360 degrees, a freely offered chance to take an intentional breath and get ...

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