Category Archives: Culture & Tradition

Culture and Tradition: Gifts and Change

I’ve got some gift for languages.  You follow your gift.  But Latin’s not easy. Ursula K. LeGuin I’ve been teaching Latin for 27 years.  For the last 15 or so, I’ve been a part of a movement that is rather … Continue reading

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Culture and Tradition: Denying What Is

In so far as one denies what is, one is possessed by what is not, the compulsions, the fantasies, the terrors that flock to fill the void. Ursula K. LeGuin We could not be served up more glaring examples of … Continue reading

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Culture and Tradition: Exile

My imagination makes me human and makes me a fool; it gives me all the world and exiles me from it. Ursula K. LeGuin I am continually drawn to the double edged nature of culture, and this quotation from LeGuin … Continue reading

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Culture and Tradition: Explosions!

My spiritual journey looks like an explosion!   This is not entirely metaphorical for me.  My first understanding of G_d was when I was 7 or 8 years old and the engine to our family car exploded.  My family had a … Continue reading

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Culture and Tradition: Creativity

The creative adult is the child who has survived. Ursula K. LeGuin There is an automaticity built into the way human beings act–especially around children. Within any culture, within any subset of a culture particularly within family units and social … Continue reading

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Culture and Tradition: Puzzle Pieces

If you’ve ever purchased a puzzle to put together perhaps during a holiday at a family gathering you know what a blessing and a curse it can be. You have to get one with enough pieces for everyone yet not … Continue reading

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Culture and Tradition: Imagination

As great scientists have said and as all children know, it is above all by the imagination that we achieve perception, and compassion, and hope. Ursula K. LeGuin I overheard a parent talking about her son.  She was very frustrated. … Continue reading

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Culture and Tradition: The Struggle

Like a sculptor, if necessary, carve a friend out of stone. Realize that your inner sight is blind and try to see a treasure in everyone. Rumi I am taken, repeatedly, by how silently and powerfully the elements of my … Continue reading

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Culture and Tradition: Marriage

Recently we considered “tradition” as being both the handing on of wisdom and guidance as well as a potential for handing over the younger generations to limiting ideas. This is exactly what we are seeing unfold in the area of … Continue reading

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Culture and Tradition: Shelter

It is in the shelter of each other that people live. Irish Proverb  Proverbs offer us ideals toward which to live, and often imply the things that we struggle with toward that ideal.  So this proverb.  Ideally, in the best … Continue reading

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