While I pull the shattered pieces of my soul back together,
here is a simple list.
The list of first
lines of books I read in October.
like it was a different world way back then.
To observe your mind in automatic mode, glance at the image
below (Figure 1).
Your experience as you
look at the woman’s face seamlessly combines what we normally call seeing and
As surely and
quickly as you saw that the young woman’s hair is dark, you knew she is
Last Sunday the host of a popular news show asked me what it
meant to lose my body.
The host was
broadcasting from Washington, D.C., and I was seated in a remote studio on the
far west side of Manhattan.
closed the miles between us, but no machinery could close the gap between her
world and the world for which I had been summoned to speak.
When the host asked me about my body, her
face faded from the screen, and was replaced by a scroll of words, written by
me earlier that week.
The regular meeting of the barristers who inhabit my old
Chambers in Equity Court took place, one afternoon, in an atmosphere of
present was a character entirely new to them, a certain Luci Gribble, whom our
leader, in a momentary ambition to reach the status of an ‘entrepreneur’, had
taken on as Director of Marketing and Administration.
I am Uncle Sam, a proud spokesman for the United States of
I will be your guide through
our country’s history as revealed in the key documents of its past and present.
The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of
As it is written in the prophet Isaiah,
“See, I am sending my messenger
ahead of you,
who will prepare your way;
the voice of one crying out in the
‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight,’”
John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a
baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
A man recently told me something about his faith life, as
people are wont to do with ministers.
said, “I’m spiritual but not religious, and I want to give you my testimony, if
you will, about why I do not attend church.”
Now, can I
just vent for a minute? When I meet a teacher I don’t feel the need to tell him
that I always hated math.
Here are the titles and authors.
Fast and Slow
by Daniel Kahneman.
This book’s main point is that our brains are wired to do
easy (fast) thinking first.
We are much
more susceptible to suggestion than we think we are. There are a lot of
important concepts in this book.
Unfortunately, I’m too sad to dig up my notes to mention more.
I’m pretty sure that this is in there: if
someone repeats a lie enough times, then people will believe it’s true. And hardly any of us will do the work to investigate the lie and uncover the truth.
Between the World and
, by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
This was a difficult topic: race in America.
Coates grew up in Baltimore, as did I, but in
a different world.
Sadly, I can’t say
more about this book because I lost my notes.
Rumpole and the
, by John Mortimer.
Rumpole left me grinning as he solves mysteries, wins (or
loses) cases, and gets the better of his hapless colleagues in Equity Court.
Uncle Sam Presents The
Great American Documents, Vol 1: 1620-1830
, by Ruth Ashby, illustrated by
n (graphic book).
I learned some things from this comic book.
I had never thought very much about the
I just assumed that
there were only pilgrims on the boat, but that wasn’t true.
Only half were pilgrims, and as you can
imagine, the pilgrims didn’t get along too well with the rest, who were
“tradesmen, merchants, craftsmen, and their families.”
Hence the need for a compact.
I also didn’t remember much about the Indian
Removal Act – a reprehensible part of our nation’s history, and still relevant
The Gospel of Mark
Jesus' main activities are healing, casting out demons, and
defying the Pharisees and teachers of the law.
There is a fair amount of eating in this gospel.
There is much apocalyptic language: Jesus
predicts his own death and resurrection three times, and talks about the end
And let’s not forget raising
people from the dead, and rising from the dead. Here are a couple of my
Mark 2:5 When Jesus saw [his friends’] faith, he said to the
paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
Mark 3:35 “Whoever does the will of God is my brother and
sister and mother.”
When “Spiritual But
Not Religious” Is Not Enough: Seeing God in Surprising Places, Even the Church
by Lillian Daniel
I was almost afraid to post those cranky first lines.
Because the way I feel about it is that if
you are spiritual but not religious and want to talk to me about it, I’m all
I am interested to hear how you
are (or are not) spiritual, even if it’s to discuss the Flying Spaghetti
Monster. But perhaps that’s the advantage I have, in not being official clergy.
This book made a lot of good points, Rev
Daniel’s occasional grumpiness notwithstanding.
The only reason I am able to post this is because I wrote it before November 8th. If you would like to reply in the comments, please keep it
I’m devastated by the
Any comments telling
me to get over it already will be put in the toaster oven on high for three hours