Today, Stephanie is chewing grape bubble gum. I don’t know why, but girls are always prettier when they smell like grape … Continue reading The Battle for the Souls of Children
“Little Stevie Wonder.” “Hi Dora.” I like Dora. She calls me little Stevie Wonder. I don’t know why, but she … Continue reading From Jim Crow to Integration Part 1
I had the good fortune to do a retreat with Korean Zen master Seung Sahn before he died. Two things … Continue reading Can a koan be explained?
My mother was in a coma and dying from cancer. My father asked my sister and me to designate him … Continue reading What is the most selfish act you have ever witnessed?
I was an engineer working for a manufacturing company. There was a deadline that production had to meet. My boss … Continue reading What was the weirdest day of your life?
I was born and raised in Southern Virginia where it was traditional to stay in the family’s faith. My father … Continue reading Is it fair to be born into a religion? Why is the studying of other religions not encouraged during parenting?
A friend of mine, Alan, grew up in a abusive household. He developed a drinking problem. One night when he … Continue reading Should we give money to panhandlers?
I am an atheist (or perhaps an apatheist), have read about various religions and spoken to those who practice them. … Continue reading Why Buddhism?
When I was very young, maybe six years old, my father read me a Bible story. In the story, God … Continue reading What is the most psychologically damaging thing you can say to a child?
I was around five years old and I was helping my father photograph our Christmas lights. He said that the … Continue reading At what age did you start feeling depressed?