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Walking with Cephalophores

I’m inspired by the Cephalophores, those saints who go along carrying their heads in their arms, cradled somewhere in the location of their hearts, necessarily. Historically, they carry their heads to indicate that they were beheaded physically. But I want … Continue reading

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I loaf and invite my soul (Walt Whitman)

Doing nothing often leads to something. Indeed, I am gestating something and will unveil it in due time, perhaps in August or September, if I understand the due date correctly. Meanwhile I loaf as the proper accompaniment to gestation, and … Continue reading

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I Want to Do Nothing

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The Kindness of Strangers: Ramadan Mubarak

We arrived back in London last night, after a week of pilgrimage cum holiday travel in and around Assisi, Italy. By the time the jet’s wheels rolled on the tarmac, I’d been whining off and on for some hours about … Continue reading

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Too Big To Fail and Too Small to Matter: Don’t Go Back to Sleep!

(What follows is the text of a talk I gave to students last week at Hartnell College, Salinas, about why their educations matter.) Good afternoon and welcome to the final session of the 2015 Academic Expo at Hartnell College, a … Continue reading

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There Goes My Hamburger!

I can see it in the eyes of some people as soon as I take to the podium, the fear that the author of Spirit Unleashed: Reimagining Human-Animal Relations is going to tell them they shouldn’t eat meat. “There goes … Continue reading

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Having Time and Energy, Without Buyer’s Remorse!

I spent much less money this year than I used to spend for the holidays. I spent less time and energy shopping, too. And, if I read my social world rightly, so did a lot of Americans. I spent more … Continue reading

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Steve Wiggins, Religions Editor for Oxford University Press, on Spirit Unleashed.

And With Thy Spirit Posted on December 12, 2014 | 2 Comments I grew up with pets. In a house with three boys, an aging mother, and no husband, my mother seemed to know instinctively that animals were a way … Continue reading

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From Oxford University Press, Steve Wiggins on Spirit Unleashed

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It’s Natural to Love Nature

Photo: People’s Climate March, “Behind Noah’s Ark” I was recently asked to speak at the Religions for the Earth Conference on the topic “Outdoor Epiphanies,” an expression that might well summarize the meaning of my life. As John Muir famously … Continue reading

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