Iron John
Jun12

Iron John

Iron John –  In this deeply learned book, poet and translator Robert Bly offers nothing less than a new vision of what it is to be a man. Bly’s vision is based on his ongoing work with men and reflections on his own life. He addresses the devastating effects of remote fathers and mourns the disappearance of male initiation rites in our culture. Finding rich meaning in ancient stories and legends, Bly uses the Grimm fairy...

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The Eagle Who Thought He Was a Chicken
Mar05

The Eagle Who Thought He Was a Chicken

A baby eagle became orphaned when something happened to his parents. He glided down to the ground from his nest but was not yet able to fly. A man picked him up. The man took him to a farmer and said, “This is a special kind of barnyard chicken that will grow up big.” The farmer said, “Don’t look like no barnyard chicken to me.” “Oh yes, it is. You will be glad to own it.” The farmer took the baby eagle and placed it with his...

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Disappointment
Feb26

Disappointment

“…if hope does not disappoint, then hope appoints….” A few years back a dear friend sat with me as I was suffering the great disappointment of losing my job. He held space for me as I felt the sting of disappointment followed by anger, grief and struggled with a sense of desperation. At one point in the conversation he shared a portion of a bible verse that has stuck with me since: “…because we know...

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Bravery
Oct03

Bravery

A woman sees a car plunge into a frigid  river. Without hesitation she pulls off her shoes, dives in and swims to the car that is rapidly sinking. She yanks the baby from the carseat and swims to shore; the driver sitting shivering on the bank. What makes someone brave? Does courage live in the heart or the mind? What compels some people to turn toward danger and others to run away? Several video clips I thought worth...

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