Life is a Sonata

Oscar Wilde said that life imitates art, and today my life feels like a sonata. In sonata form in music, there are three sections: exposition, development and recapitulation.  The exposition offers a musical identity, the development plays with that identity by building tension with a sense that this journey may be moving in another direction, and then the recapitulation brings…


I’m a What???

Student: I could never be a spiritual leader. Me: Why not? Student: I haven’t figured out my own stuff. How can I help them figure out theirs?  I don’t know what I believe. How can I tell anyone else what to believe? Me: The fact that you are aware enough to know that you haven’t figured it all out is…


The Hand of God and the Creative Process

Hi all!  I have to write a Torah commentary each week for a class I’m taking.  I thought you might enjoy the one for this week about the creative process… No, it doesn’t have anything to do with Purim  ;) ——————– If God was a painter in 16th century Italy?  Would God’s brush strokes have qualities in common with those…

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The G-word

What do you feel when you read the word “God”? Here, try it. God. I’ll tell you what I feel if you tell me what you feel. :) I feel a male presence.  I feel something above me.  I feel a little nervous and maybe a little stressed.  I feel like I’m about to be told what to do.  I…

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Sometimes I Feel Like a Jamaican Bobsledder

Sometimes I feel like a Jamaican bobsledder. No doubt those guys in 1988 got some funny looks when they first took their positions at the top of the track.  What unlikely warm-climate candidates they were for an icy sport.  They didn’t look like the other bobsledders, they didn’t sound like the other bobsledders, and their lives, I’m sure, had very…


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