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God – Is He Not All That Into Us?

Hurricane Katrina Revisited Wanting to live peacefully and without conflict, many shy away from politics and even religion. Admittedly that this is a tempting prospect. However, being a citizen of this world for over 50 years now, I know it is impossible to totally avoid both subjects, especially conversations about God. Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul, in another of his books – the name of which escapes me now – suggests that we cannot separate our religious, spiritual and political lives.  We are impacting the community with

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Servant Leadership In The Age Of Trump

More Than Just Words That We Forget In a servant leadership culture we learn by choice or example that if we want to be great, we have to serve others respectfully.” ― Vern Dosch Before you get turned off thinking that this is a political post, let me tell you two things. It is not. However, all my posts are in some way political. Politics is very much part of my make up. Just as being professional is, likewise pastoral. These form part of what I have described in a

Finding Soul In Your Religious And Spiritual Life

Another Adventure In Faith “Finding” might not be the best word to underscore the main point of this, the closing conservation on the book, Care Of The Soul. The better description of the invitation is “Come realize soul in the midst of all your waking moments and dreams.” However, exactly one month later, my exploration with Thomas Moore‘s Care of the Soul, a New York #1 Bestseller, has come to an end.  Yet, it is really a beginning, one in which my first conscious step was taken over 15 years

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Guilt Trap: How To Escape It

Main Course Growing up, there were certain foods on the menus that my mother cooked for us. Some were my favourites.  Ackee & saltfish (when she could afford the latter), curried chicken served with rice and peas and of course, oxtail and beans.  Jamaican cuisine, if I may say so, is quite enticing and these dishes are among the best tasting. However, there were other side dishes on my mother’s menu. The one that would stay on my palate for ages was guilt. Mind you, she was not a Catholic

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Validation: Why Seeking It Is A Waste Of Your Time

Even The ‘Mighty’ Celebrity-watch is not one of my pastimes but the activities of a few, very few, do occasionally catch my attention. Tyrese Gibson is one and his most recent marriage has interested me. The fact of him tying the knot is not what interests me but the mixed reactions of his fans.  His own response to their attitudes towards, acceptance of and, for some, non-acceptance of his new wife is telling. What prompted this post is a fan’s recent comment. She essentially told him to stop seeking validation

Observing The Soul: 6 Cries For Recognition

More Care of The Soul Sunday – a new week has begun. So caught up with observing the ‘unfoldings’ that writing a post did not feel like the thing to do. “Observance of the soul can be deceptively simple. You take back what has been disowned. You work with what is, rather than with what you wish were there.”  Thomas Moore The book is Care Of The Soul and as shared the week before last, it is the one in my handbag.  Did you buy a copy? If not, get

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Care, Not Cure Of The Soul

Another Week, Another Assignment There are some statements, sayings, quotes – call them whatever you like – that just pisses me off! Here is one: “A lesson will keep repeating itself until it is learned.” Talk show queen, Oprah Winfrey, popularized that one, however, it has its foundation in Buddhist teachings. At least that is where I first heard it. A lesson that was seemingly assigned to me this past week was taking care of my soul. Wrapping up my reading, finally, of Dr. Peale’s Enthusiasm Makes The Difference, the

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Life Gets Better When You…Fill In The Blank

Song On Our Lips Music permeates almost every aspect of Jamaican life. Whether we are happy, mourning, doing laundry or about to riot there is a song on our lips or moving our feet (and hips of course). Contemplating this week’s conversation, the song that came to mind was very popular in the 1970’s. Played most frequently at political rallies and by one of the two contending parties on the island, it promised “Better Must Come!” Derrick Wilson was the artist who made it popular on the island and it