Chinese New Year

Today begins the Chinese New Year, a period of spiritual renewal for all who follow this tradition. Unlike Christian Lent, which began two days ago, and Islam’s Ramadan which begins in a few months. Chinese New Year is also a time of celebration. Almost all...

Two spiritual traditions on the same day

Today, February 14, 2018, by a quirk of the calendar, represents two major Christian spiritual traditions. These two spiritual traditions are not limited to nor exclusive to Christianity. Still we can reflect on the Christian traditions and at the same time recognize...

Stereotypes

Some reviewers have indicated that characters in my books are stereotypes, one said blatant stereotypes. What makes a character a stereotype in readers’ views? All characters in my books are people with who I have interacted, not always pleasantly. If they are...

Justice on Martin Luther King day in the U.S.

Today is Martin Luther King day in the US. We are reminded that the Reverend Dr. King was a strong force for justice and change in the US. Dr. King reminded us of the difference between justice and revenge, and abhorred violent revenge as well.  Dr. King strongly...

New Year and terrorism

Happy New Year to all. This is a holiday recognized by almost all, despite spiritual or religious tradition, even though it is based on the Gregorian calendar promulgated by a Christian, a Roman Catholic pope. This past year has been very mixed in terms of peace. In...