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Malcolm Boyd

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Start Feeling Your Age?

(3) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 10:12 AM

Growing older possesses many deep, often mysterious meanings. I wonder: is there a particular moment of truth? For me, such a moment occurred when I found myself at a casual, informal party where everyone was at least 30 years younger than me. We may glimpse the emergent truth of our...

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Aging Is the Biggest Story of All

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 6:41 PM

It seemed quite natural the other day when sports superstar Kobe Bryant, 35, ruminated about growing older in the context of referring to a fashion legend. Bryant's remark is in a New Yorker interview with Ben McGrath. He said: "Giorgio Armani didn't start Armani until he was 40....

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People Are Asking: Give Us a Hero

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 5:11 PM

When I look in a dictionary for a definition of "hero," it doesn't help me. One says, "Any person, esp. a man, admired for courage, nobility, etc." A second definition doesn't help either: "The central male character in a novel, play, etc."

When I look at a hero, I'm...

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President Obama's Honorary Kitchen Cabinet

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 4:22 PM

I sent a couple of contributions -- quite modest, actually -- to President Obama in response to his outreach for financial support. Then, to my dismay and genuine surprise, I received a card in the mail -- addressed personally to me -- that said, "Member of President Obama's Honorary Kitchen...

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Good Oscars and Bad Oscars

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 12:02 PM

Once again it's the Oscars' time to be in the world spotlight. In my youth I worked in Hollywood's motion picture industry and was a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. We worked hard but it was also great fun. Glamour was the word. I...

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From the NFL to Africa to Next Door: Civil Rights for Gays?

(1) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 7:46 AM

These are heady days for gay rights in many quarters. Headlines have been dominated by Michael Sam's introduction to the world as a National Football League prospect who is gay. There is widespread support for gays and lesbians in key areas of the United States and Europe. Yet this is...

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Vice President in Charge of Revolution

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 8:47 AM

Is it time for a Vice President in charge of Revolution? Make any sense to you?

Sometimes a book (or play or film) comes along that introduces new ways of perception or making sense. One of these (a classic, not a new title) is "Vice President in Charge of...

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World Welcomes Pope Francis' New Voice and Style

(1) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 7:03 AM

A new voice can be exciting and challenging. A new attitude can be more significant than just new utterances. New leadership can mean fresh hope instead of old reruns. So Pope Francis is more than the leader of one billion Roman Catholics. He is a key person in a global...

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What Happened to Humility?

(0) Comments | Posted January 3, 2014 | 8:15 AM

I'll call her Daphne Rouge. Her name has just been called out. She has won a new coveted international award. The crowd filling the immense hall is already on its feet, cheering her name. People are watching this event in Stockholm and Rio, Tokyo and Hong Kong, Seattle and New...

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A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 5:24 PM

I do quite a lot of what's called "spiritual direction." What is it? Basically trying to find out what is really going on in an utterly complex game of life. Of course, this includes one's own life.

Here are some relevant questions:

  1. Who am I?

  2. What do I...

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Death at the Heart of Life

(2) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 4:45 PM

He had been murdered at Hayneville, Alabama, on Friday, August 20, 1965.

The following Monday, people started arriving at his hometown of Keene, New Hampshire, for his funeral service that would take place the next day. We gathered at the home of his mother on Summer Street,...

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Thankful for Someone at Thanksgiving? I Am

(1) Comments | Posted November 14, 2013 | 10:56 AM

Despite her demise at 99, Beatrice -- my mother -- continues to play a startling part of continuing life. So her departure is more symbolic than actual. She remains present in all sorts of life's significant details.

She had a remarkable knack to be a significant person in all sorts...

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Violets Have Broken the Rocks; Underground Faith

(6) Comments | Posted November 1, 2013 | 3:27 PM

Our approaches to spiritualities and theologies are not meant to be fenced-in, barbed-wired, rigidly controlled or tightly enclosed. God is free; so are we. The entire life of Jesus Christ points to inclusivity again and again, embracing the outcast, offering love to one who had been denied it, and placing...

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Coming Out With a Bang -- The Wilde Ten

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2013 | 3:15 PM

It was a press conference that appeared on every TV station in the world. The celebrities included:

Erica Fitch, "America's Sweetheart," won Wimbledon four times.

George Earnest appears resplendent in his uniform as a general.

Patrician and elderly, Daphne Christie has written three classic novels which were...

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Was She an Angel in Disguise?

(1) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 3:04 PM

I live in the rambunctious yet strangely sedate area of Los Angeles called Silver Lake. Today there's an autumn hustle and bustle on my street., a flourishing thoroughfare in disguise. It includes virtually everything in your imagination. There's a hardware store, gym, hamburger joint, liquor place, hair salon, a pizzeria....

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(0) Comments | Posted October 4, 2013 | 3:22 PM

let's get real...who cares?
the government has shut down
did you hear me? The government has shut down
this means I've been shut down
Is anybody listening?
I'm scared
Life is so impersonal, isn't it?

Given the circumstances, what will we...

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President Obama: What Is Your Spiritual Side?

(1) Comments | Posted September 25, 2013 | 2:59 PM

I wonder: how do you handle the daily and endless influx of global and local crises, with apparently limited time for spiritual reflection and personal peace?

I supported you from the start to become the first black president of the U.S. I hope you realize that you've won spectacularly in...

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Remembering Famous People Who Changed Our Lives

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2013 | 8:53 AM

I remember LILY TOMLIN. She's one of the world's and the nation's best loved actrresses, She and I shared early adulthood (without knowing it)during energetic, creative days in Detroit. Seeking early employment in the theatre, she waited on tables in motor city restaurants to earn a living. I labored in...

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Getting to Know You (Thoughts About Death and Dying)

(6) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 10:41 AM

Many of you have written to me asking for my thoughts precisely about this. Of course, Death is the great universal in all our lives. We are all going to die. How will we do it? Some of us will simply go to sleep -- and stay there. Others may...

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Civil Rights -- Hard, Bitter, Astonishing, Serene, Uncompleted

(1) Comments | Posted August 20, 2013 | 5:12 PM

A new film "The Butler" has caught America's attention. It is a splendid piece of cinematic art I wish everybody could see. It opens previously closed doors powerfully and poignantly. Let me add that it made me think of a number of martyrs who made huge personal sacrifices for freedom....

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