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Ecclesiastes

Time Marches On

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 11.20.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

In preparation for one of our high school reunion many years after graduation, the chairperson of our reunion suggested that each of us write about the best time of our lives. I gave this careful thought and simply wrote: "The present is the best time of my life."

Here Today Gone Today

Francis Levy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Francis Levy

In l0 to the l00th power years watch out. Dennis Overbye quotes that piece of exponential data from a paper written by Joseph Lykten, of the Fermi Nat...

Vanity of Vanities: Does Ministry Really Matter?

Christian Piatt | Posted 10.02.2013 | Religion
Christian Piatt

I am not in the likeness of Christ today. Sometimes I wonder, for all of our studying, worshiping and evangelism, how many of us even ever catch a glimpse of what we're really supposed to be about. For today, my only prayer is taken straight from Ecclesiastes: Vanity of vanities; all is vanity.

A Time to Strike

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 10.02.2013 | Impact
Adam Kirk Edgerton

The working conditions for teachers in North Carolina have become untenable. On Facebook and Twitter, I am inundated with updates from my home state, pleas from fellow North Carolina Teaching Fellow alumni about their bottom-of-the-barrel pay and their worthless Master's degrees.

What a Few Deep Breaths Can Teach You

Rabbi Joseph Meszler | Posted 09.07.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Joseph Meszler

The ability to stop and breathe is one of the most important -- and neglected -- skills we have. We often don't take a moment and just breathe into a situation, and too often we panic and forget ourselves.

A Different Religious 'Diet' Book

Rachel Marie Stone | Posted 05.18.2013 | Religion
Rachel Marie Stone

We can find a soupçon of happiness -- even joy -- through sharing food with others, through being mindful of (but not crushed by) issues of sustainability and justice.

Punxsutawney Phil & Seasons of Life

Kristen Marble | Posted 04.10.2013 | Religion
Kristen Marble

What is it about season changes that we long for? Sure the new growth and fresh start of Spring excites us after a long winter. But so too do the crack of the baseball bat and hot summer nights, or the crispness of fall mornings.

Managing The Clock: What Sports Can Teach Us About Life

Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater | Posted 04.06.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

Ten seconds left in a basketball game is an eternity, even 5 seconds or less if you are only down by one. Two minutes left in a football game, if the score is close, is an eternity.

Seasons Of Gratitude

Rita Wilson | Posted 01.23.2012 | Fifty
Rita Wilson

As a kid I was thankful for my Barbie and her "house". As a teenager I was thankful for a career in acting that kept me busy. Now, as a Post50 woman, I am thankful for all the ups and downs along the way, all the seeds that have been sown that have led me to this new season of gratitude.

Gilad Shalit's Release: A Heavy-Hearted Celebration

Rabbi Avi Weiss | Posted 12.18.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Avi Weiss

Which is it? Is the release of Gilad a time of sadness or joy? Is it a time of upset or elation? Is it the time to mourn with the mind or celebrate with the heart?

We Don't Talk About How We Are Going To Die

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 10.15.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

Thinking about the prospect of only having several months to live, I wonder how many of us could do what Dudley is doing while he is dying -- living one day at a time?

Finding Joy On The Sea Of Galilee

Levi Ben-Shmuel | Posted 06.11.2011 | Religion
Levi Ben-Shmuel

The joy of the dancers and their friends ignited joy in me. It reminded me that it doesn't take much to connect to it. Joy has the power to lead us out of our minds and into our souls.

Cold-Blooded: Grandma Souljah, Felon-Friendly Cuts, and Other Austerity Horrors

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Something has gone seriously wrong when Democrats can convince themselves that their path back to popularity lies in cutting Social Security and leaving poor people to freeze in the dark.

Don't Burn The Day: A Jewish Perspective Of Death

Rabbi Adam Jacobs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Adam Jacobs

I had the unusual experience of being asked to officiate at two funerals. While never exactly enjoyable, I find that they are reflection opportunities bar none. Nothing is quite as sobering as witnessing that final brief journey from surface to deep six.

Jacob, Bank Fraud, and the Thieves of Wall Street

John R. Coats | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
John R. Coats

Jacob's wanting more is hardly an ambition that we in the 21st century could condemn with a straight face. Where it gets both morally murky and strikingly familiar is the path he chooses for acquiring more.

A Time for War, A Time for Peace Prizes

Rabbi Jennifer Krause | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rabbi Jennifer Krause

The Nobel Committee's puzzling decision to award President Obama with the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize inspired me to return to Ecclesiastes.