Boracay Island: From Polluted to Pristine

October 19, our second full day on the “White Beach” of Boracay in the Philippines, and such variations of blue! The turquoise sea, the smoky blue gray mountains, skies in silver, eggshell and azure. Yesterday evening on the beach a policeman climbed stairs to a shrine on the shore to the Blessed Virgin, and lit candles at her feet at…

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Suzette Visits Boracay, The Philippines, 10/18/2019

Our first full day in Boracay, and we will tour the island by boat. The “White Beach” in front of our hotel, The Discovery Shores, is the most beautiful, long stretch of powder fine white sand I’ve ever seen, sand that is is so firm your feet don’t sink into it at all. Off we go into a teeny tiny…

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Feed the hungry? There’s an app for that

(Photo of my friend Adriana in 2016) “Feed the hungry” is in every spiritual teaching. Think of food pantries, Meals on Wheels, soup kitchens and casseroles taken to nearby friends and families. Recently, I found a way to send food to those in need who live out of state. Spiritual kindness can be made practical through Grub Hub, Uber Eats,…

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Extreme Forgiveness: Exemplary or Insane?

(Photo by Tom Fox/Reuters) Extreme forgiveness brings harsh criticism in the face of rulings, verdicts and sentences that appear unfair. For loss of life, the right punishment or exact recompense is never reached.  Therefore, how is forgiveness even possible? Texas police officer Amber Guyger entered an apartment she mistook for her own, and shot and killed Botham Jean who lived…

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Mercedes: When the person praying looks scary

(Photo of All Hallows Roman Catholic Church, my childhood parish. From San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library. http://www.sfpl.org/sfphotos When all the shouting’s done, humble goodness shines forever.  Temporary power and posturing are empty calories that disappear. But quiet strength continues to nourish decades later.  I remember Mercedes, an old woman whose last name I never knew.  As a child…

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