Cambodia: Angkor Wat at Dawn

In Cambodia, David and I stand among teeming crowds to watch the sun rise over Angkor Wat, a 12th century temple.  It’s 6:00 a.m. and already onlookers line the edges of a moat filled with blooming waterlillies.  I hear a woman say, “I thought if I came early, I’d have the place to myself” and I laugh. About 14,000 people…

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Vietnam: the healing effect of anti-war protest

I am in Vietnam where Americans are warmly welcomed.  Odd.  I’m 62 and I recall TV images of brutal jungle warfare. From 1964 to 1973 about 2 million tons of American bombs were dropped. As a teenager, I learned about napalm and Agent Orange.  Most of all, I remember the anti-war protests.  Apparently, so do the Vietnamese, and it has…

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Suzette enroute to Vietnam: 12 hour stopover in Hong Kong

[Photo: The Cathay Pacific Airlines Lounge at Hong Kong airport] Feb. 1-2, 2017:  I’ve just spent hours binging on movies and eating when I’m not even hungry.  Familiar home behavior except that I’m en route with David to Vietnam and Cambodia.  Are we desperate to escape a Boston winter or what? At the Logan Airport, we waited five hours to…

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A Dog’s Purpose: They Save Us

We choose our dogs, sometimes through rescue, but in the end, our dogs save us.  This concept is brought to life in the new movie, A Dog’s Purpose, based on The New York Times bestseller by W. Bruce Cameron.  A romp through reincarnation shows how Bailey, a Golden Retriever, starts off as a beloved pet. After death, Bailey returns to…

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The Value of Doubt: why unanswered questions, not unquestioned answers, build faith

Doubt.  It’s a key ingredient to faith.  If you don’t question, you don’t care.  A new book helped me to examine what I believe and why.  The Value of Doubt: why unanswered questions, not unquestioned answers, build faith, is written by Bill Tammeus, a veteran journalist and award-winning religion writer. (Skylight Paths Publishing, September 2016, $16.99) Athough written from a…

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