Vision: It Really Isn’t About What You Believe by Vincente Hernandez

“I don’t care what you believe,” says Howard. “Belief is the red herring. You can believe in God until you’re blue in the face and it accomplishes nothing. It’s what you do that counts.” This is by far my favorite moment in the 11:15 service of Jubilee! on Sunday, October 26, 2014. Coming in late and sneaking […]

Vision: Thich and Tom by Howard

Thich and Tom “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” He read it over again. “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” It was a quote from Thich Nhat […]

Vision: Pan-orama by Howard

What makes someone or something “woo-woo?” OK, this may not be the question that keeps you up at night. But what would you say is the difference between “woo-woo” and “not-woo-woo?” If you define “woo-woo” as an idea, belief or believer with no rational base (like, say, most of the recent presidential debates), then is […]

VISION: First Kiss by Howard

It hadn’t been her first kiss.  Far from it.  Penelope Lyn had kissed and been kissed more times than she could count.  She had tried adding up the kissers one time, but decided to quit when she began to feel like a slut.  “Never mind,” she had told herself.  “Some things you just don’t need […]

SEEDS VIA NEGATIVA: Pacing the Cage

It’s as if the thing were written in the constitution of the age: Sooner or later you’ll wind up pacing the cage. – Bruce Cockburn, “Pacing the Cage”                 “Insanity,” said Albert Einstein or Gertrude Stein or maybe Albert’s cousin, Zweistein – who knows? – “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting […]

VISION: Mythchievous Myths by Howard

I love mythology.  Have always loved it.  Admittedly, more than most theology. Mythology throws pebbles at the window of imagination’s bedroom and with a whispered call, says, “Come out in the moonlight and play!”   Theology, on the other hand, often marches around the living room with heavy boots of conviction. Unlike theology, mythology doesn’t have […]

VISION: Shawls, Shamen & Shenanigans by Howard

“So what the hell is prayer?” “Huh?” I responded, my head cocked and face smeared with a befuddled pasta-stippled grin. My friend and I were just finishing a splendid spread of pineapple/bacon pizza with a side of anchovies and sufficient juice of fermented grain mush to balance it out. He said, “I asked what prayer […]