Monthly Archives: May 2006

posticon It Runs in the Family by John Cali

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The other day my car needed some minor maintenance. So I went to see Joe, my trusty mechanic. He runs a small car repair shop in my little town, and has a well deserved reputation as a skilled and honest workman.

As Joe popped the hood of my car to look at the engine, he looked directly at me and said, “You know, John, I just had a heart attack a few days ago.” He’s relatively young and in reasonably good shape.… Read more

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posticon Conquer and Convert by John Cali

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The other day I read an interview with a well known public figure (who shall remain nameless). During the interview, he suggested a way to solve all the world’s problems and create peace on earth. First, the United States should use its military forces to conquer other countries. And second, those countries should then be converted to Christianity.

Obviously, this person is a “conservative right-winger.” But there are equally overzealous “liberal left wingers” among us.

Whether they be right, left — or middle — you know the type of people I’m talking about.… Read more

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posticon Frank’s Barber Shop Revisited by John Cali

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A couple days ago, I went to Frank’s Barber Shop for my regular haircut. A visit to Frank’s is always a fun adventure.

A few years ago, Spirit and I did a newsletter article called Down at Frank’s Barber Shop about the first time I ever visited Frank. Here’s part of what I said in that article:

When I walked in, Frank, busily cutting hair, paused and gave me a big smile and a friendly greeting. He was a trim, obviously fit .… Read more

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posticon Solitude: A Lost Art by John Cali

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Last week a friend sent me an article on solitude. So I asked Spirit if we could do a newsletter on the subject. The answer, as usual, was “Sure.”

In our modern world, we often define ourselves in terms of our relationships, with one exception.

The exception? Our relationship with ourselves.

It’s ironic, for that is the most important human relationship any of us will ever have. That relationship defines our relationship to God/Goddess/Great Spirit — whatever you call that divine energy of our source.… Read more

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posticon Flying Blind by John Cali

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When I was a student pilot many years ago, one of the greatest challenges I faced was trusting the airplane. Then, a bit later when I became a flight instructor myself, I saw many of my students facing the same challenge.

As a pilot, you obviously cannot always see where you’re going — when you’re flying through clouds, for example. When you have no visual references, you’re literally flying blind. And if you value your life and the lives of your passengers, you must trust the airplane and what its instruments are telling you.… Read more

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