Yearly Archives: 2014

posticon Travels in America, Part 3: Yellowstone by Hans Brockhuis

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Lamar Valley at SunriseLamar Valley at Sunrise, Yellowstone National Park
Copyright © 2009 by Greg Willis

Have you ever read the book by John Steinbeck about his travels with his dog Charley, in search of the true America? I did many years ago, and remembering this it somehow triggered me to one day travel to the U.S. with my wife. I was also in search of promising and overwhelming landscapes, of people, animals, and the way of living, as well as anything that would come our way.… Read more

posticon A Funny Ghost Story by John Cali and Spirit

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The artist alone sees spirits. But after he has told of their appearing to him, everybody sees them. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Copyright  © 2013 by John Cali

I’m getting ready to return home from this past Thanksgiving week. So this is a short post, perhaps the shortest we’ve ever done.

You may remember a post we did last year, Farewell To Caesar, about the death of Caesar, a cat in my family.

Since he died Caesar has come to me quite a few times.… Read more

posticon The Wisdom of Little Children by John Cali and Spirit

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Grown-ups never understand anything for themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them. ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900-1944), “The Little Prince,” 1943

kids-on-a-sofaKids On a Sofa by Anarres

In our last blog post, How To Tell If You Are a Wise Old Soul–16 Ways, one of Spirit’s “ways” was “You acknowledge you are your own highest and best authority.”

That is not a truth most of us were taught as little children.… Read more

posticon How To Tell If You Are a Wise Old Soul–16 Ways by John Cali and Spirit

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Wisdom doesn’t automatically come with old age. Nothing does–except wrinkles. It’s true, some wines improve with age. But only if the grapes were good in the first place. ~ Abigail Van Buren

Tissot_The_Wisdom_of_SolomonThe Wisdom of Solomon by James Tissot

Ever since I started on this spiritual path, many years ago, I’ve heard terms like “enlightenment,” “ascension,” “wise old soul,” and other similar ones. I’m sure you have too.

I cannot honestly say I ever fully understood what those words meant–they seem to mean different things to different people.… Read more

posticon If God Is All-Powerful Why Does S/he Allow Suffering, Like Ebola? by John Cali and Spirit

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Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it. ~ Helen Keller, 1880-1968

Helen_Keller1Helen Keller
Image by US Library of Congress

A couple days ago I read an interesting article about the Ebola crisis in Africa. The author was questioning how such suffering could exist if God is all-powerful.

Good question.

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The “bottom line” here is God is NOT all-powerful. Does that shock you? It’s true.

God does not will humans to suffer, either deliberately or by neglect.… Read more