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A finger pointing at the moon

A finger pointing at the moon

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There’s a story often told about Buddha instructing a student on the difference between truth and belief. Buddha explains to the student: “My teaching is not a dogma or a doctrine. My teaching is a method to experience reality and…

Together we create - image for article by Greg Alder

Buy the idea, be the idea

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“Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” You’ve no doubt heard the saying. There’s a lot of wisdom in it. Nobody wants to…

Dear Death - image for article by Greg Alder

Dear Death, your timing is lousy

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Dear Death, it’s time we talked. You’ve taken 3 people from me these past two months and I’m not happy. I know your response. I come for everyone, eventually. Enough! I’ve heard it a hundred times. Just keep quiet for…

Unopened flowers - image for article by Greg Alder

Unopened flowers

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Hussein Khaled Ahmad, teacher. Mo’ayyad al-A’raj, eye surgeon. Charlotte Bacon, sculptor. Daniel Barden, environmentalist. Mohammad Husam al-Breem, restaurateur. Omar Husam al-Breem, muralist. Hadi Hayel Abu Dahrouj, software developer. Abdullah Hayel Abu Dahrouj, app developer. Olivia Engel, veterinarian. Josephine Gay, actress….

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The end of time

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This just might be the end of time. And space. And cause and effect. Plus a host of rules and principles to boot. It’s a big call, I know. Read on and then decide if this is as big a…

So simple a child - image for article by Greg Alder

So simple a child

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“My five-year-old could do that.” An acquaintance is looking at a drawing on my wall. Two figures, one big and one small, are looking up towards a star. The figures are simple, nothing but a few black lines and dots….

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A table for twelve

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The doorbell rings. Right on time. I make my way to the door with excitement. I have been looking forward to this night for a long time. I have invited twelve guests. All strangers. Now, the first of them has…

The light in front - image for article by Greg Alder

The light in front

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What’s the one thing you’d most like to achieve in life? I don’t know how you have answered this question, but I’ll tell you something. It’s a question most of us never ask ourselves. Of those who do, most get…

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Is this how it ends?

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Imagine you’re a woman. (If you’re a woman, please disregard this preliminary step.) We’ll call you Rachel. (If Rachel’s your real name, then here’s something else you needn’t imagine.) Five years ago, you married your high school sweetheart. Last year…

Shutter open - image for article by Greg Alder

Shutter open

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I am a camera with its shutter open, quite passive, recording, not thinking. This is a line from Christopher Isherwood’s 1939 novel Goodbye To Berlin. The line inspired a play, then a musical. The brilliant Bob Fosse directed a film…