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Some Brief Thoughts on What Makes for “Good” Sex

There is no shortage of experts offering advice on how to have good sex.  Although I don’t think of myself as an expert on sex, I do have some experience with it and thought that I would add my voice to the conversation about it. I first want to explore a spiritual...

Love Takes Courage. So Be Brave, My Love!

I am surprised from time to time how many people I encounter who are not in a romantic relationship.  I am not talking just about marriage, but rather am referring to a romantic relationship of any sort.  (The Pew Research Center reports that some 31% of American...

Getting Even: The Refuge of a Small Mind

On Vindictiveness, Vengeance, and Other Acts of Retribution Vindictiveness is the quality of seeking to do harm to another in return for an injury or perceived injury they have done to you. (In this essay, the terms “vindictiveness,” “revenge,” “vengefulness,” and...

The Quakers: They’re About More Than Just Oatmeal

Recently, I started attending Quaker meetings in New York.  (The formal name given to Quakers is “The Religious Society of Friends,” and they refer to each other as “Friends.”)  I had long been interested in Quakerism; the value it places on authenticity,...

Love as Liberation

The subject of love has been written on more than any other human emotion.  Books, poems, songs, plays, and films accord paeans to its sublime nature, its transformative qualities, its power to both lift us up and to cause us pain when it is lost.  And it is complex,...

On Forgiveness

We all know what “forgiveness” is, right?  It’s what you do when you accept an apology from someone for some wrong they have done to you.  While that may be the most common form of forgiveness, the question of when and how to forgive can be a bit more complicated....