Author: Jim Kerr

The Stark Simple Beauties of Winter

Our lives are frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify. – Henry David Thoreau A new year has begun and so, for me, the annual purging begins. As much as I love the holidays, they are exhausting. I eat too much, spend too much, rush around too much. It’s all too crazy, at least for my sensitive nature. I step into January feeling the need to shift into lower gear. And so I put away the decorations, take down the lights, and crawl into the dark, comforting cave of winter. Call me crazy, but I love winters in Pennsylvania –...

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Are Puppies the Path to Enlightenment?

Do any yoga masters own dogs? Is it possible to reach enlightenment when you have a puppy in the house? These questions have been going through my mind since I got my new German Shorthair Pointer puppy a few weeks ago. Her name is Cassie. She’s cute as a button, endearingly affectionate and loving and full of life and personality. And she’s a little trouble-maker. She snaps like a turtle and terrorizes the cat and runs in mad circles in the morning after she’s had her meal. If there’s trouble anywhere to be had in her vicinity, she will...

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When Ego Makes Mockery of Its Opponents

This morning I awoke to video footage of Donald Trump mocking White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest for saying that the Putin Administration tried to meddle with the U.S. Presidential Election, and that the Republican nominee approved of it. I didn’t hear any facts coming from Mr. Trump in his attack against Josh Earnest. It was all personal stuff, the kind of juvenile stuff we used to hear from grade-school bullies. The press secretary, Mr. Trump said, is a “foolish guy.” He’s bad at delivering messages. After a few weeks of relatively good behavior, it seems our president-elect is...

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Making Thanksgiving A Daily Practice

Today all across America, families will gather to celebrate Thanksgiving. I love this holiday – even more in some ways than Christmas. As much as I love Christmas and what it represents, the holiday itself has become so commercialized and packed with obligations that it has lost something of what it is supposed to stand for. Not so with Turkey Day. There are no such expectations with Thanksgiving. No wading through crowds looking for that perfect gift and worrying whether someone will be hurt because you didn’t get them what they were expecting. Just bring yourself and a food...

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Waking on the First Day of Trump’s America

This morning I awoke early, as I always do, but in a strange bed in a strange city (I’m up in New York for a business trip) and in a seemingly strange world. My smartphone gave me some shocking news: Donald Trump is going to be the next U.S. president. The bombastic New York mogul businessman who during the campaign refused to release his taxes, who made fun of handicapped people, who insulted women and Mexicans and anyone who challenged him, who praised Putin as a good leader – in a couple months Donald Trump will be our next...

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