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To listen to today’s reflection as a podcast, click here The people of Holland have had a centuries-old love affair with tulips. For a brief stretch of time that passion bordered on insanity.  Tulips grow wild toward the eastern end of the Mediterranean. When bulbs were first imported to northern Europe in the 17th century, their lively colors quickly became a… Read more »

Who Switched the Price Tags?

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To listen to this reflection as a podcast, click here. Almost a century after George Washington became the first president of the United States, a monument in his memory rose in the nation’s capital. Now, more than a century later, the Washington Monument (at almost 555 feet) remains the tallest free-standing stone structure in the world. The Monument’s designers wanted to honor Washington in… Read more »

A Foundation for Values

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From time to time I share lunch with a friend who is quick to describe himself as a happy heathen. He’s one of the smartest people I know.  He’s also quick-witted, hard-working, and optimistic.  I cherish our conversations.  As a secular materialist, he professes no need of believing in God.  He seems to live with a calm acceptance that his… Read more »