Reflections

We Are All Connected

We Are All Connected

I am walking along the banks of the Yamuna River in Brindavan, India. Every Bhagavad-Gita-quoting pundit-philosopher here is happy to talk to me about the interconnection of all human beings, the oneness of all humanity. This oneness is a core philosophy espoused by...
On Faith

On Faith

The producer at the radio station where I host a kid’s quiz show was unusually complimentary. “Your show is so interesting and fun … it deserves its popularity,” he gushed while I blushed. As I arranged my quiz paraphernalia in the small booth where we work, he...
Lemon Pickles for Lent

Lemon Pickles for Lent

The season of Lent, six weeks of fasting, prayer and charity straddles winter and spring. Thus, these weeks are filled with nature’s own transitions from darkness to light, from cold to warmth and from lifelessness to new life. Christians observe Lent to remember the...
Undesired Desires

Undesired Desires

If you get what your heart desires, it is good. If you don’t, it is better.” I posted a note about this philosophy on my blog and got a lot of comments. What a losing attitude, most said. I grew up with the belief that I could design my life, and I rebelled against...
Ministering the Monk

Ministering the Monk

Ordained Baptist minister J. Dana Trent got more than she bargained for when she tried to broaden the field on a dating website application by checking boxes for other religions along with Christian and “spiritual but not religious”—a Hindu husband she says has...
A Flood Of Memories

A Flood Of Memories

Ever wondered why in India, of all places, every residential neighborhood is referred to as a colony? One would imagine that after a few centuries of foreign colonization with enough scars to last another few, India would banish the term. But no, instead a lot of us...