Halloween – Samhain Teach Us To Overcome Fear

At its core, Samhain is about the night when the old God dies and the crone Goddess mourns him deeply for the next six weeks. The popular image of her as the old Halloween hag stirring her cauldron comes from the Celtic belief that all dead souls return to her cauldron of life, death and rebirth to await reincarnation.Despite efforts by the Christian church to recast the sabbat, or seasonal festival, by turning it into a day of feasting and prayer for saints (All Hallow Eve, preceding all Saints Read more […]

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A Culture of Trust

One of my favorite authors, Warren Bennis, teamed with James O’Toole to write a powerful commentary on the subject of candor and trust. It can be found in the June 2009 issue of the Harvard Business Review (p. 54). It is primarily directed toward business and is fueled by increasingly vile breaches of ethics over the past few years, but it clearly resonates just as well for public leaders.As I read the article, I compared the cited research findings with those posted over the years in other Read more […]

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Book Review of CARDINAL MAHONY – Pub 2007 by Robert Blair Kaiser

This novel begins with the transformation of a fictionalized American cardinal after he realizes he has conducted himself more like the chief executive officer of a big business rather than as a pastor whose life reflects Christ’s teachings to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, care for the sick, etc. At the outset, many readers might feel they could predict the outcome before finishing the novel: the prelate would be treated like a pariah by his fellow bishops and quietly removed from Read more […]

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Cyclone Aila and Its Aftermath – A Discussion on Subjective Media Coverage

Sitting distanced from Bengal and going through the sui generis coverage of the Cyclone Aila after effects in the Bengali TV channels is a fascinating experience. The tragic incidence has emerged as the prime media story of the moment, promptly filling the void created by the just concluded Lok Sabha polls. The cyclone had hit the Bengal coast on Monday, 25th of May 2009 and has left a massive trail of destruction in different parts of the state. The scale of destruction and the suffering of Read more […]

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