The Spiritual Practice of Going Barefoot

by Melannie Svoboda SND on August 29, 2016

(As I wrote last week, I’m taking a little vacation from my blog. So this week I’m running an earlier reflection from August 26, 2013. I will resume writing my regular blog on Monday September 5.) Someone has said that going barefoot can be a spiritual practice. There’s a scriptural basis for this assertion. When […]

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The Ways We Say Goodbye

by Melannie Svoboda SND on August 22, 2016

(I am taking a little vacation from writing this blog. So today and next Monday I am running two of my earlier reflections. This one is from July 22, 2013. I will resume writing new reflections on Monday September 5.) When we part from another person, we ordinarily say “goodbye” in English. The etymology of […]

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The Human Condition and Fear and Faith

by Melannie Svoboda SND on August 15, 2016

I’ve been thinking a lot about the human condition lately. The headlines in the news have stimulated my thinking. The phrase human condition is in itself interesting. Being human is a condition—maybe like heart burn or asthma. It’s a condition (though marvelous at times) that comes with built-in limitations. We’re human. That means we make mistakes. (Isn’t that […]

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Conservatives and Liberals Need Each Other

by Melannie Svoboda SND on August 8, 2016

In his speech at the Dallas Memorial Service a few weeks ago, former president George W. Bush said this: “Too often we judge other groups by their worst examples while judging ourselves by our best intentions.” I thought his words were very insightful. While I was still pondering them, a friend gave me a short […]

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Are You a Perfectionist?

by Melannie Svoboda SND on August 1, 2016

Are you a perfectionist? It’s a good question to ask ourselves on occasion. What is a perfectionist? In psychology, perfectionists are individuals who possess an excessive drive for flawlessness. They set extremely high performance standards for themselves and are unreasonably critical of themselves when they don’t meet their standards. They also tend to measure their […]

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Gene Kelly: Actor, Singer, Dancer, Choreographer

by Melannie Svoboda SND on July 25, 2016

Recently I turned on the movie channel and chanced upon a showing of An American in Paris. After watching it for just a few minutes, I was hooked. In fact I ended up watching the entire film. This 1951 musical features the music of George Gershwin and the dancing of Gene Kelly. Was there ever a more […]

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by Melannie Svoboda SND on July 18, 2016

Today won’t come back. When midnight strikes, today will be gone. Forever. Sometimes we don’t appreciate today. Today sometimes gets buried in all the things we need to get done. Or today is merely endured because there are some things we don’t like about today. Maybe it’s raining. Or maybe we’re at odds with a […]

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Attention! Attention Please!

by Melannie Svoboda SND on July 11, 2016

Did my title get your attention? I hope it did, because I’d like to say a few words about attention today. First your ability to pay attention is one of your greatest gifts. To be able to focus on another person, a story, or a specific task at hand is an important asset we sometimes […]

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Proverbs for Daily Living

by Melannie Svoboda SND on July 4, 2016

The Book of Proverbs is a collection of pithy sayings that encapsulate the wit and wisdom of the Hebrew people. There’s the classic one: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” Then there’s the humorous one: “Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman without good sense.” Today […]

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Spirituality and Sports

by Melannie Svoboda SND on June 27, 2016

The Cleveland Cavaliers (the city’s professional basketball team) won the world championship last week by defeating the Golden State Warriors on their home turf in game 7 of the finals. This victory is memorable for several reasons.

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