Category Archives: human interest anecdotes


Buddhism teaches that the “pursuit of pleasure can only continue what is ultimately an unquenchable thirst. . . Desire and ignorance lie at the root of suffering. By desire, Buddhists refer to craving pleasure, material goods, and immortality, all of … Continue reading

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Imperfection and expectations

I have big expectations. I want life to meet my expectations and the more time, money, anticipation, and imagination I invest in something, the bigger return I feel I have a right to. (We are still talking about the pursuit … Continue reading

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The Relentless Pursuit of Perfection

Years ago my first husband gave me a Venus comb Murex shell. It was so beautiful, so perfect, I couldn’t even look at it. It wasn’t until the brass stand on which it stood tarnished that I was able to … Continue reading

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The reality of imperfection

Sooner or later we each learn that we have been born into an imperfect world, a world where not all our needs will be met and even some of our most basic needs may be thoroughly and permanently blown to … Continue reading

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Joy and perfection

From my journal: Malibu Beach Inn, Saturday, April 20, 1996 I am perfectly content for minutes at a time here. I sit in a shaded corner of our balcony and watch the sea break around rocks and darken the sand … Continue reading

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His care

I often thank God for taking such good care of us. Besides everything else, this terrarium we live in and everything in it which we take for granted, He gave us extras yesterday. I went downstairs to make lunch, which … Continue reading

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My letter from Mother Teresa

I recently came across a hand-typed letter Mother Teresa wrote me in 1994 and it occurs to me it ought to be shared. . I had just written the biography of abortion survivor Gianna Jessen, GIANNA: Aborted and Lived to … Continue reading

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