Musings

Opportunity in Adversity

Adversity. Much has been said and much can be said about it. Is it bane or blessing?  A few thoughts. Adversity is defined as  “a difficult situation or condition : misfortune or tragedy”.  Adversity comes to all, as part of our ongoing experience in a fallen and broken world.  Adversity

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Full Citizen

Posted in Blog, Musings by cliffraphael1954

I lost my passport. Suffice it to say the story is convoluted and straightforward at the same time. No details forthcoming. Reality. I have to replace it.  Here is where things get interesting.  The process is more detailed than simply renewing  an expired passport that is still in your possession.

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A long way from home

Posted in Blog, Musings by cliffraphael1954

When you have grown up in a little town, on a small island, in the southern Caribbean, camping on an island in the Canadian High Arctic is a long way from home! This was my experience in the summer of ’79.  Devon Island. Arctic Archipelago. Above 76 degrees North.  Land

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The gift of time

I remember memorizing the following quote at some point in my childhood –  “Four things come not back: the spoken word, the sped arrow, the past life and the neglected opportunity.”  The “past life” speaks of time that has been spent.  Time – the only thing that we really have

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Letting Go

A recent conversation set me to musing about letting go. Two events in my life stand out- times when letting go was necessary, but tough at the same time: giving up coaching soccer, the game I love, and having to walk away from my pursuit of a PhD. I  carried the

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Manzanilla dreaming

Posted in Blog, Musings by cliffraphael1954

It’s March 1st. Temperatures today are colder than they have been on most days in January!  The first day of spring, they tell me, is just three weeks away.   I find myself longing for warmer climes. The app on my phone tells me that temperatures on the island of

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