Crazy World

theeffect · Crazy World Dave Brisbin 12.31.23Another new year that’s promising to be as crazy as they get. After the past three years, that’s saying something, but a contentious election on top of escalating world events make it a contender. Anticipating this, we...

Moments Like These

theeffect · Moments Like These Dave Brisbin 11.26.23My good friend these past eight years, a committed member of our faith community, Bob Lang, died last week. I was at his house the night before with his wife and daughter and again the next day after he had passed....

Saved from Shame

theeffect · Saved From Shame Dave Brisbin 8.6.23Thirty-some years ago, I was at retreat with a group that booked the same weekend every year. I’d just go, get a room, and participate in whatever was going on. Or not. This weekend was a large group of older men, and...

Perfectly Imperfect

theeffect · Perfectly Imperfect Dave Brisbin 1.1.23First apartment Marian and I rented was near a nature reserve, and a colony of turkey vultures roosted in the tops of the eucalyptus all around us. Most people complained about the mess on the sidewalks, but I loved...

The Way of the Heart

theeffect · The Way Of The Heart Dave Brisbin 10.23.22From third century Christian tradition…young hermit tells an elder: I know the objective of life, what God asks of us, and the best way of serving him—I’m just not capable of doing all that I should. The elder is...

Tragic Gap

theeffect · Tragic Gap Dave Brisbin 10.16.22A wealthy man asks a Zen master to write a text that will inspire and remind him of his love and devotion for his family. The master returns with a beautiful calligraphy that reads: The father dies. The son dies. The...

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