Remembering the Challenge

I lost a spiritual mentor, a mother figure and a friend last week. Margaret Stevens was the minister of the Santa Anita Church, an independent New Thought church in Arcadia, California, for 22 years during the 1960s, 70s and 80s. As one of the few prominent women ministers in New Thought during that time, she […]


Taking a Time Out

Beginning tomorrow, you won’t be seeing or hearing much from me for a while. I’m going to be taking a time out, and I want to let you know what that’s all about. It’s suddenly become very clear to me that I need to hit the pause button and take a hiatus from much of […]


Crossing an Imaginary Divide

One of my greatest joys in being a hospice volunteer is the opportunity to hear people’s stories. During my shift last week, I had a long, emotional conversation with a gentleman whose wife was near death. As is often the case in discussions like that, there was a mixture of tears and laughter on both […]


A Spiritual Perspective on Thanksgiving from Lessons from the Source

Each Thanksgiving, I try to remember to share the passage below from the section on Gratitude in Lessons from the Source. It came through on Thanksgiving Day, 1995, and I can still remember how fast I had to write to keep up with it. I love the way it describes the cornucopia as a reminder […]


The Reminders are Everywhere

(This was written yesterday, by hand, on a yellow legal pad.) I think I’m supposed to write a blog post today. For two days now, I’ve been experiencing one of those periods when it feels like the Universe is reminding me that I’m not in control. Maybe you’ve seen me mention that the audiobook version […]


Our Entrances and Exits

I think about life and death fairly frequently. My two young grandsons are bubbling over with the joy of living, and their energy is highly contagious. I feel blessed with each new day I’m given. One of the most important and rewarding parts of my life is my work as a hospice volunteer, which has […]


Letting Go of the Need to Make Things Happen

“You are not in control. You don’t need to understand. You don’t need to try to make things happen.” Those words, in one form or another, have been coming through to me regularly for more than a year in the messages I continue to receive and transcribe. It’s as if the Universe were hitting me […]


Some Unexpected Feedback about the “How are You” Experiment

In my last post, I suggested that we try an experiment in bringing some genuine caring to the quick little interactions we have with folks during the course of the day. My own experience was enjoyable and encouraging. I simply asked the “how are you” question with real sincerity, and most of the people I […]


Let’s Try an Experiment

Two weeks ago I shared some thoughts with you about how the interactions we have with others sometimes can create memories that stay with us – or with them – for a lifetime. Lately, I’ve found myself thinking a lot about the almost rote and pro-forma verbal interactions we have with other people during the […]


The Magic Encounter

Fifty-two years ago this coming Labor Day weekend, my Dad came home from work, rested for a while, and then left to get a haircut at Kandel’s Barber Shop in my little home town of Louisville, Ohio. He never came back. When our family doctor came to our door a while later to tell us, […]


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    About Jack Armstrong

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