God is only in
But we don't
live in the present because we live in our heads. [TJF Aug. 2012: We also may
not live in the present because of psychological baggage we carry around within
July 15, 1980
Our inability to be present hampers our communication with
helps bring us into the present.
enjoy something only in the present.
Awareness brings change. For the better.
You are under
compulsion when you cannot do something. [TJF Aug. 2012: e.g., when we cannot
experience awareness in the present.]
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Fantasy is a
powerful tool for changing people. [TJF Aug. 2012: Making a retreat following
the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius
Loyola requires each person on retreat to use fantasy to actively imagine
certain scenes, usually scenes based on biblical passages.]
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Thomas James Farrell is professor emeritus of writing studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). He started teaching at UMD in Fall 1987, and he retired from UMD at the end of May 2009. He was born in 1944. He holds three degrees from Saint Louis University (SLU): B.A. in English, 1966; M.A.(T) in English 1968; Ph.D.in higher education, 1974. On May 16, 1969, the editors of the SLU student newspaper named him Man of the Year, an honor customarily conferred on an administrator or a faculty member, not on a graduate student -- nor on a woman up to that time. He is the proud author of the book (more...
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