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Camino de Santiago

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Road Trip: My American Camino (Part I)

Before setting off on my last minute road trip, the voices of fear gave me a lot of flak for not having planned it in advance, or “enough” in advance. Still, days into my trip, demons continued to berate me (“What the hell are you doing?!” they asked), anxiety held me in its death grip, and I was … Continue reading

Commitment: Choice or Coercion?

Life has, again, presented me with an opportunity to write about commitment. Towards the end of June an acquaintance invited me to an event in Denver whose venue was capping the number of guests.  It was unclear what the cap was and at what point it would be reached.  If I wanted to attend, I … Continue reading

Tendonitis as Spiritual Teacher

Until last autumn, when I overused one of my tendons on the Camino de Santiago, I had never sustained a mobility-impairing injury.  While people may say that I was lucky to be injury-free for that long, I often wondered if my fear of getting hurt prevented me from exploring exhilarating and risky pursuits.  Maybe I … Continue reading

El Camino with a King Size Bed

“Life is a journey, not a destination.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson I thought of this oft-quoted phrase when, on a Thursday at the end of May, the final Delta flight on my route from Denver to Montreal was cancelled.  That it was aborted after we had boarded the aircraft, taxied onto the runway and then, … Continue reading

A Pilgrim Goes “Royal”

Arab men fill the airy and glass-walled lobby of the Royal Rimonim Hotel.  They sit on upholstered chairs around low tables and play cards at this gleaming tower along the shore of Israel’s Dead Sea.  Some rotate rosaries through fidgety fingers. Women in diaphanous white head scarves and black outfits cluster around other tables, drinking … Continue reading

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