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You Can’t Go Home — You Are Always Going Home

Spiritual living is filled with paradoxes. The spiritual practice of tithing teaches me it is by giving I receive. Through quiet meditation I learn to hear. By loving my enemies I know what love really is. I know peace through accepting what is while taking action toward something else. The paradoxes of spiritual living are many. In high school I was captivated by the book title You Can’t Go Home Again, by Thomas Wolfe.  Although I tried reading the book, in my teens, several times without success, the book title haunted me.  It is not possible to return home.  This, too, I believe is a great paradox.  As I can never return home, I am simultaneously always going home, making home, or home. This past month I spent ten days at writing camp in Port Townsend, WA where my family had a vacation cabin while I was in my twenties and thirties. I concluded my stay in Seattle, WA where I have lived most of my life. I  was...

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