Articles and Projects: Duane W.H. Arnold, PhD

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  1. Linn says:

    Duane,

    You wrote an excellent article! The mundane aspects of life-flat tires, changing diapers, changing the heater filter, doing homework, paying bills-goes on in spite of all of the drama around us. COVID seems to be becoming part of the daily fabric of our lives. My school doesn’t trace cases any more, but I’m watching the uptick in cases and back to double-masking. But, I still show up for work on time each day.

    i know the daily mundane of life doesn’t continue in many other parts of the world (Ukraine, for instance), but we are blessed to be able to carry on and deal with (or not) the craziness of our existence. I often turn off the news and bury my way into a stack of tests. Grading a task gives me some sense of accomplishment, even when the world around me continues to spin out of control.

    Where I am finding I can do the most good is to pray and treat others kindly, even when I don’t agree with their opinions and they find me grating. Maybe treating each other well will lead us at some point to be able to approach some of the issues you mentioned in a more unbiased and cool-headed manner. Maybe we will really be able to listen to each other.

  2. Duane Arnold says:

    Linn

    Many thanks… Yes, listening is what’s needed.

  3. pstrmike says:

    As you know, Benedictine spirituality emphasizes both the passive or contemplative life, and the active or material life. Both are needed and both need to be held in balance.

  4. Duane Arnold says:

    pstrmike

    Outside a monastic community, it’s sometimes difficult to get the balance right…😁

  5. pstrmike says:

    Duane, from what I’ve been told, it can be equally challenging even inside the walls of the monastery. 😎

    Thanks for the article.

  6. Duane Arnold says:

    pstrmike

    I’ve heard that as well… but there is at least a chance of “enforcement”…😁

  7. Michael says:

    I’ve had a very public “ministry” for a couple of decades now, but by choice and necessity I am transitioning to something more private and local.

    My mother is sliding into the darkness of dementia and I have limited energy to spend on attempting to engage a culture that is only interested in conflict and bias affirmation.

    The goal is to find the same satisfaction in being unseen as there was in being seen…

  8. Duane Arnold says:

    Michael,

    Many of us make that transition. Not an easy one…

  9. Em says:

    Michael, I am living with my youngest daughter and she thinks I should be tested for dementia….. Ouch! ! !
    Praying for you both now
    God keep

  10. Michael says:

    Em,

    We’re all slowing down…I don’t see any decline in you over the years…

  11. Duane Arnold says:

    All

    On this subject, a classic is ‘The Practice of the Presence of God’ by Brother Lawrence. If you have not read it, you should…

  12. filistine says:

    my wife knows that the list of projects is an endless line of endeavors that keep me from writing. She insists, like this weekend, we go somewhere I cannot get sidetracked and then leaves me alone with my computer to write. It’s not about procrastination or weighing relative value–it is about choices in the moment. I’m equally proud of one task completed as an essay rough drafted or a chapter edited.

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