“An assurance of safety and a temper of peace, and, in relation to others, a preponderance of loving affections.” — William James’s The Varieties of Religious Experience, Lecture XX. Followers of The Hubbell Pew know that I sometimes run across a phrase that I find fascinating and produces a flow of thought. Such was my feeling when I…

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There is a new book out on Leonardo De Vinci by Walter Isaacson. It is not a book to be devoured but savored. I was taken by the comparison with another subject of Isaacson’s, Albert Einstein. Their commonality is in their life-long gifts of wonder and curiosity. They both saw the ordinary in a different…

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When he went outside, the scribes and the Pharisees began to be very hostile toward him and to cross-examine him about many things, lying in wait for him, to catch him in something he might say. — Luke 11:53-54. Sounds like the scribes and Pharisees in Jesus’s day were much like today’s Washington press corp. Abe…

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The story of Martha asking Jesus to scold her sister Mary for not helping during Christ’s visit is one of the most familiar in the Bible. Many of us identify with Martha. If you have a houseguest, one makes sure the house is clean and everyone is served. In my EFM class we took a…

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The history of the Apple Logo is fascinating. But you might ask what does it have to do with The Hubbell Pew, other than each day’s post is composed on an iMac. I read recently that our’s is the first generation where many workers work 24/7 courtesy of iPhones and other time-saving devices. The author…

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