Author Archives: Rev. Beckett Coppola

Pondering Questions

Pick the question that speaks to you most, and let it lead you where you need to go. Don’t think of these prompts as “homework” or a list that needs to be completed. Which question is calling to you? Which contains your work? Where is … read more.

Gratitude for Life’s Blessings

The book “On Gratitude: 51 Micro-Essays on Life’s Blessings” is an anthology of short pieces from “musicians, artists, actors and other public figures, from B. B. King to Ann Rice to Francis Ford Coppola.”


A blog post on the book writes:


“There is plenty of evidence that … read more.

Quotes from the Common Bowl

Word Roots:

Blessing has a long history of meanings and roots. The Old English blēdsian based on blōd ‘blood’ (originally to ‘mark or consecrate with blood’) was used to translate the Latin benedicere ‘to praise or worship.’ The meaning shifted in late Old English toward ‘pronounce … read more.

Take In the Good

Scientists believe that your brain has a built-in ‘negativity bias.’

In other words, as we evolved over millions of years, dodging sticks and chasing carrots, it was a lot more important to notice, react to, and … read more.

Pondering Questions

Pick a single question, or two questions, that resonate for you and let yourself be led to where you need to go. The goal is to figure out what being a part of a people of blessing means for … read more.

Quotes From the Common Bowl

You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, when you don’t know what was in the newspapers that morning, you don’t know who your friends are, you don’t know what you owe anybody, you don’t know what anybody owes you. … read more.

Pondering Questions

     As always, don’t treat these questions like “homework” or a list that needs to be covered in its entirety. Instead, simply pick the single question that speaks to you most and let it lead you where you need to go. The goal is … read more.

‘The Lotus Flower’ by Amy Pastore

“The Lotus Flower grows deep in the muddy waters, far away from the sun. In time the Lotus reaches the light and transforms into a beautiful flower. It is regarded in many different cultures as a symbol of purity, enlightenment, self-regeneration and rebirth. The lotus … read more.