River Adams

Author's details

Date registered: May 6, 2012
URL: http://onmounthoreb.com

Biography

I am a Soviet Russian Jewish American woman. I am a Catholic Christian in discernment of religious life. I am music, theology, interreligious dialogue, science fiction, and fiery dance. I am a writer, a teacher, a logician, an arguer, and a contemplative. I am a daughter, a sister, an aunt, and a friend. Let's start with that; the rest is in my writing.

Latest posts

  1. On four years of Christian hope. — November 27, 2016
  2. On feeling the truth. — August 28, 2016
  3. On life as a dream. — July 20, 2016
  4. On what I think of the Wool Rule. — June 22, 2016
  5. On good and good enough. — May 28, 2016

Most commented posts

  1. On why we teach. — 8 comments
  2. On my wind-blown heart. — 8 comments
  3. On humility, again. — 7 comments
  4. On forgiving God. — 7 comments
  5. On staying in the Church. — 7 comments

Author's posts listings

Nov 27 2016

On four years of Christian hope.

After 18 months of the most divisive presidential campaign in recent history, it’s been 18 days since the most bizarre election—possibly, in all of American history—upended our reality and shattered our country’s social landscape. No matter whose supporters, it’s all anybody still talks about. Some are triumphant, others terrified, but everyone is stunned, and everyone’s …

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Aug 28 2016

On feeling the truth.

A couple of weeks ago I read an article that, should I have taken it literally and all the way, would have pushed me into a depression. The article was political in nature but addressed a larger concern of our mental and cultural state—certainly in this country, maybe in the world. The author attempted to …

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Jul 20 2016

On life as a dream.

Robert Snow was the captain of homicide at the Indianapolis police department. He was a sharp, intelligent, respected—and respectable—man, skeptical both by nature and by professional habit. He didn’t know this was all beginning to change for him when one day at a party, a colleague struck up a conversation about past lives. She had …

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Jun 22 2016

On what I think of the Wool Rule.

How to be good to people has been on my mind for a long time, but especially lately. I’ve engaged in a political debate about treating illegal immigrants and atheists with respect. I had to write for a scholarly journal a review of a book I found lacking in merit, and I was torn between …

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May 28 2016

On good and good enough.

I had to get a new car. I loved my old car. She was a Toyota Echo, and I’d had her since she was born in 2000. She was perfect, as though made for me—cheap and basic, reliable, little and economical, built for a short person, with a soft comfy seat and lots of storage …

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May 17 2016

On this American life.

It has been months since I posted any thoughts on this site—months since I’ve written anything. Much has happened in the past couple of years that kept me away, and I will tell you in a few minutes, but let me start with something else. Last Saturday, on NPR’s “This American Life,” David Rakoff described …

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Sep 28 2015

On chain mail and other things.

In the ancient times, in a kingdom definitely somewhere else, there lived a great and famous tailor smith, known for his skill to all in the land. One day, the local king called the tailor to him and said, “Tailor smith, I hear that you surpass all others in your craft. Will you make me …

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Sep 23 2015

On humility, again.

I return to this subject years after I wrote about it, briefly, as a “thought of the day” on June 11, 2012. (You can find the passage now on the “Older Thoughts of the Day” page.) I return to it because I had thought of it on and off for years, and never stopped after …

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Jul 20 2015

On what my faith is good for.

My parents are among the few best people I know. Inseparable—it’ll be five decades this year—they found each other and created a warm, safe, and joyful family for their children, and they taught us by their very example everything I value about life: how to love unconditionally and how to show love; that faith in …

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Jun 24 2015

On being adopted by God.

A couple of weeks ago my parish priest said another homily on the joy of being adopted children of God. It is a frequent sentiment in the church and a concept older than Christianity itself, and yet these days, whenever I hear it, I find that something about it doesn’t sit right with me. I …

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