Category Archives: On fiction

The Present Moment

by cheri block Yoga has taught me to push my mind back to the present moment every time it strays. I find this effort rewarding but challenging. Staying in the present moment is experiential; that is, we guide ourselves into, … Continue reading

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If your life were a book

by cheri block We all have a life story. It has a plot and subplots, many settings, and a host of characters. Most of us like to focus on our life theme. We might remember ourselves in this way: My … Continue reading

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Kafkaesque

by cheri block I’m back at it this morning. “It,” you ask. “What is it?” It is my evolving definition of the term Kafkaesque. Oh sure, definitions of this adjective abound in all sizes and shapes. As Frederick Karl said … Continue reading

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Franz Kafka and Me

by Mrs. Sabraw Sometimes, when you are sure that your experience is unique, it helps to read the classics. My students used to moan and roll their youthful eyes, eyes full of whim and mischief, whenever they saw a stack … Continue reading

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Does Sir Thomas More live a real life?

  by cheri block From Ivan Ilych to Bob Miller to Sir Thomas More… I continue to assess their lives by comparing my criteria to their life experience. Here is my bit about playwright Robert Bolt’s characterization of Sir Thomas … Continue reading

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Does Jane Smiley’s Bob Miller live a real life?

by cheri block When Scotty McLennan assigned Jane Smiley’s novella Good Will as part of the curricula for his class The Meaning of Life: A Spiritual and Moral Inquiry Through Literature, I had never heard of the book. I began … Continue reading

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Does Ivan Ilych live a “real” life?

by cheri block Tolstoy’s The Death of Ivan Ilych is worth the read. In my paper, How to Live a Real Life, I evaluate Judge Ilych’s life (which is really a death)  and his death (which is really a life). … Continue reading

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Joe and Siddhartha

by cheri block Had his lungs and heart held out for just six more months, Joe would have been eighty years old today. His presence in my life was like a bonfire that burned for forty-five years with an endless … Continue reading

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The Meaning of Life: Can we find it in great literature?

by cheri block sabraw Last year, I visited the marvelous San Francisco Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park.  Along with a shockingly gorgeous white crocodile and a room full of butterflies, was a human skull time line, illustrating the … Continue reading

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On The Death of Ivan Ilych

by cheri block My class this semester is entitled The Meaning of Life: Moral and Spiritual Inquiry Through Literature. Part of the requirements is to submit a one page reflection after reading the short story, play, or novel assigned each … Continue reading

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