A basic element in religion is connection. The root of "religion" follows from "connection", which many in Western religion show as connection with God, but might also be seen as connection with the world, with nature, or with humanity. I was reminded of this when I read a friend's memoir, published in the new literary journal, Memoir (and).

Take a few minutes to read it. It speaks to a kind of spirituality that may not be religious, but expresses beautifully a sense of spirituality. It also is a lovely piece of writing, and though my friend is too modest to say so herself, it won the journals' grand prize from nearly 400 entries. Read it, and you'll find yourself reflecting on your connections and the many forms they take.

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