Author Archives: Doug Bennett

About Doug Bennett

Doug Bennett is Emeritus President and Professor of Politics at Earlham College. He has a wife, Ellen, and two sons, Tommy (born 1984) and Robbie (born 2003).

Androscoggin River Valley from Glassface Mountain

from the Bangor Daily News

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Three Ways of Looking at the Christmas Story

Message given at Durham Friends Meeting, December 15, 2019 You’ve probably noticed it’s the Christmas season.  Holiday lights, decorated trees, cookies with icing and sprinkles, advertisements, glitter and glow.  The season when couples apparently give each other pick-up trucks.  There’s … Continue reading

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Building a Fire

Message at Durham Friends Meeting, November 17, 2019 As the days shorten and grow colder, I find myself eyeing the woodpile and the fireplace. I find myself thinking of fires to come.  I was a Boy Scout:  it was an … Continue reading

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Beyond Me

Message at Durham Friends Meeting, October 27, 2019 When I think about God, or about Spirit, or the Light I quickly realize I don’t know very much.  I know that many questions – important questions – are beyond me.  Beyond … Continue reading

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Holding in the Light

I want to talk more about the Light today.  We Quakers talk often of “the Light.”  It’s one of our ways of talking about Jesus or God or divinity.  There is a particular phrase that’s especially on my mind this … Continue reading

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Bake Cookies!

That’s what Maida Heatter yelled at her TV. A doctor was talking about the ways you could reduce stress. He started listing ways: Exercise. Diet. Yoga. Take a walk. “I yelled, ‘Bake cookies.’ ” “Baking cookies is a great escape,” … Continue reading

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Androscoggin River, May 2019

photo by Robbie Bennett

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