They’re Shooting at Our Regiment Now

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They’re shooting at our regiment now.” I read the quote above and put down the New York Times, the gallows humor too profound to ignore. The article by Mark Epstein was quoting a friend whose contemporaries were dying. Mine are, too. At an alarming rate. My Christmas card list this year showed a disturbing number

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Posted on July 11th 2014 in Death, Life, Politics

What Would Jesus Do About the Catholic Church?

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I was raised an Irish Catholic.  6 a.m. Mass most mornings, Novenas every Tuesday night, First Fridays every month and as many rosaries as could be squeezed in between.  To say nothing of choir practice for the Sunday Mass. I was taught by the long-suffering nuns and was usually their chosen debater to be sent

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Posted on February 8th 2013 in Faith, Life, Politics, Religion

Maybe This Says it Pretty Well

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People don’t look to the long-ago poetry of Edgar Guest for soaring metaphors or complex pentameter. He was often called the People’s Poet because of his commonsense-able thoughts about life, rendered in the form of simple verse that was full of homespun wisdom and spiritual decency. When I was writing  the What Would Jesus Do blog  I remembered this poem

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Posted on February 8th 2013 in Poetry, Politics, Religion

The Energy of Creativity

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Among the many reasons I’ve breathed a sigh of relief about the results of the Presidential Election is that I no longer feel the Arts are in immediate danger of being de-funded.  They only get a pittance compared to other budget items that could be cut, but somehow they landed in the political crosshairs. So

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Posted on November 24th 2012 in Life, Metaphysics, Politics

Saving the Soul of the World

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Chief Arvol Looking Horse, Lakota Sioux Visionary and Prophecy Keeper of the White Buffalo Pipe, has a powerful message for all of us, one that leaves no doubt about the role assigned to us in these chaotic and dangerous times.  The simple dynamic beauty of his words really touched me so I’d like to pass

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Posted on November 17th 2012 in Faith, Politics, Religion

The View After the Election

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The storms and blackouts of the past two weeks kept me from posting this blog before the election as I had intended.  I wrote it because the paradigm of the 99% vs. the 1% that we’d evolved into as a nation reminded me how good life had been when the percentages were more equitable.  And

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Posted on November 17th 2012 in Life, Politics

The 4th of July Meets Memorial Day

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I intended to write this for Memorial Day but got sidetracked by the hoopla around the joy of Dakota’s graduation, so I’m offering it instead as a tribute on the 4th of July. In these politically troubled times, it’s easy enough to forget that we can hate the carnage and waste of war, but still

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Posted on June 29th 2012 in Poetry, Politics, The Philosopher’s Teacup

What if We’re the Ones We’ve Been Waiting For…

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In my lifetime, Women refused to keep their place, Blacks refused to ride in the back of the bus, Men refused to be drafted into an unjust war.  Gays refused to be kept in the closet.  A Black man became President of the United States.  So I know we have it in us to change

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Posted on April 19th 2012 in Politics, The Philosopher’s Teacup
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