Needing Eden

by Deana Chadwell5/4/17
All of us – liberal or conservative, Muslim or Christian, black or white – are homesick. Deep inside all of us lurks a longing for something, someplace so lost in the past that we can no longer name it. More » • (3172 views)

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Clearing the Cobwebs

by Deana Chadwell4/25/17
Lately, when I check the news, I feel like I’m fighting my way through a room full of cobwebs, like I’m boxing with phantoms; there are no clear, understandable positions on the left. They’re fighting, yes, but in that thrashing, flailing, windmill fashion that infuriated little boys are prone to. More » • (1981 views)

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Reading the Tenth Commandment

by Anniel4/21/17
All of us who are parents and grandparents like to collect and remember  the funny, wise or profound comments of the children in our families. Sometimes one child will be the pronouncer of all things we want to repeat. This week that honor goes to the 8-year-old son of our oldest daughter. His name is Milo. More » • (1217 views)

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The Opioid Epidemic

by Tim Jones4/17/17
And the Fear of Missing Out on all of the Fun. What Happens When Our Image-World Says Life Should be Pain-Free  •  Lately there’s been a great deal of media coverage of the opioid crisis that is going on in the country. More » • (1728 views)

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The Point of no Return

by Deana Chadwell4/4/17
The point of no return, the place of no more chances, the door that slams forever shut – these are concepts that make us cover our ears and holler, “La-la-la-la.” The western world in the 21st century works hard to mask final realities. More » • (1048 views)

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Friedrich Rueckert

Kunk Fu Zoby Kung Fu Zu4/3/17
It is often said, mainly by those who do not speak it, that German is a course and rough language. Whenever I hear such nonsense, I immediately think of Rainer Maria Rilke. His poetry is beauty itself. Of course, Schiller and Goethe come to mind with their powerful works. More » • (1218 views)

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Chaos and the Everlasting Arms

by Deana Chadwell3/23/17
Shakespeare’s play Othello showcases the most vile character in all of drama –a man often referred to as “honest Iago.” He is especially horrifying because he is charming, efficient, and intelligent, but mostly because he often breaks the fourth wall More » • (639 views)

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David Rockefeller, R.I.P.

Kunk Fu Zoby Kung Fu Zu3/20/17
It has been reported that David Rockefeller, the last surviving grandchild of John D. Rockefeller, died today at the age of 101. I never met Mr. Rockefeller, but did run into him in 1989. More » • (1083 views)

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Time Makes Cowards of Us All

by Anniel3/9/17
Because shape shifters abide in the sea of lies about us, and astonish us by evil, we, who can only see through a glass darkly, often grow weary of sin before the battle is joined. More » • (986 views)

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Repairing the Damage

by Tom Riehl3/6/17
How do we proceed under Trump, our surprising President?  •  The options are limited in a political context. One could go with the current flow and trust in the American people to orient our leadership properly. More » • (943 views)

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Obamacare in Limbo: Repeal or Let Die

by Jon N. Hall3/6/17
At Hot Air, we read that on Jan. 4 President-elect Trump tweeted: “Republicans must be careful … that the Dems own the failed ObamaCare disaster. On Jan. 11, Business Insider quoted Trump thus:” More » • (759 views)

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“Adagio for Strings” by Samuel Barber

Kunk Fu Zoby Kung Fu Zu3/2/17
The video below is a recording of Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings”, perhaps the most beautiful piece of music ever written. If it is true that one can have a religious experience through music, this is a composition which was composed for such a purpose. More » • (1045 views)

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