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May 31 , 2020 /

A FAILURE TO EDUCATE

What we are seeing and experiencing in our society today is testimony to the failure of our educational systems to transmit values of respect, personal responsibility, restraint, and a deep and genuine concern for the victims of abuse, racism, oppression and reinforced economic disparities. Elie Wiesel said it best, “We must take sides.  Neutrality helps

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May 23 , 2020 /

LIVING MEMORIALS

This post was inspired by Kumud Ajmani, friend and host moderator of #SpiritChat on Twitter.  His weekly post today for our Sunday AM gathering was “On Living Memorials” and that prompted me to think of some examples from my experience which I am glad to share here.  Here is a link to his post for

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May 4 , 2020 /

COUNTING ON YOU: 35 YEARS AGO AND TODAY

“Those of us within certain traditions and cultures have, for centuries, had a commitment to using our talents and energies to help make things better.  We do this by living and working together in communities. We must look at ourselves, our nation and the rest of the world, we must look at where we are,

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April 25 , 2020 /

DERAILED

(This is a compilation and revision of several earlier posts on the same topic, updated for the current crisis.) Most of us have been thrown off track.   It’s not always easy to resume, like pushing the button on speed control. There are many reasons why it’s going to be difficult to regroup our energy, purpose

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April 16 , 2020 /

“NORMAL IS A BUTTON ON THE WASHING MACHINE”

“I have often found myself in conflict with the status quo as well as with the private opinions of others. I often went against the grain, swam against the current, and resisted the tide of prevailing public opinion to not only survive but to actually thrive.”  page. x. Preface “Seven Decades: A Learning Memoir” (River

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April 5 , 2020 /

MAGNIFICENT SEVEN

Whether all in one sitting, or one for each day of the week, or one each week for 7 weeks, put them on and see what you can do with them.  And, what they might do for you as well as those around you. 1 –  GRACE    Think of an elegant blessing, one that you

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March 28 , 2020 /

SUCCESS EQUATION

“The success equation is the combination of common vision, common values, and common purpose.”  Preface, p. ix in “Seven Decades: A Learning Memoir”  (River House Press, 2013) https://www.amazon.com/Seven-Decades-Learning-Memoir-2013-09-30/dp/B01K3J28I4 During World War II, I saw that a fusion of vision, values and purpose provided a united front in order to defeat destructive forces in two different

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March 17 , 2020 /

PERSONAL SACRIFICE

At the beginning of this week, here was a question posed to a small group to consider: When are sacrifices, restrictions and limited personal freedoms a good thing? The general response was when those are for the greater good as well as one’s own well-being. In the midst of the current COVID-19 crisis everyone is

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March 15 , 2020 /

ON THE ROAD AGAIN

These lyrics, from Willie Nelson, could be our theme song: “On the road again Goin’ places that I’ve never been Seein’ things that I may never see again And I can’t wait to get on the road again Here we go, on the road again Like a band of Gypsies we go down the highway

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