October 18 , 2020 /

THE GREAT AMERICAN EXPERIMENT ON TRIAL

We just watched the film, “The Trial of the Chicago 7” and I highly recommend you have a look if you haven’t seen it.  While there is some debate about the merit of the film, what came through for me is what James Berardinelli said in his review: “In his screenplay, Sorkin does a masterful

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October 12 , 2020 /

MAKING THE WORLD BETTER

I continue to observe our behaviors as human beings through learning and understanding how people develop over time, or in some cases, don’t.  I have looked at how we think, what motivates us, how we acquire our values and beliefs and why we do what we do. I worked in schools, universities and hospitals. I

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September 16 , 2020 /

THE WAY IN IS THE WAY OUT

Several years ago, a neighbor/potter made, among many things, a beautiful salt shaker with one hole in the bottom.  Besides being an exquisite design, the function fulfilled the saying “The way in is the way out.”  We gave a number of those salt shakers to friends and family and at some point had a contest

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September 4 , 2020 /

POWER OF A NAME

Around the age of 2-3, we start to know ourselves as someone with an identity where we look in the mirror and say, “That’s me!”  I am somebody with a name. Our name becomes part of who we are, what we are called by our parents, our brothers and sisters and then by everyone whom

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August 17 , 2020 /

UNDERSTANDING RACISM

There are many covert as well overt practices that contribute to racism today in the United States. There are some white people who seem not to be able, or willing, to acknowledge the bias of white privilege.  It may be easier for them to blame others rather than accept any responsibility for many of the

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August 8 , 2020 /

LOVE IS

Those of us limited to the English language have this word, love, which gets used for loving everything from ourselves to another person, to our families, to our dogs and cats and horses, to our cars and other material things, to the essence of nature itself.  And then there’s the religious dimension expressed in various

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