atrocity

genocide. torture. denial of basic human rights based on gender, religion, nationality, perspective, et cetera. Atrocities such as these are honestly not at the front of the mind of most Americans living comfortably in their 3 bedroom homes with their 2.5 children. and I'm not sure whether they should be or not, frankly. Because these... Continue Reading →

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prayer

The idea of the existence of a god fascinates me. A being that is so big, it spoke the big bang into happening. So infinite that it holds the "infinite" universe like I might hold a towel. So full of omniscience that man's science looks like a toddler discovering his toes. Perhaps even more astounding... Continue Reading →

Scribendo Cogito

I don't always learn by teaching. Sometimes, I learn by conjuring up some humility, reminding myself that I'm not an expert in - well - anything, and finding someone who IS, and then submitting to their instruction. On this point, for the past several years I have been studying mediation and more specifically, conciliation, methods.... Continue Reading →

flood

I don't like disasters, but I do enjoy seeing people work together. When the Arkansas River waters first began to rise a few weeks ago, I was watching the local and national news and it was full of "us versus them" stories. Republicans v. Democrats, Americans v. Russians, whites v. blacks, liberals v. conservatives -... Continue Reading →

restore

I am a Christian. But more and more I feel compelled to say "I'm not THAT KIND of Christian." I think I hear someone saying, "Now what could you possibly mean by that?" Well I'm so glad you asked. I simply mean that there are Christians who spend their public time and words and energy... Continue Reading →

partisan

Upon attending the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's performance of Schuman's Symphony No. 9 (Le fosse Ardeatine) in February, I learned something very interesting, at least to me. That thing, the concept that I learned, took me by surprise as I listened to the explanation of the eerie, minor-keyed symphony. It involves the etymology of the word... Continue Reading →

odyssey philia

The Cowboy Junkies were in Franklin, Tennessee Thursday night, which of course warranted a road trip for the Brothers Hogue. (Not to be confused with the Brothers Karamozov - no Russian ties here; except I am a fan of Notes from the Underground, but I digress.) After working an hour on last minute changes to... Continue Reading →

perspective

I do not subscribe to the platitude that "everyone wants to get along with others." I heard someone say this recently, but I don't think so. At least not by my definition of "getting along." Some want to get along as long as they have control. Some want to get along as long as they... Continue Reading →

Sinner the Pooh

I call for the resignation of Winnie the Pooh; Now that I've said it, Piglet too. I know they are a friendly, lovable pair, but in 1926, they kidnapped Roo. Some matters are unforgiveable and cancel out years of being Helpful. You may question the timing but any relation to current events is simply coincidental.... Continue Reading →

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