Revolutionary Change

If you’ve heard this you understand why I say: “I cannot recommend this podcast too highly.”   If you haven’t heard it, please find the time to listen.    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/rumble-with-michael-moore/id1490354763?i=1000477268870   PS: Emily Mann could have been a star of stage and screen. To our very great benefit she chose instead to write and direct. […]

Exquisite Anguish

Dear reader,   Some of you have had this experience … those very special times when a certain song reaches so deep inside you that you burst into tears. If the beneficent universe hasn’t yet blessed you in this way I encourage you to seek for it.   I woke to a whole pile of […]

Earth Day

A Movie for Earth Day Please use this link to view Michael Moore’s Planet of the Humans. This is an incredible movie – important to see. It will hone your vision of our human condition. I hope you will take a moment to watch this film  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zk11vI-7czE&t=68s  

Music Therapy For These Challenging Times

I don’t know where I’d be these days without music and my memories of music. For example I’m thinking about one piece right now. 40 years ago when I was with the Oregon Repertory Singers we sang Rachmaninoff’s “Bogoroditse Dyevo”. Back then the Rep Singers had 2 guys that could go down to a low […]

Two Trees In Palestine

I’ve previously shared on this blog Frederick Buechner’s always entertaining daily offering. Here’s another great example of how, in my opinion, religion should always be done, not taking itself too seriously, but always aware of its importance in the overall scheme of things. DEBORAH WAS ISRAEL’S ONLY WOMAN JUDGE. She looked like Golda Meir and […]

Bernie or Joe

I’ve been trying to write about this since Saturday morning. I’ve written and rewritten. I’ve completely thrown out everything I thought I wanted to say and started from scratch three times. I’ve gone from trying to be nuanced and caring to being very direct and downright disturbing in saying why I’m all-in for Bernie and […]

The (ahem) Deal of the Century

Let me be very clear. For Palestinians the so-called Deal of the Century is a complete non-starter. To begin with, at least five of the key demands it puts forth are ludicrous from Palestine’s standpoint. Netanyahu knows that. Jared Kushner knows that. Who knows what Donald John Trump knows? The point is, Israel’s leaders and […]

Iran

What does it mean when the most conservative and most liberal Veterans organizations agree on something? It means we need to sit up and take notice, that’s what! All Things Considered aired this yesterday: “Recent US Veterans Are Coming to Consensus On Iran and Iraq–Across Party Lines”  The lead-in to the piece was:  “Veterans groups […]

Time To Cash That Reality Check

This blog is mostly about human rights and justice. But like most of what goes on today … e.g. business, religion, along with human rights and justice … it usually comes down to politics. I’ve not been writing on this blog for a couple of months mostly because I needed a break. But you don’t […]

Feeling Good!

I woke up this morning thinking how good it must have felt when Abraham Lincoln was President. The Sergeant at Arms introduced his State of the Union address with: “Mr. Speaker, the President of the United States!” I know, I know, not everyone was happy. But I would have been. Today I am feeling pretty […]