Music to my ears

Jelaluddin Rumi: Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about. Ideas, language, even the phrase “each other” doesn’t make any sense. The Staple Singers: I know a place  Ain’t nobody cryin’  Ain’t […]

Jerusalem As Capitol

Let’s be very clear about one thing. Neither Benjamin Netanyahu nor Donald Trump cares that they are alone in the world. Netanyahu–and not one other world leader–supports Trump’s latest atrocity. Our President says the United States will now recognize Jerusalem as the Capitol of Israel. Doing so will not bring about peace. On the contrary, it will […]

Politics and Religion

One of the few “religious” people I follow closely is Franciscan Priest Richard Rohr. Here I quote him from July 12, 2017. Sometimes I don’t entirely and wholeheartedly accept his words. Today I am in lock step with everything he says. Notice his claim that religion has devolved into “hoping for some form of delayed […]

John Pilger, a prophet for our tortured time

I invite you to read just a couple of paragraphs of this speech. If you find it’s more than you can handle right now, I understand. Believe me I do. Even so I encourage you to read on. You will find it, strangely enough, a breath of refreshing and clean air. That’s because your subconscious mind […]

A Most Beautiful Ave

This is part of Franco Zeffirelli’s “Jesus of Nazareth.” The story line: 14 year old Mary travels to see her Aunt Elizabeth to tell her she is to be the mother of “the savior of the world.”  Wonder upon wonders, Elizabeth is 9 months pregnant with the child who will become John the Baptist. Oh […]

Ignorance is Bliss

You’ve heard people say it. You’ve probably even said it yourself. Here’s the thing though. Ignorance is anything but bliss. Ignorance is intelligence ignored.  You know what’s bliss? A very low IQ is bliss. If you have a very low capacity for new knowledge you will be unable to comprehend what’s going on around you. […]

Five Minutes For Change

If I were king of the world I’d arrange for everyone to spend 5 minutes in this man’s presence. His name is Mazin Qumsiyeh. Here is what he wrote today: http://popular-resistance.blogspot.com/2017/03/basil-of-al-walaja-rip.html

Revolution

 We desperately need a revolution in the United States.   We are kidding ourselves if we think this is all somehow going to turn out okay! Our present leaders are not likely to deal with our most pressing problems in any way other than making them worse. Just pick one or two. How about denying […]

In Times Like These

“When I kept silence, my  body wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer.” Today, as we face 100 degree plus temperatures here in the Pacific Northwest, these words from verses 3 and 4 […]

Revolution or Insurrection? Whatever you call it, change is happening

Conventional wisdom at the beginning of this presidential primary season said this: There’s absolutely no way Donald Trump can possibly prevail Bernie Sanders’ campaign will likely fizzle after the first week or two, certainly by Super Tuesday Now we see how the power elite was wrong…in both parties. The attached interview with Bill Curry explains how […]