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 […]

Existential Angst

It’s all Neil deGrasse Tyson’s fault. First it was his “Cosmos: Spacetime Odyssey” on television. Then it was his irresistible book title: Astro-physics For People In A Hurry. Tyson says stars blow up and spread the hydrogen and oxygen necessary for life.  All my life I’ve been successfully avoiding any tendency I might have for […]

“Deja vu All Over Again”

  The following headline is typical of what’s been in the media the past few days … not just Fox News, all the media: “Militarized Iranian fast-boats prevented tug boats from salvaging damaged oil tanker, US officials say” Hmmmm. Where have I heard this kind of thing before? Oh! I know. “Gulf of Tonkin incident” […]

Your Taxes At Work

        Thank you Reuters TV for reporting on this most important development. Naming rights Trump now has an Israeli settlement named after him. “Trump Heights” is a planned neighborhood in the Golan Heights, honoring his decision to recognize the occupied land as part of Israel.   This is all you need to […]