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

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 […]

Boycott Israeli Settlements

Is Israel is “our best friend in the Middle East?” No. They are not. Is our only option with ISIS to try to kill them? Nope. Do you think “the church” is largely irrelevant in today’s world?  It’s not. And further, if you think boycotting and divesting from and sanctioning the Apartheid regime in South […]


On several trips to Palestine and Israel I’ve always been impressed with how Christ-like the few Christians remaining there are. They love their neighbors. Unfortunately the same cannot always be said about Christians here in the United States. I’ll let you call to mind your own experience of this unfortunate fact. Most people would say […]


I was in East Jerusalem the day Arnold Schwarzenegger’s office announced he would be coming to Israel (West Jerusalem) “to speak at a museum ground-breaking.”   Four days later I walked 3 blocks from our hotel in Palestine (East Jerusalem) and stood on the spot where the museum will be built.  What the Western Press has […]


Consider this:  In Hebrew messenger and angel are the same word. Back in 2004 Howard Dean wasn’t being ‘un-presidential’ with his outburst so much as he was just being his passionate self!  He was doing exactly what he said he was doing.  He was showing his appreciation and support for the 3,500 young people who […]