Relax, this is not political

  I’m going to ask you to suspend your natural reaction to this statement: “The Cure Is Worse Than The Disease”   OK, I get it. That’s way too much to ask.  How about this then: “Kids Are Better Off In School”   What are we saying about ourselves when every important issue of the […]

A Better Place

Last night I was needing and searching for a way to get back to “a better place.” Not that there was ever a time that didn’t present its own challenges but I think you’d agree there have been times in the past that seemed sublimely free of the challenges we face today.    This morning […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

“Mr. President”

What happens inside of you when you say “President Trump” Me? I have to suppress a gag reflex. President Trump.  President Trump.  President Trump. Nope. Sorry. Can’t do it. 

A Song Of Revolution

 If you miss Bob Marley you’ll be happy to hear he was alive and well in Pasadena, CA yesterday. I wish you had been there. But you know what? This video will bring you close. OK. You’re right, Andre Henry isn’t Bob Marley. But still … you tell me if this beautiful man doesn’t bring […]

Trump Re-Elected??!!

“Stop saying he’s crazy. He’s crazy like a fox.”   Michael Moore           So you think there’s no way Trump can be re-elected in 2020. That’s not thinking. That’s hoping.   Here’s what we need to wake up to. He can and will be elected to a second term if things don’t […]

The Right Thing

“Cowardice asks the question – is it safe? Expediency asks the question – is it politic? Vanity asks the question – is it popular? Conscience asks the question – is it right?” Mazin Qumsiyeh, my human rights mentor said this in 2008. I have never forgotten it.   Hello? Are you there? Good. Because you […]

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 […]