“Be Prepared! It’s the Boy Scouts’ marching song!” to quote the great Tom Lehrer. Of course, it has become much more than a marching song through the years. Spilling over from scout meetings into our collective consciousness, it has become one of society’s most frequently
I think the total solar eclipse last Monday was a well-timed reminder that we are all fellow voyagers on a fragile planet in a large solar system that is itself an infinitesimal part of a vast universe. Even just watching the total eclipse on television generated a sense of awe that
I was (lovingly) accosted at a recent street fair by a woman insistent that my only path to salvation was through attendance at a certain local church. When I proved to be gently resistant to her admonitions, she went for the Big Finish: “God loves you anyhow,” she said as she turned her attention to a more likely prospect. Good to know.
We’re told in Genesis that we have “dominion” over the planet and the forms of life that share it with us. A great deal of damage has been done through centuries of assuming that ‘dominion’ meant that we could do whatever we chose, without regard for consequences.
There are certain signs, certain thoughts or attitudes that we can recognize immediately as roadblocks on our spiritual path. At least, we can recognize them immediately if we choose to; sometimes we seem to prefer the roadblock message of fear and judgment. But it gets easier
What a tumultuous time we are experiencing! It’s hard to remember a time when we seemed so confused about choices between love and hate. We seem divided, not only by present controversies, but by attitudes toward flags and statues and other symbols of our past.
It’s all part of our shared human experience, so it’s only natural that we react to the drama
If social media has done nothing else, it has certainly blasted birthdays out of whatever closet they may have been stored in! My thanks to everyone who took the time to send best wishes for my 73rd. I wish I could acknowledge each one individually, but I’d be at it for days! So