Two weeks plus two days til the ignoble end of the torture show “24.” As it prepares to depart, let’s take a moment to recognize New Yorker writer Jane Mayer. No journalist has done more than she to expose both the criminal reality of US torture, and the impact of “24” on both the reality of those crimes and the selling of that criminality to the American public.
Continue reading “24” Finale Countdown: 16 Days to Go
So I’m walking through the Wal-Mart parking lot the other day –
(Yeah, I shop there. Whadda ya think — I live in one of your university-hugging, professional middle class greeny suburbs? This is army town, no time for that fluff. We had two Supercenters when I got here; now there’s five. Whole Foods & Costco are about ninety minutes away. I get there when I can; otherwise, cut me some slack here.)
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So I’m out and about Thursday, trying to be a Christian (Matthew 25:36 variety), by visiting a friend who’s got some issues.
And when I arrive at the door to his place, there’s this notice on the door. Seems they’ve got a dress code:
Continue reading Two Codes of Conduct To Guide the Way to Wichita
A woman Friend who, like me, is not age-eligible to attend the Wichita YAF Conference, has sent on the best rationale I have yet seen for the planners’ no-sex-even-for-married-couples policy for the event. She deemed the policy, “quite lovely.” So Let’s hear why, and then consider it:
Continue reading Wichita YAF Update: When “Equality” Isn’t; And A Real-Life Parable
“Spirit Rising”: A Review in Installments — Part 1
356 pages, $17. 50. Published by Quaker Press.
“If we have done our job,” write the ten Young Adult Friends (YAFs) who edited this new book of writings by their Quaker peers, “. . . some pieces may surprise, confuse, alarm or even offend you.”
Continue reading “Spirit Rising”: A Review In Installments — Part 1
Best news I learned today: The TV Torture Training show “24” will end on May 24. This is not really “news,” as the cancellation was announced in late March.
Continue reading Good News: “24”- FINALE COUNTDOWN– 20 DAYS TO GO.
May 4 — What A Day — Part Two
The Haymarket massacre (or Haymarket riot) took place on Tuesday May 4, 1886, at the Haymarket Square in Chicago. It became the September 11 of its time. It began as a rally in support of striking workers. An unknown person threw a bomb at police as they tried to disperse the rally.
Continue reading May 4 — What A Day — Part Two
May 1 is the seventh anniversary of the day that banner hung above the USS Abraham Lincoln. Remember?
What painful memories that image brings back!
Continue reading May 1 -“”Mission Accomplished” — NOT
Very interesting – the conversation about the “Expectations” and the framework for the Wichita YAF conference gets more interesting by the day. Two recent communications are especially intriguing and revealing.
First, yesterday a member of the Wichita Planning Committee contacted me, and asked if I really thought they and their rules were really unwelcoming.
Continue reading Wichita YAFs: Some New Light on Who’s “Welcomed” and Who’s Not
Today is Annie Dillard’s birthday. Should be a national holiday. She’s far and away the best
Here’s what’s said to be a photo of her as a young woman; look like a spiritual master? More like trouble. (The same thing?)
More about her at Wikipedia
I found her accidentally. Nature writing is not my thing. But I read “Pilgrim at Tinker Creek” in 1994, because it was assigned for a book group.
Continue reading Annie Dillard: The Writer Closest to God?