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“24” Finale Countdown: 16 Days to Go

Bauer vs Mayer

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.

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American War Christianity & Quaker Ecumenism

Wal-Mart

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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Wichita YAF Update: When “Equality” Isn’t; And A Real-Life Parable

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:

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“Spirit Rising”: A Review In Installments — Part 1

Spirit Rising book

“Spirit Rising”: A Review in Installments — Part 1

356 pages, $17. 50. Published by Quaker Press.

Part One

“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.”

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Wichita YAFs: Some New Light on Who’s “Welcomed” and Who’s 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.

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Annie Dillard: The Writer Closest to God?

Dillard--youngToday 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.

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