Fear and Tribalism

Who among us doesn’t have the fear emotion? Fear of spiders, swimming in the ocean (sharks!), angry clowns, scary movies, speaking to a large group, dark basements, being alone, etc. I have a fear of June bugs, leeches and failure in critical situations. Who among us doesn’t equate ourselves with a tribe? Tribe of artists, philanthropists, religious leaders, doctors, lawyers, athletes, TV enthusiasts (couch potatoes), chocolatiers, sommeliers, etc. I am in the tribe of government employees, as well as theRead more

SoCS: Precious

Precious Is the congregation of people under a church’s steeple in a mosque praying in a temple Precious Are the poor and meek and technology geek daughters of the rich sons of middle class Precious Multi-colored range of hues those whose boundaries refuse to hate the hateful or exist with intolerance Precious Righteous sinners lottery winners the far-flung right and the liberal left Precious Moms, dads, sisters, brothers grandpa, grandma, plenty of others family and friends acquaintances, neighbors Precious WisdomRead more

The Right for All to Live

I was sitting on the patio Saturday morning, reading the book of James and tears welled in my eyes. Then I swore a little…or maybe a lot. Sorry God. I’m a tad bit angry these days. It’s about life and the right to live life. It seems that humans forget it’s not just about your unborn babies. It’s about all of your children. We’re supposed to love and protect everyone. Correct? Love our neighbors as ourselves. Right? Follow in theRead more

A Letter to Humanity

Dear Humanity, This is not what our Gods, our spiritual being, our conscience have taught us. We were not born this way. To hate. To espouse bigotry. To injure and maim. To kill and start wars. To pound our fists on the table. We have done this to ourselves and to others. We have not learned to truly love our sisters and brothers, our mothers and fathers, our friends and relatives. And those we see as different. We don’t acceptRead more

Catholic Rite of Passage

June 26, 1966 This was the day of my First Communion in the Catholic Church. I remember many of the faces, but very few names. I recognize twin sisters Jean and Joan, along with a Dawn and Mary Jo. The rest draw a blank, but this was 50 years ago and I didn’t stay in touch with this group after high school. Can you guess where I am in this photo? “Of all seven sacraments, the Holy Eucharist, or HolyRead more

Picture of Giving

I’m tired. I’ve spent most of today helping out at the church rummage sale. It’s the 2nd annual rummage sale. The volunteers bagged and boxed a plethora of items, helped serve lunch and folded/refolded/re-refolded a ton of clothes until they were blue in the face. I’ll head back to the church Saturday morning for day two of one person’s junk turning into another person’s treasure. I found a few treasures myself – a fern, two blouses, a sweater and aRead more

God at the Pool

I went for a swim this afternoon and I prayed to God. I prayed for my peep, Becky Jo. Damn you, cancer, damn you. I prayed as my face submerged in the water. God, wrap Becky Jo in your healing arms. Give her comfort and peace. Give her courage and determination. Help her fight the fight. I’ll swim as long as you listen. Are you listening God? A former pastor encouraged to “pray boldly”. So I yelled at Him veryRead more