[dropcap]T[/dropcap]his past week I was shooting a time lapse in a particularly beautiful place when visitors from, of all places, Duluth, GA, (a suburb of Atlanta with which I am very familiar) walked up. I started talking with them. They had a high school boy, probably a senior, and were visiting the Bay Area, considering moving here for his future.… Continue reading
Setting the Stage
I was recently on a vacation that took me to Greece and Denmark.
While in Greece (boy, is that ironic) I posted on my Facebook wall that “the party of ‘No!’ has got to go…”, a sentiment I embrace more wholeheartedly now than ever. That status update generated an interesting conversation.
Then, I was off to… Continue reading
I stumbled upon this by accident. Normally, I’m not patient enough to watch a YouTube video that’s 18 minutes long. But Dr. Ray immediately caught my attention with his concept of the Canon within the Canon.
What he says in this short sermon resonates deeply with me. The message of the real Christ of the Canon is social justice. Faith… Continue reading
Not too long ago I posted on Facebook that Jesus was a socialist. (Dare the historical fact that the early church even experimented with communism be mentioned?!) My comment drew the ire of a well-meaning conservative. Some of the ideology with which she responded was a vivid reminder to me of why I fled from religious fundamentalism decades ago. As… Continue reading
George Lakoff* wrote a brilliant and insightful piece, What Conservatives Really Want**, probably the most important piece I’ve read this century, and I’m not kidding—essential reading! My dear conservative friends and relatives need to read this. People of faith, whether conservative, libertarian, or progressive, or liberal all need to read this. People who choose no faith at all need to… Continue reading
At the end of 2009, a study reported by the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine concluded that over half of all of the children that live in the United States will live in homes that receive food stamps at some point before they reach the age of 20. I wonder if now, just over a year later, the problem… Continue reading
The hyper, militant, radical, evil, ultra-conservative, Republican noise machine has reached a new level of shill: stop beating up poor little innocent BP. [Insert a string of vile profanities of your own choosing here.] Listen to these idiots.
At the very least, BP should go out of business. Frankly, I favor the US nationalizing all of their assets. Just please… Continue reading
On one of my flights today I noticed a heavyset man in the row in front of me reading some religious magazine. I caught the title of one of the articles and almost threw up. I forget exactly how it was worded, but it basically was about how much more religious persecution could the church endure these last days.
My… Continue reading
I have become increasingly concerned over the past 10 years over what I have perceived to be an increasing polarization of Americans — an increasing radicalization, a swell of extremism of polar opposites, an unwillingness to listen, an indefatigable commitment to never change, a rise in anger and frustration over feeling powerless to live with and around what one perceives… Continue reading
The extreme, religious right-wing conservatives have won yet another significant victory in their efforts to force their world view down the throats of unsuspecting Americans. I personally don’t care what they choose to believe. But I take HUGE issue with their feverish evangelical approach to forcing everyone else in the nation live by their narrow belief system. In fact, I… Continue reading