Understanding the Times
Half a Century of Rights Overturned

Half a Century of Rights Overturned

Half a century ago, we were angry with each other and the government because of the Vietnam war, civil rights  — and Watergate.   Then the Supreme Court  decided abortion was a constitutional right.  (9 Things You Should Know About Roe v Wade) Fifty years ago,...

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Memory Lane: Watergate and January 6

Memory Lane: Watergate and January 6

Memory lane can be one scary slog. CNN walked me back down Watergate-memory lane; John Dean was the tour guide — to events that feel like yesterday, but happened a half-century ago!  I wonder how many people born after 1973 understand what happened. People have said,...

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Memorial Day 2022

Memorial Day 2022

Memorial Day 2022 reminds to think upon the rights I have because of the soldiers who  gave up some of their rights.  I sit in safety and comfort and peace today because of what others battled.  It is not a permanent perch — never was.  Yet, men and women died hoping...

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Headlines and Personal Examples

Headlines and Personal Examples

A Personal Headline Of all today’s headlines that upset me, here’s: The Queen missed the opening of Parliament . . . this is was a big headline for me!  The U.K.'s Parliament opens for the first time in six decades without the queen Throughout my life she has been a...

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Base Ingratitudes

Base Ingratitudes

A recent Lenten meditation “inspired”  my most recent painting. (Art & Theology: Lent, Day 20.) Then, a phrase, BASE INGRATITUDES,  from a favorite old book became its name. The figure in Caitlin Connolly’s  painting is carrying something — and in these past four...

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Appliances and What They Teach Me

Appliances and What They Teach Me

Appliances are a mixed blessing; they teach me over and over the limitations of my knowledge. But where would I be without them?(!) Whether it is the TV, my phone, or, this time, a refrigerator, I do not  understand what makes them work, no matter how detailed or...

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What Am I Wired For?

What Am I Wired For?

These are times that make me wonder what I am wired for. It certainly is NOT the twenty-four hour news cycle! We just aren’t wired for this much information, my friend observed.   A true truth: as the world enters its third week, more than a few of my wires feel...

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