Thanks for your Service

On Veterans Day people thank me for going to war. On Election Day I thank Republicans and Democrats at voting sites. I credit Donald Trump for getting me to thank those who administer our elections. Trump lies about stolen elections and falsely accuses our neighbors...

Pilgrimage And War

Mary Magdalene crossed the Mediterranean to France as a refugee. She brought the Jesus story to Provence. Each year Catholics reenact her arrival on the beach at Sainte Maries de la Mer. Last month Lin and I spent two weeks visiting sites where she lived and taught....
Transformation

Transformation

I am inspired by chrysalis, the process of caterpillars becoming butterflies. We witness disintegration, creation and invention. Transformation requires hope, vision, action and patience. I think of chrysalis as the auto workers strike for a seat at the table in the...
Steal Second Base

Steal Second Base

Some adventure thrills us while too much risk terrifies. How do we balance our need for security with a hunger for adventure?  Our daughter gave me a gift with the words “You can’t steal second base while keeping one foot on first.”  The baseball analogy helps me...
The Sixties

The Sixties

I’m offended when comedians and rock stars say “If you remember the sixties, you really weren’t there” as if drugs defined the Vietnam generation. It’s personal for me and more. In 1960 I volunteered in JFK’s presidential campaign and spent the mid-sixties in a...

Good Government is No Substitution for Self-Government

    “Good Government is no substitution for Self-government“ M.K. Gandhi Reflecting on male control of women, racism and economic exploitation of developing countries I am reminded of something Gandhi wrote in 1920; twenty-seven years before Indian...