Monday, September 29, 2014
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
|People's Climate March, NYC (Photo from Twitter)|
There was a time when science, the television media, government, and the public all came together to address environmental issues and make a positive change in the way we do things – but that time rests in the past as a dim memory. That time needs to be resurrected. I am thinking of that time when I was growing up in the 1960s. Environmental pollution was becoming a problem. I can remember public service ads on television warning of the effects of pollution and educating the public on things that we could do to avoid dying in a polluted land. I recall seeing on the nightly news well-known news reporters speaking from the hills somewhere outside Los Angeles California where trees were dying on the mountainsides as a result of heavy automobile pollution. “Smog” was a new word that entered into our vocabulary to describe conditions in the city in which fog combined with air pollution to create health hazards for city dwellers.
Monday, September 22, 2014
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
~ Rainer Maria Rilke, Duino Elegies
Photo: A view of one site on Lake Martin (Lake Martin Realty photo)
Lake Martin is the result of the construction of Martin Dam on the Tallapoosa River. The locals once referred to it as "The Backwater" before it became prime real estate.
Monday, September 15, 2014
"Ezekiel Saw De Wheel," performed beautifully here by the Breath of Life Quartet, is a musically spirited recalling of a vision that was seen by Ezekiel when he was among those who had been uprooted and taken captive into a foreign land, living under the oppression of an expansive empire.
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Today our thoughts turn automatically toward the events on this day in 2001 when the World Trade Towers were brought down by a group of Islamic terrorists. Reams of material could be written about why we should not have launched a ground war in Iraq, and reams could be written about why we did. The tragedy is that thirteen years later, war continues to loom on the horizon while words of hate and threats of violence abound.
In the South, the Bible Belt where I hail from as does Phil Robertson, we have had a higher church attendance than other parts of the country, but we grew accustomed to a faith that was in line with the status quo and supported our lifestyle. Too often we Bible Belt Christians get upset when our ingrained presuppositions are challenged by a faith that does more than justify our own prejudices and support our limited views. If faith is authentic, it will challenge the status quo and it will question our acts of hatred and prejudice.
- We demonize the enemy in order to justify the killing of other human beings.
- By the process of war we begin to look a lot like our own portrayal of our enemy.
Especially during these difficult times, it is important for all people of goodwill and good faith to promote compassion over hatred, and to build peace rather than call for war. You can read more about the Charter for Compassion at http://charterforcompassion.org/the-charter
Photo: After 9/11, the American flag raised at Ground Zero, site of the World Trade Towers
Photo Credit:World Pittsburgh Files
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Monday, September 8, 2014
Saturday, September 6, 2014
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Monday, September 1, 2014
|Woody Guthrie with his guitar|
bearing the slogan,
"This machine kills fascists"
Woody Guthrie, known for his influence in American folk music, wrote over a thousand songs about "the common man." Many of those songs had to do with labor relations. "Ludlow Massacre" is a song commemorating an incident in 1914 during a coal miner's strike (See note below*).
*From Wikipedia: The Ludlow Massacre was an attack by the Colorado National Guard and Colorado Fuel & Iron Company camp guards on a tent colony of 1,200 striking coal miners and their families at Ludlow, Colorado, on April 20, 1914. Some two dozen people, including women and children, were killed. The chief owner of the mine, John D. Rockefeller, Jr., was widely criticized for the incident...