Wednesday, August 5


The Laughter of Voltaire

The Laughter of Voltaire

autonomy, Christianity, citizenship, conflict, conservatism, Consitution, critical judgment, Enlightenment, Ethics, faith, First Amendment, Fundamentalism, God, humor, Islam, Laughter, memories, Religion, secularism, separation of Church and State, Spirituality, terrorism, theocracy, Theology, violence
During the 15-plus years I worked for the US military as a civilian contractor, I traveled to all the NATO countries, visiting each of them at least 4 times over the years, most more often than that. Such a travel schedule would kill me now, at age 66. But I was a much younger man then, younger by almost 40 years, and so thrived on the hectic travel, the nature of the work, the brilliant and fascinating people I routinely met, and even the sense of being "in the know" about various defense and policy matters, many of which were -- at that time -- classified above top-secret. In the process, I fell in love, passionate love, with three great cities where I spent much of my time: London, Paris, and Brussels. (Brussels was, and is, NATO headquarters.) I have vivid memories of dallying over ...
What Shall We Do With The Gum Wall? Whatever We Chews!

What Shall We Do With The Gum Wall? Whatever We Chews!

Art, Challenge, Change, civics, Collage, culture, Ecology, humor, Imagination, Laughter, puns, Satire / parody, Spirituality
Would someone please be so kind as to fill in a recently discovered egregious lacuna in my general education by answering the following burning question? Why the HAY-YULL is Seattle’s gum wall a … well … why is the Seattle gum wall a thing? I emphasize "Seattle gum wall" because other cities have a different attitude and terminology for their own analogs of the gum wall, like … I dunno … “health hazard” … “quarantine zone” … “disease vector” … etc. Only in Seattle do we call the gum wall a “gum wall” and, going one step beyond, turn it into a tourist attraction instead of the environmental blight, or at least vandalism, that any rational assessment would deem it to be. But … hey! … never one to stand in the way of progress, I propose that – as long as the precedent, deranged as it is, ha...

Morning has Broken – Prayerful Tuesday

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Psalm 19:1 The heavens are telling the glory of God: and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. Dawn, July 5, 2013, 5:45 AM I was going through some of my video files this week a came across this one at dawn on July 5, 2013.  I had forgotten how peaceful it can be in the morning.  It has been a while since I’ve been up early to watch the dawn turn into sunrise and I realized how much I miss having that quite time for myself. So today I give you a gift of a few minutes of peace from a day long past.  May you find it as restful and enlightening as I did on that long ago morning. Peace and rest Ruth Jewell, ©August, 11, 2015