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The Road To Hotel California — Part 1

The Road To Hotel California — Part 1

anger, autonomy, awareness, bigotry, Challenge, Change, citizenship, civics, Civil War, community, conflict, conservatism, constitution, courage, Criminal Procedure, critical judgment, culture, Discernment, election year, Enlightenment, Equality, Ethics, Executive Branch, Fascism, hate, history, Hope, injustice, justice, political rhetoric, Presidency, race, racism, Resistance, Secularity, Separation of Powers, sorrow, Speak out, Supreme Court, Trump, Uncategorized
I believe the greatest rock song ever written is The Eagles' "Hotel California". I have believed this for some time, and for a variety of reasons.  But I have come to believe it even more recently, because "Hotel California" is turning out to be the anthem of any nation -- at this time, the United States -- which allows itself to be seduced into tyranny by the meretricious charms of simplistic solutions to problems which, though genuine enough, may be used to further the demagoguery of people whose only loyalty is to their own power. Our fear and perplexity are their strength. The latest highway signpost pointing the way to our Nation's Hotel California is the 20-page memorandum arguing that the President is a law unto himself. We can hear the music and read the lyrics even now. ...
Mindful Monday: Lightening the load

Mindful Monday: Lightening the load

awareness, Buddhism, Grief, meditation, mindfulness, sorrow
"His mind was freshly inclined toward sorrow, toward the fact that the world was full of sorrow, that everyone labored under some burden of sorrow; that all were suffering; that whatever way one took in this world, one must try to remember that all were suffering (none content; all wronged, neglected, overlooked, misunderstood), and therefore one must do what one could to lighten the load of those with whom one came into contact; that his current state of sorrow was not uniquely his, not at all, but, rather, its like had been felt, would yet be felt, by scores of others, in all times, in every time, and must not be prolonged or exaggerated, because, in this state, he could be of no help to anyone and, given that his position in the world situated him to be either of great help or great har...
To Be a Blessing – Prayerful Tuesday

To Be a Blessing – Prayerful Tuesday

Blessings, Breath of God, death, forgiveness, Grace, Gratitude, Hebrew Scripture, Holy Mystery, Journaling, Letting go, life, meditation, memories, Mystery, prayer, sorrow, spiritual practice, Spirituality, The Divine
Be generous: invest in acts of charity. Don’t hoard your goods; spread them around. Be a blessing to others. This could be your last night. -- Ecclesiastes 11:1a-2, The Message A recent meditation had the following journal question “If you knew you were dying what would you write or say to your children or grandchildren?”  That question stopped me cold.  What would I say to grandson and granddaughter, Liam and Amelia?  How would I describe my love, and fears, for them?  How would I tell them of my life lived with my own loves, fears, and regrets? What would I say, what would you say? During this Easter season I have been writing about the ways we express our feelings of the resurrection, and the many ways we witness to others our faith in the resurrection.  Sharing ourselves...