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Why are we honoring people’s weaknesses, not their strengths?

Times are tough for a lot of people.  COVID did not cause the cracks in our social edifice of care but has exposed and widened them to make them more cruelly visible. Never before has everyone had to battle the … Continue reading

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How to get back to normal when there is no normal to get back to

Imagine being a sociologist and wanting to conduct a mass experiment on the impact of isolation and loneliness on community health. Imagine that you wanted to shut down the whole system of normal human interaction- jobs, churches, synagogues, schools, colleges, … Continue reading

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On Turning 70

ON TURNING 10 Poet Lureate Billy Collins wrote one of my all time favorite poems called “On Turning Ten” that begins with The whole idea of it makes me feel like I’m coming down with something, and ends with It … Continue reading

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Remembering Dee Halley 1980-2013 March 31st

10 Apr 2013 11:42 AM from Tipperary LIVE The sudden death of a young South Tipperary woman who was becoming a leading figure in world human rights affairs has stunned her family and friends in Ireland and abroad. The sudden … Continue reading

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Gaza Plays Peace @ Ypres 2022 & Calling for Truce in Ukraine

Christmas Eve, that first year of the Great War of 1914, darkened cold and slow, and the sounds of human voices other than the cries of pain drifted across No Man’s Land. The German lilt of “Stille Nacht” was unmistakable … Continue reading

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I cannot weep for Ukraine alone

I cannot weep for Ukraine Alone, For all the bombs. all the drones, Unless I can also weep for the Yghurs, For what they’ve become, for what they were, Hounded into the Gulags of China A nation defending UN sovereignty … Continue reading

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Hate is the laziest way to interpret the world

When 9-11 happened, our leaders decided that the easiest explanation was that these attackers were Muslim fanatics, that they came from a heart of darkness and that they acted out of gratuitous hatred for everything that America and the West … Continue reading

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THE UNITED HATES OF AMERICA

How sad it is that HATE unites the world more than LOVE.  A lazy NATO, a deeply divided Congress and a fracturing EU have finally found their super glue. All we are saying is… “Give War a chance.”  War is … Continue reading

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Trauma becomes a pandemic

Marx once said that history repeats itself, first as tragedy and later as farce. If only? Modern consciousness seems to have decided that if history returns, it returns mostly as trauma, and this trauma treats the corrosive affects of history … Continue reading

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Giving Thanks for What exactly?

Let us all give thanks for this precious something that we all count ourselves to be, knowing that all of us started from nothing. Once upon a time, before we were born, there was no hint that we might ever … Continue reading

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