He experienced what he wrote

     He was an acclaimed author, World War II veteran, Nobel prize winner in Literature and historian who suffered exile and incarceration for his disagreements with the government of his country.  He lived from 1918 until 2008.  In 1974, Alexander...

How an ideal has fallen

     Once it was thought that it meant thinking of the best for another above and beyond our own desires.  Once it cared more for the regard others had for that person beyond what they thought of us.   Once it was protective of not only that person...

I like language

I find it frustrating at times that a familiarity with a large vocabulary and its usage is considered snobbery and a put down to others around.  Yet the smaller vocabulary is hindered in its descriptive abilities and precision of concepts as many...

A provoking quote (7)

"The aim of education is the knowledge not of facts but of values." William Ralph Inge The surest way to bore a student to tears is to recite ad infinitum dates, facts, and data.  The problem is that anything that smacks of values is immediately...

A few things from the cycle of history

Throughout history there has been a rise and fall of the prevailing powers in the region.  These have been studied and analyzed to understand what factors contributed to the collapse.   Rome:       1. Invasions by Barbarian tribes - some were...

Evening Prayer

On this evening May I look to your teaching not reading what I wish to see but your loving wisdom of how it should be In this deepening night Be our comfort and our song Seeing in the discipline the desire for our growth and trust...

Coming together

Are we not all human? Are we not all deserving of respect? Do we all not bleed red blood? So what if my eyes are brown and yours are blue? So what if my tan does not match yours? If we all were externally same, would not life be like...

Priorities?

What does it say about us?  What does it say about our ability to think critically?  When in a hard emotional situation has the problem been corrected by making decisions purely on feelings? Debts incurred in our name for good and feel-good reasons...

A provoking thought (5)

We all recognize that there exist in this world some very evil and vile ways of thinking and acting.  Some of these have some highly recognizable symbols.  Would it be better if those symbols were banned and prohibited so that one has no way of...

Sunday Soothing: Father

for his sons he is Fearless     for his daughters he is Adoring                  for his wife he is Teamleader for his family he is Head                    for his home he is Enduring         for his world he is Responsible      

A provoking thought (4)

What is it you have that has the greatest value?      I hold that it is not gold or material things for they with work can be regained if lost.  But it is the esteem you and others hold your name in, for rarely can that be regained if lost.  Also,...

The magic of hugs

Healing          Unlooked for   Given freely     Sweet warmth     "life isn't always pretty sometimes you have to hug the ugly out of it" ~ anonymous

Rocks!

From time immemorial and even today in some parts of the world today those who violated the mores of the society were subject to stoning to death.  Now most find this a barbaric punishment that does not allow the violator to correct their ways and...

Sunday Soothing: Dreaming

Warm nights Moonlight rising over the trees Companion Reminiscing Sharing self in friendship Closeness Making plans and laughing