• beauty,  civil disobedience,  joy,  love,  nonviolence,  peace,  politics,  social justice

    In times like these

    The importance of maintaining physical, mental, and spiritual health Many people I know or am connected with on social media are unhappy, uncertain, and downright angry about the new Republican administration and the decisions being made. Cries of anguish go up over every tweet, every executive order, and each cabinet nominee. I hear some other cries, too: people commenting that their sleep patterns, eating habits, and overall health have been disrupted. They have found themselves in a downward spiral of not just anger, but hatred and contempt. There is a place for criticism, intentionally provocative posts, and biting political satire. Expressing discontent and holding government officials accountable is an important part of…

  • activism,  change,  politics,  wisdom

    United States of Luddites

    One Nation Gripped by Fear of Change The U.S. Election on November 8th resulted in an almost 50-50 split between Americans who voted (I don’t know which side the 90+ million eligible voters who didn’t vote would prefer since they didn’t care enough to participate in the election). The divide has some interesting demographics: country v. city educated v. uneducated men v. women whites v. everyone else old v. young In looking at the polling data, I finally decided the biggest divide was between those who long for the good old days (which never really existed) and those who long for a future filled with innovation. One side wants to cling to…

  • bohemian,  christianity,  faith,  politics,  progressive,  religion

    Intimate knowledge

    I have read this piece by Frank Schaeffer twice. It’s funny, and it’s a super promotion for his newest book. But more than that, I get what he is talking about. And I think he is right. There are just too many of us who don’t simply have a book knowledge or observational knowledge of how far-right, literalist, fundamentalist, evangelicals think. We have an insider’s intimate knowledge that comes from having been one of them. We know how they think because we used to think that way, too. The ranks of post-evangelicals is growing. The so-called Nones may be checking none as a religious affiliation, but they are checking something…

  • equality,  goals,  objectification,  personal development,  politics,  women

    Boobs or Brains? What defines you?

    Every now and then, the Parade magazine that comes in my Sunday newspaper actually runs an article of value and interest. This week, a David Gergen interview with retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor is worth reading. O’Connor is one of my idols – she inspires me to think more and do more. She is a woman worth emulating. Gergen asks her about her experience in 1952 when, as a top law graduate from Stanford, she was unable to find a job. Why? It wasn’t because the economy was bad or she was shy or incompetent. It was because she was a woman. Stop and think about that for…

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  • politics,  voting

    Go Vote!

    Election day is just a week away and I want to encourage everyone who is eligible to vote to go vote. Yeah, I hear you now saying, “What’s the point? My vote doesn’t count anyway.” And you’re absolutely right. Your vote does not count because it’s MIA. In the last presidential election approximately 60% of eligible voters voted. Where were the other 40%? That’s 40% of the citizens of the United States whose votes do not count. Unfortunately, the figure of 60% is considered a good turnout. In most elections, only about half of eligible voters vote. In local elections the numbers are even more dismal. Folks, we hear a…

  • 3rd-party politics,  faith,  politics

    Left and Right

    Obama is certainly left-leaning, and I believe he would love to take America in the direction of most of Europe. However, we are quite fortunate in that this is a Republic and he doesn’t get to do anything he wants. He has to contend with a Legislature, a Supreme Court, 50 state governments, and millions of individual citizens. Not to say Americans don’t need to be vigilant. They do. But the “Right” saying Obama and his advisors (the so-called czars) will single-handedly turn the U.S. into a socialist country is as bad as the “Left” when they said Bush and his advisors were usurping power, trampling on our freedoms and…

  • politics,  town hall meetings

    Tips for town halls

    This past Tuesday I went to a town hall meeting held by Oklahoma senator Tom Coburn. Several hundred people were present and Senator Coburn graciously took time to listen to and answer as many questions as possible. Unfortunately, some people abused the opportunity. Not nearly as many people who wanted to ask a question got the opportunity. Too many questioners spent too much time rambling on about their personal philosophies, explaining their personal problems, or summarizing the political scene as they saw it. In many cases these people didn’t even have an actual question. Folks, the first rule of town hall? ASK A QUESTION! And, preferably, ask it within the…

  • election 08,  politics

    It’s almost over…

    By this time tomorrow I’ll have done my civic duty and cast my vote in a myriad of elections and on several state ballot measures. Honestly, this election season can’t be over soon enough. I’m sick of listening to both sides ignore, distort and outright lie. I don’t care who your pick is for president. He lies, daily and knowingly. You can visit FactCheck.org and try to wade through all the garbage. Unfortunately, like so many elections in the last two decades, this one is just another toss-up between goober #1 and goober #2. At least one of the goobers picked a gooberette to be on the ticket so we…

  • 3rd-party politics,  politics,  voting

    Politically Speaking

    Oklahoma can be a great place to live in many ways. However, politically it’s a closed-minded state. The only recognized parties are the Republicans and Democrats. Other parties are active, but in essence they don’t exist. Oklahoma sets the bar so high to achieve status as a recognized party that they (I believe intentionally) dictate a stifling two-party state political machine. I’m registered as Independent, so I didn’t get to vote in yesterday’s primary elections. But I can’t say I really cared. It looks like I will need to take an anti-nausea pill beforehand and then hold my nose when I cast my ballot in November. Are the candidates being…