Two Goddesses and the Art of Friendship

We aren’t born knowing how to be reliable friends and helpers. We don’t automatically know how to stand by each other, but we learn through experience and we learn from those who support us. When friends told me they would stay with my husband and me until his death, I could allow myself to surrender to the inevitable because there was someone there to catch me if I fell. Later, I could do the same for others. I could witness, hold, and get help.

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by Elaine Mansfield

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What Wants to Be Born?

“Everything you can imagine is real.” ~Pablo Picasso

Here in the Northern Hemisphere, Mother Nature is in labor once again. All winter long she’s been hibernating, gestating powerful new forms in her underground womb. Atoms and molecules have been moving around in the dark, separating and connecting, ebbing and flowing, and now she’s giving us front row seats, as she does each spring, from which to view Act IV of her Birth/Growth/Death/Rebirth passion play.

Signs of her new life are sprouting everywhere, even here in Central Florida where most of our vegetation stays green throughout winter. On this morning’s walk I photographed tightly folded buds that will be transformed into lemons this summer, brilliant red bottlebrush blossoms still laden with unopened buds, and fresh unfurling leaves of crape myrtle trees that spent the winter naked as skeletons.

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by Dr. Jean Raffa

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The Whale and the Horse

I dreamed I was a mighty whale
And you a majestic white horse,

Who lived on an arid plain so stale

You couldn’t find love’s source.

My habitat was a blue green cove

Where I often swam and dove,

And though our forms were sealed by fate

We found we could communicate.

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by Skip Conover in Honor of International Poetry Day

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Confronting the Powers

Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem wasn’t “triumphal.” It’s actually an anti-triumph. It was what we would call to today a demonstration, a political demonstration, a religious demonstration. Pay close attention to the text—it was carefully planned street theatre. It was all staged. Orchestrated. But for what end?

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by Kenneth E. Kovacs, Ph.D.

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Think of a Country Ruled by Death, Fear and Lies

Think of a country where the citizens have become the three monkeys that see no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil; where numerous teenagers, women and children die everyday, but the rest of the citizens don’t even notice or feel grief about this; where life is veiled with so much darkness that the abnormal is normal, where death is inured. A country where consciences are muted, where otherin’ is the norm, and screams can no longer be heard. It is so difficult to explain these dark days, the absurdities have become so ordinary… starting each day hearing about deaths, getting through each day with lies and trying to end each day adapting to new limitations and mentally dealing with this. Of course, our minds would fail to register.

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by Meltem Arikan

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Singing for Change!

There is a soundtrack to the rising movement for social change. As activists put their shoulders to the wheel of progress, their voices rise to describe the struggle and urge others to join. The voices are varied. The songs are many. The singers are as diverse as the causes they espouse. But all over the country, particularly in the San Francisco Bay Area, the rising populism is tracked by the rise of a joyous noise.

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by Michael Berkowitz

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Our Government Has Failed Us!

Donald Trump is a gift from God! Bernie Sanders too! We’ve been conditioned to believe that the battle of Election 2016 is a battle between left and right, Republican v. Democrat, and Progressive or Regressive policies. It is not! Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are on the same side, which is The People v. Broken Government.

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by Skip Conover

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What I Learned from Elie Wiesel about Donald Trump

As Elie Wiesel taught, the opposite of love is not hate. The opposite of love is indifference.

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by Rabbi Stephen Fuchs

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Why Finding Peace With Yourself Is A Sucker’s Bet

Dismiss the childish idea of peace and ask yourself not where is peace, but where is euphoria. And seek that, radically, as you elevate yourself and those around you.

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by Art Von sy

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On Race, Religion, and Human Complexity

Many of us—perhaps you too—have experienced the complexity of identity in more or less direct ways. When we use big clumpy identity categories like “Black” or “white” to make statements about social status and conditions, we elide a lot of distinctions that have concrete meaning in actual lives: class, gender, orientation, (dis)ability, location, and many other factors affect the way we experience privilege or prejudice, advantage or injury. People often bat around identity categories as if they had fixed meanings, and those very common ways of deploying them then have unintended consequences in the way we treat each other.

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by Arlene Moldboard

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