Thank you, Amen.

IMG_1200 Some nights in the midst of this loneliness I swung among the scattered stars at the end of the thin thread of faith alone.  - Wendell Berry

There are times when I go into the closet and shut the door and put my head to the floor and pray.

There are times when I sit in my office chair, praying and staring out the window across the rooftops of homes that used to never be there, thinking of the time I chased the four-wheelers out of that field because pheasants were nesting.

There are times I pray from behind the wheel of that generic red car I drive, the one that looks like all the others in the parking lot.

There are times when the sirens sound that I pray for the soul that is injured or in the midst of a heart attack, a stroke.

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All God’s Creatures: Ferguson

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I listened to President Obama’s remarks in the wake of the Ferguson Grand Jury decision as I drove home from Richland, Washington last night. I prefer the radio as my news source because it takes the hype out of the kind of reporting TV shows cater to. Too many media outlets today mix opinion with facts and that is not reporting. A listener or reader has to be discerning to delineate fact from opinion in today’s media circus.

I’d watched the news earlier while sitting with a sweet friend on the 4th floor of the Medical Center. We’d tied the dog Lilly to a nearby table leg and held take-out salads on our laps as we ate and watched the reports about the forthcoming Grand Jury decision. Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani was on the air, talking about how the biggest threat to black men were black men, not white cops.

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Truth Stands Alone


I don’t want to believe that Bill Cosby did those things those women say he did.

But here’s a fact about truth: It can stand alone. Truth is not determined by who believes in it and who doesn’t.

We – the public – don’t know the truth about what really happened between Bill Cosby and the women alleging abuse.

Either Bill Cosby drugged those women and sexually assaulted them.

Or he did not.

There is no room for middle ground in a sexual assault case.

Thus far, we the public, have no evidence with which to make an intelligent judgement call.

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Finding our best selves

This short film is worth your half-hour.

It’s a story of creativity and imagination.

A story of hope and devotion.

A story that transports.

A story that reminds us that we find our best selves when we love others.

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Who My People Are



My people are a superstitious bunch.

We don’t walk behind rocking chairs.

We don’t iron on Sundays.

Lord, God forgive us quick if we break a mirror.

Who can afford seven years of bad luck?


My people know that if your nose is itching, company’s a’coming.

They know if there’s a ring around the full moon, somebody you love is going to die.

They know if your ears are burning, somebody’s talking about you.

They know there will be a winter snow for every fog in August.

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