Category: General Words

  • Where is today’s mass shooting?

    12 Victims Killed In Shooting At Country Music Bar In Thousand Oaks, California This headline popped up on my WBUR daily email the day after the 2018 midterms, in which several anti-NRA candidates were elected. Tomorrow the chances are we will greet news of a another shooter killing several people in one encounter. Will this […]

  • The Refugee

    The Refugee

    Originally posted on Michelle L. Torigian:
    I am the granddaughter of a refugee. Without the courage and resilience of my grandfather, I wouldn’t be here in this country.  I wouldn’t have privilege.  I may not have food or housing or the respect I deserve as a woman. Or I may not be alive.  I may…

  • Art and Life in Step: The Handmaid and the Refugee Parent

    Originally posted on Michelle L. Torigian:
    This post contains spoilers for The Handmaid’s Tale, season 2, episode 10. I can’t imagine a more apropos episode of The Handmaid’s Tale for today. Earlier today, I saw the following Instagram from Elizabeth Moss: I had a feeling I knew where this episode was going… After some very…

  • What do you know about the global economy?

    Up until a year so ago I didn’t know diddly about the economy. I was curious when my pathetic IRA bounced up and down and I have read several articles trying my best to understand cryptocurrency. (I still can’t quite get it but I do know the usage the blockchain, a more secure and anonymous […]

  • My father was a working man

    I am proud that my father was Grand Lodge Representative of the IAofM. He became a member of the union in the 1940’s when he worked as a machinist at Consolidated Vultee, building the PBY Catalina, one of the most widely used seaplanes of World War II.  After the war he was hired by the Union […]

  • How long will we let this happen?

  • The narrowing path

    “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door. The above words written by Emma Lazarus is an inscription on the Statue of Liberty standing with raised torch in […]

  • …miles to go before I sleep,…

      At the church where my spouse is the sabbatical minister, they are “on a journey”. In fact, as I write this a contingent of the congregation is walking from Judson Memorial to Calvary, its founding church, to join their morning worship. Meanwhile, their regular pastor and family are travelling for this three-month period, at the […]

  • Sometimes I Forget

    Sometimes I Forget Sometimes I Forget — Read on

  • Make America America Again

    –from The Week magazine The infamous MAGA hat continues to annoy me to no end not only because it is this President’s logo but mainly because of what it implies. I, for one, can’t imagine a more progressive and hopeful country than we were with Obama in office.  That MAGA has the gall to suggest […]