Today we celebrate the new beginnings that Easter brings and focus our thoughts on our planet and the challenges it presents. I offer the following from Rachel Carson. I summarize from the writings of Maria Popova: “Five days before the first installment of Silent Spring made its debut in The New Yorker, the terminally ill Carson…

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You have to imagine lives that are not yours. — Wendell Berry. We all know the old adage and song lyrics, “Walk a mile in another man’s shoes.” Every time I have imagined what it is like to be someone else, I have learned a great deal and have become more compassionate. Yes, I have had…

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That’s right. Life teaches us that certainty is a fiction. When I was young I had a certain future, and a certain good health. One helmet hurling at high speed onto my knee was my first lesson in certainty but not my last. Judas was certain that Jesus was the messiah, and he would over…

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Often we strike the high moral distance that separates “us” from “them.” — Gregory Boyle, Tattoos of the Heart. Suzy and I belong to a group of diverse individuals who meet once a month to break bread and discuss mostly local issues that hopefully will lead to action in one form or the other. We have had many…

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The hard thing about following Jesus during his time is the example he set. One set of potential followers couldn’t understand why he associated with lepers, went to dinner with sinners, and refused at times to follow the Sabbath or other laws of his religion. The other side wanted him to be a revolutionary in…

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