Life and death Category

Auguri, Papa!

How can one not love this new Pope? http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/20/world/europe/pope-bluntly-faults-churchs-focus-on-gays-and-abortion.html?emc=edit_na_20130919&_r=0 Pope Francis talks about maintaining the “freshness and fragrance of the Gospel”.  Wow, that sure is a nice turn of phrase. We don’t expect our Popes to say anything novel or provocative.  He reminds me of Bishop Fulton Sheen, who I watch from time to time […]

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Fear and loathing

Not of Las Vegas (Hunter S. Thompson), not of Christianity (Friedrich Nietzsche) but of life itself. I have been reading the book The Envoy about Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish aristocrat and humanitarian who made it his personal mission to save thousands of Hungarian Jews in the waning years of WWII. In one memorable scene, Wallenberg […]

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Aw, SNAP

I want to tell you about one of my aunts. Aunt Bea worked for almost 50 years as a psychiatric nurse and then a supervisor in her department.  She was forced to retire at 70 even though she was fit and motivated to keep doing the job she invested her career in. Other people wanted […]

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The easiest idea in the English language

No. There is nothing more powerful and the way it is dominating this country is really unfortunate.  Its handmaidens are pessimism and despair. In fact, I can just about divide the world into the ‘yes’ and the ‘no’ people, but I don’t want to do that, as division fosters alienation, which is the last thing […]

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Mourning dove

Are you confused about Syria? I know I am. Should we step in and show the world that we will not allow Assad to violate longstanding international norms against using chemical weapons, especially against children?  Or, stay out of a no-win civil war where one side is the ruthless Assad and the other may be […]

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