July 2, 2020

Once, several decades ago, I heard a homily that was preached by an Episcopalian priest about the Trinity.  This particular priest was one of the most Godly, kind and just plain good religious leaders I have ever known. He was also unabashedly humble before the Lord and unconcerned about what people thought of him. I’ve come to the conclusion that those traits go together to form genuine holiness, kind of like hydrogen and oxygen go together to form the life-giving elixir… Read more

July 2, 2020

Look around you America.  Do you like where this country is heading?  Trump has been president for 3 years.  Look at what he’s done to our country.  If he gets 4 more years, will America survive?  If Donald Trump had kept the structures to fight pandemics that President Obama created in place we would have had the governmental systems to fight COVID-19. If he had reacted to this threat by working with our allies to contain it the way that… Read more

July 1, 2020

It was around 20 years ago. My mother got a call from a man who introduced himself as her cousin from Tennessee. He had spent considerable time tracking down our branch of the family and wanted to make her acquaintance. He and Mama had a nice visit. She introduced him to my Aunt Mary and they got caught up on the family doings for the past 130 years. That’s how long it had been since our branch of the family… Read more

June 29, 2020

The hand-picked, “conservative” court has ruled on the abortion law that was in front of it.  Let’s be clear about this.  They could have overturned Roe v Wade. We were told in no uncertain terms that each of the five Republican appointees was going to do just that. If I remember correctly, we were basically told that we would all go to hell if we didn’t do everything in our power to get them confirmed, no matter their other problems… Read more

June 13, 2020

This video shows, in his own words, who Lindsey Graham once was, back before he sold his soul to Trump. What happened? Republican office holders appear to fall into two camps. First, there are those who genuinely support Trump’s attacks, lies and mismanagement. They see what Trump is doing to this country and they agree with it. These people, like Republican Congressmen Mike Gaetz, and Devin Nunes, tend to be just about as crazy mean and dishonest as Trump himself…. Read more

June 13, 2020

Trump re-scheduled his campaign kick-off rally in Tulsa, Ok from June 19 (Juneteenth) to June 20. He said in his statement that he was doing this because June 19 is “evidently a big deal.”  I don’t know how this came down. But I do know that African American friends of mine who are leaders in their community were irate about this rally.  I also know that they had communicated this to Oklahoma’s Republican governor in strong terms. I know that… Read more

June 12, 2020

Commonweal recently published an article about the flap and gab circling Archbishop Wilton Gregory’s comments opposing President Trump’s use of the St Pope John Paul II shrine as a photo op.  It is important to remember that Trump’s visit to the shrine and Archbishop Gregory’s statement that preceded it, came during nation-wide demonstrations over the murder of a black man by police. The Archbishop spoke after Trump had made statements threatening violence against protesters, and said he was going to… Read more

June 11, 2020

So, Trump is going to jumpstart his campaign for re-election by blessing the good people of Tulsa with one of the hate-offs that he calls political rallies.  With his usual flair for slapping the face of decency with a dirty mop, he’s picked the site of the Tulsa Race Riot — or, to be more apt, the Tulsa Race Massacre — from a hundred years ago. The cherry on top is that he’s doing this on Juneteenth.  I wrote a… Read more

June 10, 2020

I want to talk for a moment about the fight for the right to life for the unborn child.  We are awaiting a Supreme Court decision that will show us whether or not the five “pro life” justices on the Supreme Court will actually do the thing that pro life people put them on the Court to do. Will they overturn Roe? Or, will they issue a decision that keeps Roe — and the right-wing vote-getting system — in place?… Read more

June 8, 2020

I closed down my blog and went away to pray. I often do that.  I used to go to a nearby church and sit with the Host. That was closed during the COVID-19 shutdown, so I found other places. One place I go to pray in the mornings is my parents’ grave. Another is a serene spot in my back yard. Sometimes, I play the piano and my prayer is music.  Last Friday, I went to Mama and Daddy’s grave…. Read more

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