Should this be harder? – Thoughts from a Convinced Quaker

At the bottom of this post is a linkĀ to a heartfelt post by a convinced Quaker. A convinced Quaker is one who has come from outside the sect. In this person’s case it evidently was fromĀ Catholicism. This post struck me deeply as I saw myself in much of Laura’s writing. For those not going to the original post here are a couple of quotes that … Continue reading Should this be harder? – Thoughts from a Convinced Quaker

Are We All Praying to the Same God???

A question came up during a Bible class I attended some time ago about the differences between the different main religions of the world. Those include Christianity, Judaism, Muslim, Hindu,and Buddhism. Looking at Wikipedia there seems to be about a dozen other large ones but letā€™s concentrate on the five largest. The question was: ā€œAre we all praying to the same God?ā€ I mentioned that … Continue reading Are We All Praying to the Same God???

Going Backwardsā€¦. Againā€¦.

Since the Republicans seem hell-bent on rolling back Obama-care I wanted to talk a little about one of the effects of this action. I recently had to have a rather expensive blood test run for a potentially life threatening condition. My past employer who maintains my pension and insurance fund constantly tells me that he is under no ā€œlegalā€ obligation to continue providing me health … Continue reading Going Backwardsā€¦. Againā€¦.

As usual the Republicans are at it again. They are coming out in force to say how terrible Obama-care is but offering no solutions themselves. I guess they think they got the house back with this strategy so they will keep it up. They seem intense about giving insurance companies the right to deny coverage for “pre-existing conditions” and taking away possible healthcare from those … Continue reading

Being Estranged From Othersā€¦.

It is, I have learned, far easier to ask forgiveness of a god we canā€™t see than from a person we can see. Perhaps this is why many religions are vertical in nature, focused on pleasing and placating God. That orientation has usually entailed sacrifice, the notion of giving God somethingā€”our time, our attention, our praise, our skill, our moneyā€”and, in extreme instances, our children, … Continue reading Being Estranged From Othersā€¦.

At It Again…

  The Republicans are at it again. All the presidential hopefuls are coming out in force to say how terrible Obama-care is but offering no solutions themselves. I guess they think they got the house back with this strategy so they think they can win the presidency that way too. They seem intent on giving insurance companies back the right to deny coverage for ā€œpre-existing … Continue reading At It Again…

Deficit Fighters

I see where the Republicans in the House have only managed to eliminate half the ā€œearmarksā€ in the current budget. I guess some things are just too sacred. Most of the remaining ā€œporkā€ is associated with military projects. If the Republicans are serious about reducing the deficits, and I hope they are, they must come to understand: The U.S. represents 4% of the worldā€™s population … Continue reading Deficit Fighters

We Still Love our HHRā€¦.

As mentioned on a previous post we are getting ready to head off on a Spring Vacation through Maryland, Virginia, and probably a few other States.Ā  So that means loading up our HHR with all the ā€œnecessitiesā€. We bought the HHR for our Westerly trip in 2009 and have used it for several others since then. Pulling down the back seat makes more than enough … Continue reading We Still Love our HHRā€¦.

It seems the Republicans are all over the map considering this Libya thing. But one thing they all agree with is that President Obama is WRONG one way or another. Ā They are very good at showing wrong but not so much when it comes to what it takes to be right. Continue reading

Quran burned at Rev. Terry Jones’ tiny church – Faith & Reason

What a sad day when one religious organization burns a copy of another’s holy documents. This supposedly ChristianĀ ReverendĀ did a huge disservice to all of Christiandom. Where is the outrage among the mainline Christian denominations? Do we really want to start a round of totally “dissing” each others views of God? Ā Sad, sad, sad. Quran burned at Rev. Terry Jones’ tiny church – Faith & Reason. Continue reading Quran burned at Rev. Terry Jones’ tiny church – Faith & Reason

Supporting the Egyptian Anti-Government Demonstrators

I just finished an article (see the link below) about how Secretary of State Clinton praised the demonstrators in Egypt who are overthrowing the current autocratic leader Hosni Mubarak.Ā  She made the statement ā€œThe pyramids are magnificent but nowhere near as what you have already doneā€. Isnā€™t the person they are overthrowing the same one who we have sold an almost infinite number of advanced … Continue reading Supporting the Egyptian Anti-Government Demonstrators

Why Didnā€™t Jesus Write a Book??

A fellow blogger who happens to be a Quaker asked an interesting question recently. It was ā€œWhy didnā€™t Jesus write a book while he was on earth and settle this thing once and for all?ā€ I know Jesus, like most of the twelve apostles was probably illiterate but Iā€™m sure he could have written a book if he thought it was important. Ā Why didn’t he … Continue reading Why Didnā€™t Jesus Write a Book??

Pay and Benefit Cuts (not for us)….

I just read an article about the governor of Wisconsin. He is going all out to bust the teachers and workers unions and it looks like, through aĀ technicalityĀ he has done it. Ā It seems just too ironic to find that they did this by declaring that it had nothing to do with money when that was the reason he said he wanted to do it in … Continue reading Pay and Benefit Cuts (not for us)….