A Defiant and Triumphant Faith

The Jewish High Holidays are coming up–Rosh Hashanah starts next week–and so I was particularly moved by this story I read this morning in the New York Times:  A Shofar that Defied the Nazis  If you haven’t read it, please do–it is so powerful and such a tribute to the strength of human spirit and will.…… Continue reading A Defiant and Triumphant Faith

Rights and Responsibilities, and Gun Violence

So, last night before I went to bed, I was thinking about my blog, and I knew I wanted to write about the mass shooting in El Paso.  I have written before about gun violence and the pathological, illogical resistance too many people in this country have to sensible gun laws that would create a…… Continue reading Rights and Responsibilities, and Gun Violence

What Decade is this, Anyway?

One of my favorite shows these past few years has been “Call the Midwife.” It’s a BBC show that follows a lovely, interesting group of midwives and nuns in the East End of London.  I find the characters really compelling and engaging, and the storylines thoughtful and poignant.  In the course of the different seasons…… Continue reading What Decade is this, Anyway?

The Speeding Rate of Extinction. Why You Should Care.

Last week, I read another article in The New York Times about the threat humans pose to other animal species and the environment in general.  Read it here: The Speeding Rate of Extinction  Sadly, this news is not new, nor does it come as much of a surprise.  What is new–and this also just seems to get…… Continue reading The Speeding Rate of Extinction. Why You Should Care.

Women, Religion, Violence and Power

  The title of this blog post is the subtitle of Jimmy Carter’s latest book (well, unless he has cranked out another one in the last year or two–which wouldn’t surprise me!), A Call to Action.  It came out in 2014, and mine is autographed–I will always wait in line for Jimmy Carter! I finally got…… Continue reading Women, Religion, Violence and Power

Reflections on “Just Mercy”

The first year students at Gettysburg College are all reading Just Mercy:  A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson.  Stevenson is a lawyer who founded the Equal Justice Initiative, an organization that works to defend those most in need of an advocate, especially those wrongfully convicted–including those on death row. It is a powerful…… Continue reading Reflections on “Just Mercy”

The Catholic Church, The President & Abuses of Power

If you don’t live in Pennsylvania, you might have missed the story, but those of us who live here couldn’t escape it.  And, if you are a regular news reader/watcher, surely you saw something about it:  it has received national news coverage. Of course, I am talking about the huge scandal in the Catholic Church…… Continue reading The Catholic Church, The President & Abuses of Power

Recent Perversions

According to the first online dictionary that comes up with a Google Search [the extent of my research], the first definition of “perversion” is the following:  “the alteration of something from its original course, meaning, or state to a distortion or corruption of what was first intended.”  It is only the second definition that references…… Continue reading Recent Perversions