At the end of this week that we celebrate the contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King, I recommend that you find 45 minutes this weekend to listen to this podcast*: http://chasingamericanhistory.com/robert-f-kennedys-speech-on-the-night-of-martin-luther-kings-assassination/ This podcast ultimately is about Robert Kennedy’s speech in Indianapolis announcing Dr. King’s death, not Martin Luther King per se. However, much of the … More A Final Martin Luther King Day Post: Listen to this podcast about MKL and RFK
Here is another inspiring quote from one of the masters, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This was something that he wrote when he was in prison from the non-violent civil disobedience of the Montgomery bus boycott and delivered in another “Love Thy Enemy” service in 1957. Let us move now from the practical how to … More Third Day of Love: WHY Love Your Enemies?
Given the amount of hostility and polarization right now, perhaps epitomized by the current impeachment trial, I thought we needed more than one day of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s insights about coming from love towards all. Here are a couple of quotes from a service he gave on November 17, 1957 at Dexter … More Another Day of Love
We must meet hate with love. We must meet physical force with soul force. … We must follow nonviolence and love. We must discover the power of love, the power, the redemptive power of love. And when we discover that we will be able to make of this old world a new world. We will … More A Day of Love
Today is the 243rd anniversary of this great American experiment we call democracy, but I was having a hard time getting into a celebratory mood this year. I was not happy with the state of our union. I have been disturbed by how our current President is disrupting the lives and the traditions of the … More My Lessons of July 4, 2019
Happy Mothers Day to all the moms, or those who play that role for others, even if they aren’t technically related. I finished the novel Cemetery Road, by Greg Iles, last night (and really enjoyed it––it felt a little like a really good murder mystery combined with Pat Conroy-esque dysfunctional, combative Southern families full of … More Love for the Mamas!
Of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge another great American hero whose transition we also celebrated last week: the fabulous Ms. Aretha Franklin. I don’t know anything that I could write that would be as concise and as eloquent as the statement Barack and Michelle Obama released upon her death: “Through her … More In Honor of the late Aretha Franklin
My son and I saw the 9/11 memorial when we visited New York City this summer, and it is quite a lovely and striking monument. Today can be a difficult day for people. It can be a time for grieving. But I hope it is a day of grieving with love instead of hate, … More A Poem for Susan
I started today as I usually do, with a two-mile meditative walk through our local peaceful and beautiful park-like cemetery. And as has been the case for the past several days, my mind and my heart were reflecting on the sad events at Charlottesville this weekend and the international fall-out of our personal, collective, and … More Lessons on Charlottesville from a Deceased Grandaddy
Happy St. Patricks Day! I like to celebrate every holiday, so I’ve got my plans for making bangers and mash for my family this evening. But I thought I would start the day’s celebrations with a lovely poem of blessing by a wonderful Irish poet and philosopher, John O’Donahue. He writes a lot about how … More An Irish Poem of Blessing