Category Archives: Commentary

Prayer and Laughter

Every so often a report comes out in some magazine or another about prayer and whether it works or not. There was one report I read awhile back that prayer didn’t do any good in an experiment on healing. There have been other studies that suggest just the opposite. One comes from Dr. Larry Dossey, the author of Healing Words. He defines prayer as a “benevolent concern for the well being of another”, not necessarily attached to any dogma. To some people a prayer is…

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It worked once, why not against Exxon/Mobile

Some thoughts on an action in history. The Ireland of the 1870’s was a troubled place. Poverty, anger, frustration were the crops tilled in the minds of oppressed peasants. A home rule movement began and gained momentum under the leadership of Irish nationalist Charles Parnell. At one point Parnell tried a tactic to prevent land price fixing and the cheating of peasants. If a landlord evicted a tenant, the landlord would be ostracized, ignored. No one would work for him, and shop keepers would refused…

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Over There Questions

I wonder if in that other place, the place where some believe we go after our life ends here, there is an awareness of what goes on in this earthly density? I wonder if those who have been wronged or falsely accused and died, or murdered, are angry at the wrong or at the ending of their life. Do the spirits of the former earthly living feel temporal emotions? If there is a there, is there anger there or, at least, righteous indignation? Is there…

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Choices and Consequences

We all can acknowledge that there are mental, genetic or even social disorders that may stimulate some people to commit criminal and violent acts. We all understand and condemn the disturbances of life that drug abuse can cause, but understanding aberrational acts of violence or despondent terrorism because one didn’t get what they want or got what they didn’t want is different and difficult. Recently there was a case in point. A man was fired from this job, got a gun, and killed his supervisor…

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