Category Archives: Commentary

Olympic Determination

Robert Garrett was probably as surprised as anyone that his name would go down in the Olympic history book. He was captain of the Princeton running team and back in 1896 when the modern day Olympic games were born, Garrett was urged to participate. One of his professors, William Sloane, was one of the games’ organizers. When the king of Greece finally agreed to host the games, Professor Sloane asked Garrett to attend. At that time the entries were unlimited and not really “national” in…

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America

A tragedy the magnitude of 9/11, the continuing wars and subsequent deaths of our young in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the economic hardship of high prices can force a tolerant democracy into a society of contentious non-compromising ideologues. Uncompromising passionate certainties, wherever you find them, in politics, in business, in our neighborhoods and even in our families, are always dangerous. If we find ourselves heading that way, we might want to rethink our position for cemented thought always hardens into a shape that may not…

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Atomic Bomb – Hiroshima

Yesterday was the 63rd anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. The Japanese have a word “Mokusatsu.” It is comprised of two characters. Moku, meaning “to kill” and Satsu, meaning, “with silence”. Mokusatsu has two meanings depending on how it is used. It can mean to “refrain from comment” or it can mean “to ignore”. Toward the end of the war, the allies issued the Potsdam ultimatum to Japan which said, “surrender or be crushed.” Japan apparently was ready to capitulate,…

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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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