“Wherever you are, be the soul of that place.” —Rumi

Hello Friends— I don’t blog regularly. I do write regularly, but mostly for my other websites and outside publications. As millions of people will tell you, I’m not famous, so I get to write whatever the heck I feel like writing. I’ve published everything from cowboy poetry to academic  papers to self-help books and technical trade articles, (See Bear’s Brief Bio.) I try to link up what I write and/or publish in other areas  back to this personal home page.But I’m not real quick at it. Hope you enjoy some of the pieces/links found here. Please drop me a line, if you feel so inclined. After all, you are  the soul of this place– why I put it together. 

Yours in ordinary peaceable prosperity … Bear

I recently posted this on the New Buddhist and Methodist Church site. Thought I’d also post it here.  Would like to know what you think…

 

The Quakers sent me a neat poster this week with the words, “Sanctuary Everywhere.” Made me think I wanted to hang it in my window.

Our local Unitarian Church recently offered sanctuary to a local woman – from Peru—whose application for residency had been—has been—held up by government inefficiency and narrow-mindedness, and a deportation order had been issued. I really admire the Unitarians. 98% of the congregation voted to open their Church to such use.

I wish that our whole city would become a sanctuary city, but the mood is not here yet, the understanding, the compassion is not here yet.  The independence. The bravery. read more

This whole “taking a knee” deal got me thinking…. So I wrote this for our Writers With No Borders Blog.  Would be interested in your feedback…. Bear

I was very surprised.

I actually got inspired about politics recently, just by reading Al Franken’s  new book.  His book inspired me such that I might even attend a city council  meeting.  (How inspired and crazy is that?)

But first,  I wrote a little piece  about his book for Writers With No Borders. You can find it here.

Or, what the heck,  I’ll make it easy and just copy and paste the Writer’s With No Borders piece right here. As always, I’d like to hear your response. read more

More Sandals on the Ground: A Buddhist Methodist Solution in Afghanistan

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“An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot.”—Thomas Paine   I admit that for me, to pray for our Minority President and his generals and their approach to Afghanistan– —to meditate such that I can think …

 

Nobody “Won” in Mosul

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Recently, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi flew into the tragically besieged city of Mosul and declared “victory” over ISIS.  Here’s a  photo of what Mosul looked like after this “victory.”  Does anybody ever “win” an earthquake?  How do you win …

 

Ten Stocks I Own

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Wishing to live in a more open society, it recently struck me that we all keep our personal money matters way too secret. I suspect it has something to do with the old Puritan belief that money is dirty, and …

 

EVERY Air Strike Is a War Crime

Hearing about the thousands of US air strikes that have not been reported— (even the airstrikes that have been reported are tragic and sad)– I wrote and posted this today on my Dads Against Martyr and Military Mindsets (DAMMM) site. …

 

The Power of Turning 70      

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    I wrote this essay  because I needed to read it. The real danger, or problem – – or, more fundamentally, the challenge – – of turning 70 is not primarily with our physical bodies—though of course there are challenges …

 

First Steps of the Resistance

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By the end of the first week of the Boy Bully’s administration, I recognized I needed to do something for my own mental and emotional health, just to understand what was happening, and be able to artfully respond. So I …

 

Lovely, Lucky Friday the 13th!

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This, from a few years back, when I was writing a weekly column for our local paper:   We’re lucky: We have another Friday the 13th this month. If you want to quit some old habit— like quit smoking, say, …