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  • Looking Backwards Through a Prism: A Young Girl's Question about Slavery

    I was asked to ‘talk’ about local Underground Railroad activities to a couple of classes at the United Friends School (the Quaker school in, of all places, Quakertown, PA). It was part of their ‘celebration’ of Black History Month. The local Quakers (and others), were very much involved in the UGRR and other abolitionist activities in the early and mid 1800’s. As the historian and Co-Clerk (sort of like a lay pastor) of Richland Friends Meeting in town, I’ve done a lot of research on local history. I’ve published a few articles in magazines and the newspaper about the topic, so the teachers figured I might be able to tell the kids something about it...2 continue reading...

  • This & That With Kovacs

    Killing, Raping and The Giant Cookie—Rant, Whine, Or?

    This early evening I was lounging on my oversized recliner eating a cookie the size of a huge ham hock when my smart phone beeped. It was alerting me to breaking news. I don’t let my phone beep for almost anything but I do have one local one-hour news station on for alerts . Alert-Alert-Alert: Four shot and killed, 10-year-old injured at Cleveland home! Sadly, I suppose, I didn’t even blink an eye. I continued eating my giant cookie feeling cozy and comfy with leaving the blustery cold world outside of my nearby picture window.  Same old same old for Cleveland, Ohio, Chicago, Illinois, Detroit, Michigan, Compton, California etc. etc....5 continue reading...

  • If There Is No Christmas

    Time flies even when I am not having fun all the time but given half the time is enough to compensate for the me-time lost in doing people a favor here and a favor there every so often tirelessly. I am thrilled, looking forward to that half time in a few days to come. With the year end school holidays started last Thursday, and the Christmas approaching, there's much expectation awaiting but I know I am going to have one week solely to myself. No children yelling, serving or disturbing all that dreadful pressing with them away on a vacation. ( Heaven knows if I will be naughty but it's okay, I am old enough to be naughty before my licence expires )...2 continue reading...

  • Do You Ever Feel Restricted or Limited?

    How easy is it, really, for you to manage your thoughts when negativity sneaks up on you and bites you on the bum? Maybe this will help. You’re going along just fine then wham! Something or someone throws you off kilter, and you feel restricted in some way. This feeling of restriction causes some level of fear to pop up—even anger is fear-based—and suddenly you feel as though you’re treading water, perhaps in a storm, especially emotion-wise. Not a good feeling. And if you usually do any inner work at all, you then tend to go into self-judgment: “I know better; so why don’t I do better?” That restricted feeling that surfaced as a result of the... continue reading...

  • Frivolous is in the Eye of the Beholder

    “House GOP File Lawsuit Against Obama” . The headline can’t help but grab the attention of the average reader while the first line of the story reads as follows: House Republicans on Friday filed a long-awaited lawsuit accusing President Barack Obama of overstepping his executive authority when implementing his signature health care law. Pasted from < http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/house-gop-file-lawsuit-against-obama-n253456 > Maybe I’m reading too much into this, but it appears to me this story is trying to tell readers that the Republican controlled U.S. House of Representatives filed a lawsuit against the President of... continue reading...

  • Democracy in America isn't Dead, it's Waking Up Again

    A lot of people are defending American voters and blaming the politicians for the terrible voter turnout in the 2014 US midterms, the lowest since 1942. I recently talked to somebody who said America has no leaders worth voting for. No leaders? It has probably the best leader in the world as President in terms of vision; down to earth understanding of the problems and ability and willingness to create intelligent, workable solutions; integrity and absence of ego in decision making; clarity of thought; wisdom and courage; humanity; generosity.  It’s an almost unprecedented package in a President.   Yet a huge number of voters have...1 continue reading...

  • I Slept THROUGH Thanksgiving

      At the first of August the stores in our area from the smallest to the largest box stores had put up Christmas holiday decorations for purchase.   At one place I looked at a piece of  “yard clutter” and it was more than I ever had for a monthly car payment. continue reading...

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