A Hierarchy of Giving

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There is so much need and there are so many opportunities to be of service to others.

The world is a better place when people look out for each other.

We can give our time, our talents, our money.

The eight levels of giving, described below, present an interesting perspective on giving.   Continue reading “A Hierarchy of Giving”

Morning Thoughts

I read The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal regularly as well as other publications on a consistent basis.

I also listen to NPR and watch  televised new shows to include PBS and NBC.

I am not a news junkie.  Continue reading “Morning Thoughts”

Nose to the grindstone!

 

alarm clock
 

“Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going!  Sam Levenson *

 

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Busy Days

My life seems to be whizzing past.  I ricochet from the gym, work, walking the dog, home, church, errands…. Continue reading “Nose to the grindstone!”

The last of 2017

With apologies to Charles Dickens.

In many ways, 2017 was the best of times for me.

Then in the last eight months, it was the worst of times bringing terrible grief.

Now on the last day of 2017, I am looking forward with guarded optimism to 2018.

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~Photo from http://www.Pexels.com/Bich Tran

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Boy With Thorn

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~Statue frm The Pittock Mansion, Portland, Oregon.  Photo by Lori Greer ~ 

 

I was excited to see this statue during a visit to the lovely The Pittock Mansion in Portland.

I thought it might be Boy with Thorn. Continue reading “Boy With Thorn”

Prayer for Evening

I give God thanks for all that was good in the day that is ending.

I ask God’s mercy on my sins and omissions this day.

I seek God’s peace in my home and in all the world this night. Amen

(Prayer from   Saint Augustine’s Prayer Book )

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~Painting by Justus van Gent circa 1471 (Wikipedia)

One of my favorite saints.  He was human.  He was flawed.

He was a theologian, philosopher and bishop.

I have found his writings relevant to our world even though he lived centuries ago in an equally imperfect world.

Confessions of Saint Augustine
The City of God
On Christian Doctrine

Saint Augustine’s Influence

According to Wikipedia, Saint Augustine influenced

Bernard of Clairvaux, Thomas Aquinas, Saint Bonaventure, John Calvin, Martin Luther, René Descartes, Cornelius Jansen, Nicolas Malebranche, Søren Kierkegaard, John Henry Newman, J.R.R. Tolkien, Edmund Husserl, Martin Heidegger, Hannah Arendt, Carl Schmitt, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Antonio Negri, Jean-Paul Sartre, Benedict XVI

Augustine of Hippo

In times of sorrow, in times of fear, I seek comfort from the wisdom of great personages of our past.  The thread of humanity lives on in their words and deeds.

 

 

Democracy Dies in Darkness

“As long as a journalist tells the truth, in conscience and fairness, it is not his job to worry about consequences. The truth is never as dangerous as a lie in the long run. I truly believe the truth sets men free.” Ben Bradlee**,  The Washington Post

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