I am heartened by the actions of people who try to make a difference.
My friend is waging a battle to save Powell’s Bookstore.
A source of pride for locals, Powell’s is no ordinary bookstore. It is the grand dame of bookstores.
I am fascinated by Seneca who wrote about how to live centuries ago.
“Everyone hustles his life along, and is troubled by a longing for the future and weariness of the present. But the man who … organizes every day as though it were his last, neither longs for nor fears the next day… Continue reading “Everyone hustles his life along”
He knows what it is to know.
Lucretius, Roman Poet & Philospher, c 94BC – c 55BC
The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. F. Scott Fitzgerald, American Novelist
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”
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”
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.
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 )
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.
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
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.