Melody & Mental Illness: The Tragic Story of Badfinger

When I read Claire Maree’s October 10, 2006 article Melody & Mental Illness: The Outsider Musician & Artist, I was moved on so many levels. In the case of Badfinger’s Pete Ham, who’s suicide note words “I will not be allowed to love and trust everybody. This is better,” revealed a tortured soul, I could … Continue reading

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Westboro actions appear to bypass biblical process going straight to condemnation . . . Is Phelps another Jim Jones in the Making?

According to my New King James Version bible, there are definitive steps that must be followed relative to how a church disciplines a member of its congregation for falling off the path of righteousness. Putting aside for the moment the point or points of contention with a member’s conduct that would warrant church intervention in … Continue reading

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Capitalism can exist without democracy but, democracy cannot exist without capitalism . . . at least not in any relevant or meaningful form

The “Obama Doctrine” is the Bush Doctrine is the Clinton Doctrine is the Reagan Doctrine is the Carter—you get the point. Despite all the changes in rhetorical style over the years, there’s been an essential continuity in U. S. foreign policy, not only since 1945, but even since 1917, and arguably, since 1898: make the … Continue reading

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Sometimes it’s water and sometimes it’s ice . . .

You take water, for example. Sometimes it’s water, sometimes it’s ice. Sometimes it’s steam, vapor. It always the same old H2O. It only changes its properties. Your mother’s like that. She’s like water. The above line is from the 1994 picture Blue Sky in which Tommy Lee Jones’ character tries to explain to his children … Continue reading

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First prayer, then standing up to a bully and now . . . a kindergartner suspended for crying?! What is wrong with our schools!

While I can still recall my Kindergarten teacher locking a fellow student  in a dark closet for talking too much in class, one would have been reasonable to assume that we now live in an age of greater enlightenment where draconian practices such as this have given way to greater understanding and patience. As it … Continue reading

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The Jericho Factor . . . Inside The Locked Ward of Redemption

The euphoria of crossing the Jordan was quickly sobered by the facing of the next immediate challenge – JERICHO! It’s funny, but the rapid evolution of events since the day of truth shook the foundations of everything I had believed about my partner Jennifer, and our relationship spanning 10 years seems, at least upon reflection, … Continue reading

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