My Kind of Pope

I am not a Roman Catholic, but from what I know of Pope Francis, I could easily become one. He bravely insists on following the path that I consider Christian, and those who don’t like it can do and say what they wish. In his Christmas message, for example, he scourged the “bureaucrats” who have […]
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Spare the Butterflies

  I cannot imagine a world without butterflies. They lift up my heart as they flit among the flowers in my garden and soar above the orange trees in the back yard. Those bright yellow ones are the flashiest but I find all of them delightful, even the modest brownish or grayish ones. And I […]
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Creatures Great and Small

  As Christmas approaches, we remind ourselves of our duty to love one another, and to preserve and nurture the world we live in. An essential element of that world is wildlife. As Pope Francis said recently, animals are God’s creatures, too. Yet, as a new – and harsh – political era dawns in America, […]
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Doing the Right Thing

It seems that President Obama finally woke up. His dream of “one America” – the fictional country he described in that famous speech of his – is just a memory as he strides into the final two years of his presidency, alone and unafraid. The mild mannered professor stepped into a phone booth and emerged as […]
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Bienvenidos, amigos cubanos!

  I recall hearing, when I was about six or seven years old, that my mother’s father, Mass Con, had lived in Cuba. I think he was managing a sugar cane plantation. The thing that struck me most about the story was that he had told my mother the children in Cuba went stark naked […]
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Is This Really America?

  When I read that 51 percent of Americans approve of the CIA torturing prisoners, I wonder what country I really live in. Of course, it could be the poll that skewed the results. The answers people give depend on the way the questions are asked, after all. But there’s the troubling possibility that the […]
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Wall Street’s Boy

  Back in the 1700s, America was unfortunate enough to have Benedict Arnold. Now, the country has Kevin Yoder. Benedict Arnold’s plot to surrender the fortress at West Point was thwarted. Kevin Yoder’s plot to give Wall Street the keys to America’s treasury was not. The way I see it, this poor excuse for an […]
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News I Didn’t See on TV

I didn’t see it on TV or read about it in the news, but it might be the most historic event that occurred in America recently. No, I don’t mean the march on Washington and the nationwide protests over police atrocities and racial profiling. I don’t mean the horrific revelations of CIA torture. I don’t even mean […]
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America’s Jeanne d’Arc

It’s easy to be cynical in today’s America. The stomach-turning revelations of CIA torture… The unpunished slaughter of unarmed black men by white cops… The vast and widening income gap between the rich and the rest of us… The Republican triumph in the midterm elections… The lackluster voter turnout… At such a time, idealism might […]
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