When Good People Are Silenced

One way to silence a person is to slam him or her in the gut, or kick them in the teeth, and then jump up and down on their fallen body.  People are particularly prone to do this to those who expose the truths of their reality, whether political, social, … Read more…

Can You Really Rely on Karma?

It took a few years for my younger self to grasp the concept of karma, where a person’s own actions determine their future, in this life or the next. (The original definition applied to reincarnation.) For most of my life I’ve been what most people would consider powerless, with no … Read more…

Keeping the Family Safe

Various blogging experts have expressed the view that we should only write positive material so that our readers will like us and come back to read our commentaries in the future. I’ll be the first to admit I’d rather read and write positive stories any day. And yet… In all … Read more…

On Timid Feet

We have been and still are celebrating a Holy Season — for Christians and Jews alike — with its attendant joy, blessings, and feelings of gratitude. Yet, as another New Year fast approaches and we begin to turn our thoughts to what it might bring, there is trepidation. True, the … Read more…

For Unto You is Born This Day

8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10 And the angel … Read more…

Reasons for Gratitude

We’re again headed into a Thanksgiving season I wasn’t sure we’d see, not after living through ten years of a spiraling descent into chaos around us. Most of us are sickened by the discord in this country that is caused by foreign interference, exacerbated by all so-called national leaders involved … Read more…

God is No Respecter of Persons

Deep pain results from hearing someone say, “It’s their own fault” when someone whose life doesn’t meet their definition of righteous is murdered. It’s a torment that doesn’t easily go away. Everything in this fallen world too often reeks of tragedy: From the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando, Florida in … Read more…

You Are Unique!

I’ve felt sad for a long time whenever I’ve seen people trying to live up to the expectations of others, whether the aspirations stem from family, peers, co-workers, or culture. It is forced upon them, and some cultures are more cruel to their children about excellence at all costs than … Read more…

It Isn’t Just Religion or Politics

Almost anyone past the age of 11 knows not to say anything even a tiny bit controversial about your religion or your parents’ opinion of the current political mess. That means not even within your own family — unless you want to turn important dinners or other family get-togethers into … Read more…

Why Do We Ask Nosy Questions?

Now and then every single one of us – man or woman – asks a question that we immediately regret asking. Oh, shoot, why did I say that? Even before the complete thought left our mouth, we suddenly realized with horror how stupid or inappropriate it was. A rather common … Read more…