Gladys and Billy were an impoverished couple living on M.L. King Blvd. in Dallas. We met during 1989-1992 to consider their family issues. After a half hour of talking about intractable problems, I sheepishly suggested we go down the street for a milkshake. Suddenly family problems would be superficially minimized by sweet milkshakes. Both are [...]
Roman Epicurean and/or hedonistic philosophers would quickly define the greatest pleasures as “eating, drinking, merry making.” Emperors cleverly built coliseums in every major city from Rome to European colonies. Their sadistic games were held in “Circus Maximus” (the great circus) by which the masses were narcotized and immunized to the fact Rome’s empire was collapsing [...]
Fr. Rohr concludes, “We are all in school!” For the first time in nearly eighty years this December, I learned of professional midwifes who are called “Doulas.” The Chinese word for birth is “to come out to the world.” Was there a Doula present with Mary and Joseph at the moment Jesus entered our world?
The Berrigan brothers were prophetic leaders in the peace momentum. They followed an example of Gandhi, who read Jesus’ Beatitudes (Matthew V or Luke VI) every day. Like the uncertain number of arrests that their peace movement has endured, similarly could the Berrigans not enumerate their Pentagon visits.
Although traffic jams could easily slow the flow of vehicles to the point where walking was faster, no mayor had the gumption to pass legislation reducing the speed to 25 m.p.h. Mayor John Lindsay in the 1970’s challenged residents by declaring, “You have every right to enter NYC, but you do not have a right to bring a ton of metal (before plastic was a vital component of cars) with you.”
No matter who gains the White House in 2016, some know the CIA will try to control our government and continue promoting global warfare. Which poor nation is next for war on the chessboard?
Henry Bliss tried to assist a woman descending from a trolley on W. 74th Street in New York City on September 14, 1899. He was struck by an electric taxi and became the first auto-related fatality in US history. Each year a memorial service is held on the corner of 74th & Park Ave. to [...]
Louisiana citizens retain vivid images of New Orleans after Katrina and perhaps numerous destructions of Cameron and other communities by hurricanes Rita (2005) and other storms in No radioactivity lingers in victimized Louisiana communities. Who has 70-year old memories of Hiroshima and Nagasaki destroyed by small atomic bombs in August 1945? The August 12th industrial [...]
Historians know of Einstein’s regret for assistance in the atomic weapons program. His unopened letter to President Truman remained on the desk of the only president to authorize use of atom bombs. Einstein’s Project(name of a play) was to show horrors of such atomic widgets to people in the town square and witness citizens unanimous [...]
Most of my adult life has been spent living within, under unjust, less than honorable political, economic systems. A friend in Lafayette echoes my feelings at this point: “Will you speak please?" my friend begs. My summers of 1965 and 1966 were spent in Harlem, a black colony within Manhattan and “The World’s Financial Center.” I learned to [...]