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What Domination Remains Beyond Slavery And Colonies?

Abolitionist editor Elijah Parish Lovejoy was murdered by a pro slavery mob in Alton, IL on November 7, 1837. Memorials in Alton relate the story of one courageous opponent in the face of a global movement that had to end. The power of a few abolitionists is worthy of respectful remembrance in our Anthropocene age [...]

By | November 7th, 2014|Corporate Responsibility, Environment, Stories|0 Comments

You May Smell But Not See An Oil Spill

COMMON DREAMS news source of October 19, 2014 reported: “Major Oil Spill Strikes LA” - Threatens water ways, wildlife in Caddo Parish.” THE WALL STREET JOURNAL was quoted in COMMON DREAMS, claiming the Sunoco Mid-Valley spill was perhaps the major oil mishap of the year in the US. Friends in Louisiana seemed to know nothing [...]

By | October 26th, 2014|Corporate Responsibility, Environment, Stories|0 Comments

Where Have All Her Classmates Gone?

When Eunice Blanchard Hebert (August 27, 1907 – September 27, 2014) was buried on October 1st, Fr. Jody Simoneaux gave a warm eulogy for her in St. John’s church of Jeanerette, LA where Mrs. Hebert spent her century and seven years of life. In his farewell message Fr. Simoneaux quipped: “Where are all her classmates?” [...]

By | October 7th, 2014|Stories|0 Comments

Why Would One Pilot Wear An Eye Patch?

During eighteen months at the University of Hawaii preparing to teach English in China by means of a course called English as a Second Language (ESL) I learned more about the nuclear tight wire upon which we all live. One evening in 1980 a military officer in Honolulu visited our small group of friends and [...]

By | September 23rd, 2014|Stories|0 Comments

Happy 107th Birthday To Mrs. Eunice Hebert

In 2014 there are possibly 100,000 people who are 100 years old. When Roselyn’s mother Eunice Hebert, a widow, reached 100 I told her, “You are the best mother-in-law I ever had.” Still lucid at 100, she asked, “How many such mothers – in-law have you had?” When Mrs. Hebert turned 107 in September, one [...]

By | September 13th, 2014|Environment, Stories|0 Comments

Mental Health And Basic Human Rights

Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) said, “The foundation of mental illness is our unwillingness to experience legitimate suffering.” Dr. Scott Peck began his book The Road Less Travelled with a simple truth: “Life is difficult.” During the 1970’s I discovered thousands of people who were squatting (illegally) on the ground or 30,000 on rooftops among Hong [...]

By | September 10th, 2014|Environment, Stories|0 Comments

JFK And The Unspeakable

Jim Douglas was a teacher at the University of Hawaii in the 1960’S AND 1970’s. He is the author of JFK and the Unspeakable. It was my privilege to have carefully read Jim’s book as a signed gift from a historian and biblical “peacemaker.” Jim Albertini continues as a peacemaker in Hawaii. When filmmaker Oliver [...]

By | September 5th, 2014|Stories, Weapons of Mass Destruction|1 Comment

Drinking Pure Water Is A Luxury

Nicrest Thibodeaux, 85 of Crowley, LA returned to our divine Source of purest water on August 18, 2014. His funeral will be held in September when all family members are nearby. As a youth, Mr. Thibodeaux was an engineer who worked for a prominent US chemical corporation. He and his co-workers had instructions to remove [...]

By | August 21st, 2014|Environment, Stories|7 Comments

Is History Is Our Willingness To Do The “Impossible”?

Novelist Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) asked “Who is the moral person?” Responding to himself he educated all of us by stating “The beauty or ugliness of a character lay not only in achievements, but aims and impulse; true history lay not among things done but among things willed.” We, who use telephones daily and seldom deal [...]

By | August 15th, 2014|Renewable Energy, Stories|0 Comments