• We must, indeed, all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately. -Benjamin Franklin, Freedom Fighter

  • We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. -Martin Luther King, Jr., Freedom Fighter

  • Let us be cautious in making assertions and critical in examining them, but tolerant in permitting linguistic forms. -Rudolf Carnap, Philosopher

  • A clash of doctrines is not a disaster—it is an opportunity. -Alfred North Whitehead, Philosopher

  • If we could read the secret history of our enemies we should find in each man’s life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility. -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Poet

  • Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there. -Rumi, Mystic

  • If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things. – Rene Descartes, Philosopher

  • A house divided against itself cannot stand. -Abraham Lincoln, President

  • Problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them. -Albert Einstein, Scientist

  • Be the change you want to see in the world. -Mahatma Gandhi, Freedom Fighter

Independence Day, 2011

You give the appearance of one widely traveled, I’ll bet you’ve seen things in your time. So sit down beside me and tell me your story, If you think you’ll like yesterday’s wine. Willie Nelson According to Read more »

Memorial Day 2011

… that these dead shall not have died in vain. Abraham Lincoln From the The Post and Courier, Charleston, South Carolina, May 18, 2011 North Charleston soldier killed in Afghanistan A soldier from North Charleston — whose Read more »

Patriots Day, 2011

America’s civil war began 150 years ago on April 12, 1861 when Confederate troops stationed in Charleston, South Carolina bombarded Fort Sumter, forcing its capitulation. Six weeks earlier, the citizens of Charleston and the Union troops at Read more »

Martin Luther King Day, 2011

I refuse to accept despair as the final response to the ambiguities of history. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is once again the Winter of America’s discontent. America is angry. The same anger that was unleashed 43 Read more »

Thanksgiving, 2010

These are the times that try men’s souls. Thomas Paine The skies are dark this Thanksgiving. Winter has come to much of America. Two-plus years into the deepest economic recession since the Great Depression, we, the people Read more »

Constitution Day, 2010

How are we, a free people, to govern ourselves? This was the question Washington, Madison, Franklin and their colleagues asked themselves that miraculous summer 223 years ago. Eleven years after bringing forth a new nation, conceived in Read more »

Independence Day, 2010

“We are in the very midst of revolution, the most complete, unexpected, and remarkable of any in the history of the world.” John Adams July, 1776 The Fourth of July parade. Oil City, Pennsylvania. A lot of Read more »

Memorial Day, 2010

… that these dead shall not have died in vain Four score and seven years before Abraham Lincoln spoke these words at Gettysburg, our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and Read more »

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