• 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

Thanksgiving, 2011

These are the times that try men’s souls. Thomas Paine The skies remain dark this Thanksgiving. The greatest economic recession since the great depression is entering its fourth year. Sixteen percent of workers are either unemployed or Read more »

Constitution Day, 2011

I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore! Howard Beale Network The options considered by the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention were broad. What kind of government were we to have? Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Martin Luther King Day, 2010

Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. Martin Luther King, Jr.  I remember when I discovered my own racism. It was in a small town in northeastern Ohio, six Read more »

Independence Day, 2009

Great oaks from tiny acorns grow. In most of the world the sun rose on the morning of July 4, 1776 much as it had risen the day before and much as it would rise the day Read more »

Independence Day, 2008

We live, my dear soul, in an age of trial. What will be the consequence, I know not. John Adams to Abigail Adams, 1774 It was a cold winter day in January, 1776 when John Adams left Read more »

Independence Day, 2007

E Pluribus Unum From Many, One Two hundred thirty one years ago 56 Patriots pledged their lives, liberties and sacred honor to the vision that we, their descendants, might partake of the blessings of liberty. Twenty-four were Read more »

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