Re-Blog: Tribes, and How to Get Beyond Them

Originally posted on Truly Open Minds and Hearts:
By Mel Harkrader Pine I made a solo 1,500-mile driving round trip recently, which gave me the opportunity to catch up to some books I had been wanting to read, or in this case listen to. I was surprised, and enlightened, by two that incongruously fit together.…

The Veteran’s Paradox

Originally posted on Chartwell West:
Dick Winters became a production supervisor at a plastics adhesive factory after the war. He eventually bought a farm and started a business selling animal feed in Pennsylvania. The books and movies about his life didn’t make him rich and famous. They didn’t start until 50 years after the war…

Social Justice and Dry Bones

Originally posted on Truly Open Minds and Hearts:
By Rev. Kate Braestrup From the prophet Jeremiah: O ye dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus saith the Lord God unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live: And I will lay sinews upon you, and…

Is That a Shame?

Originally posted on Truly Open Minds and Hearts:
By Mel Harkrader Pine “A lot of people seem to think I started this business,” (Elvis) Presley told Jet magazine in 1957. “But rock ‘n’ roll was here a long time before I came along. Nobody can sing that music like colored people. Let’s face it: I…

Me, Too

Let’s recognize that no one has a monopoly on pain.

How Vietnam Scarred Us

My generation came head-to-head with the draft and the Vietnam war just as we reached the age of questioning and rebellion.

Shahada-Shema

I find the similarities between the Shahada and the Shema…striking in their similarity. Even the words both mean “hear, listen, pay attention.”