this is the fun we teach:

November 20, 2008

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see:
Slate.com article

January 25, 2008

God’s love is perfected in us.

– Martin Luther King Jr.

Newark revisited

January 22, 2008

During the summer of 1967 I worked at a Fresh Air camp in the rural hills of New Jersey. Twenty miles away there was rioting and rebelling in the streets of Newark.

I recall making an emergency trip into that ghetto to return a camper whose mother had been killed by police gunfire. I drove the camp truck and hoped it would be my credential for safe passage. On each corner were crowds of angry black men talking and staring at each vehicle which passed by. Forty years later many corners are still the same.

I was living in Newark in 1968 when Doctor King was murdered. Five of us (all quite white) lived in an African neighborhood. Down the street was Cookie’s Plain and Fancy. We would stop in after class to play pool, shoot darts, and drink High Life. Cookie always had a shotgun behind the bar and James Brown on the jukebox. On the day he bought us a round of beers we felt like honorary members of the neighborhood.

When Martin was assassinated – it all changed. We were told not to return. We moved to the white suburbs soon after.

Evil had its way – with all of us.

a new year thought

January 1, 2008


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Peace
and Prosperity
for the Poor

(for a change)

 

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what if
we stopped
building mansions

what if
we began
to build ourselves.

our home
in our hearts
freedom

our home
in each other
humanity

our home
in love compassion
reality

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How about you?

September 14, 2007

There are billions
who want to live in peace.

All have different beliefs.

That is fine with me.

freedom rider

January 15, 2007

If I had my way,
If I had my way,
If I had my way,
I’d tear this building down.

 

 

– traditional: sung by African slaves
posted in contemplation of Dr. King’s birthday
to honor all those who faced down the dogs of slavery