Social Isolation leading to “Cultural Malaise”

I do not always agree with David Brooks. In speaking of two non-political stories that stood out this week, he made a key point at the end of Friday’s NPR segment to which I add some emphasis: …And the second is the shocking release of a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]

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Grandfather Alvin D. Todd

Thirty years ago, April 27, 1988, Alvin D. Todd died. Here’s a history of my grandfather written in 2010 by O’Nell (Todd) Brown: ALVIN TODD 8/6/1902 – 4/27/1988 Starting 1929 as a truck farmer in Gaddistown, Georgia, and marketing about 10 varieties of dahlia tubers, gifts from his mother-in-law, the money from which he paid […]

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Conflict Transformation

Conflicts present a chance to grow…      to build relationships…. John Lederach1 teaches: Conflict transformation is to envision and respond to the ebb and flow of social conflict as life-giving opportunities for creating constructive change processes that reduce violence, increase justice in direct interaction and social structures, and respond to real-life problems in human […]

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Having compassion

During the next four years, something will happen that will make Donald Trump look as though he let down the American people. It happened to President Obama, such as Benghazi, the IRS Tea Party investigations, and the NSA surveillance revelations. There have also been senior administration officials who misbehaved in office. Such incidents occur in […]

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Love drives out fears

How do we come together, especially after we have disagreed in a non-loving way? We start with Love. Rev. William Barber preaches this message. He speaks out against those who would oppress and invites them to join in a loving fusion coalition. How do we address fear? We start with Love.

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Love is… being *for* each other… with love that understands

In the contested 1924 Democratic National Convention, the deadlock was reported to be because “Everybody was against somebody or some place, but not enough people were for anybody or any place.” It may be considered good that the main conflict that year, KKK influence, ended up being decided with a rejection of the Klan. But there were […]

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“Love Reaches Out” – a theme song?

This song heralds the Love that can heal the world… If this site needs a theme song, this may be it! Published (on YouTube) on Jun 18, 2014 Download the song! // http://sanctuariesdc.bandcamp.com Created by artists at The Sanctuaries in Washington, DC. Erin J. | James B. | Megan M. | Osa O. Lyrics from YouTube.com. […]

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An Artist from Kenya

On Thanksgiving of 2014, we had a group of Kenyans over for dinner. Kennedy Mbugua Waireri was one of the guest. He was engaged in the gathering as one of the quieter people there, which was not too much out of the ordinary for him. We have several of his paintings on our wall, and […]

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