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Monthly Archives: November 2009

Today I’m thankful for a society that values free speech and respect for dissenting opinions. Yesterday I watched the Oprah interview with Sarah Palin, and I couldn’t help but note the beauty and power of what America offers and values. Here were two women who campaigned on opposing teams a year ago and presumably still maintain the same political views, sitting together having a chat that was not only civil, but warm…. Read More

I wrote the following article last year, and it ran here soon before the 2008 election. I’m wondering if anyone has any comments on the differing philosophies of governance now, a year later.   Spiritual Statesmanship: Salt and Light for Corruption and Darkness For the Christian who prefers safe, polite conversation, it’s tempting to avoid controversial subjects. “Never discuss politics or religion,” says the social dictum. But in an election year, we… Read More

The Botany of Desire Last month PBS aired a two hour special on The Botany of Desire by science writer, Michael Pollan. Pollan set out to explore how four particular plants have evolved to satisfy human desires: the apple, which evolved to satisfy our desire for sweetness; the tulip, our desire for beauty; the cannabis (marijuana plant), our desire for intoxication; and the potato, our desire for control. The documentary shows beautifully… Read More

Here’s the conclusion of the Wall Street Journal: “We believe it is no stretch to say that Mrs. Pelosi’s handiwork ranks with the Smoot-Hawley tariff and FDR’s National Industrial Recovery Act as among the worst bills Congress has ever seriously contemplated.” You can read the article here. I am open to anyone’s explanation of how this is good for America. Otherwise, I’ll continue to maintain that it’s disastrous for all of us.