Author Archives: jim

Both sides

Both sides on the beaches of Normandy weren’t equal. Both sides at Auschwitz were not responsible.  Both sides did not cause the Civil War.  I am reminded of Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address, “Both parties deprecated war, but one of … Continue reading

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A letter for our times

In the aftermath of the chaos in Charlottesville, too many moderates remain silent. Anti-American, anti-Semitic racists marched through the city brandishing images of bigotry and hate, culminating in a racist white, male, terrorist driving his car into a crowd of … Continue reading

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A line drawn in blood

A new line was drawn on the streets of Charlottesville, Va. A line as red as the blood on the pavement and as stark as the Nazi flag. Because the line is clear: those who are on the side of … Continue reading

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God breathes

The breath of God blows through all of creation and through each of us. The seeds of creation are in each of us. We are stardust Billion year old carbon We are golden In Hebrew, the word for Spirit, ruach, … Continue reading

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God moves

I heard them before I saw them. And I heard them for a long time. I was hitchhiking across rural roads in Missouri and hadn’t seen much beyond abject poverty for what felt like most of my life. The night … Continue reading

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50

I turned 50 recently. The age where we realize there are more yesterdays than tomorrows. Half a century. All the coins in my pocket are younger than I. The most recent Supreme Court Justice is younger than I am. At … Continue reading

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Jesus had two dads

When I adopted our daughter, Joseph became my new favorite Biblical character.

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Save the People

This song comes into my head often… So I thought I’d post it here, to make it easy to return to. And when I’m in the mood for the original… … and the movie… Shall crime bring crime forever Strength … Continue reading

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He Was My Brother

On June 21, 1964, in Neshoba County, Mississippi, Andrew Goodman, James Chaney and Mickey Schwerner were assassinated as they worked for civil rights. A deputy sheriff assisted in their murders. They died so others could be free. He was my … Continue reading

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Gratitude

“Thank you,” I said as calmly and sincerely as I could. “Thank you very much.” I have a problem with my tone. For as long as I can remember. My voice doesn’t always communicate emotions I try to convey. I … Continue reading

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