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An Independence Day to Remember

     I write these words on the morning of July 4, but I celebrated the Independence Day holiday last night.  An outdoor concert, parking lot dance floor and lovely fireworks display took place at the nursing home/memory care facility where my mom lives.  It was my best July 4th in years.

 

mazel tov !

     With yesterday's historic decision by the Supreme Court, it has now been established that federal law may not discriminate against same-sex couples whose marriages have been registered in any of the states which allow same-sex marriage.  Mazel tov!

How to Defend Marriage

     Last week's fascinating Supreme Court hearings about the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) made me think about the ways in which marriage might actually be defended.  It takes more to defend marriage than simply passing a law which refuses federal benefits and protections to any but "traditional" marriages between a man and a woman. 

The President and the Settlers

     Following President Obama's recent journey to Israel and Palestine, several people have asked about my reaction to his actions and words there.  A few have been surprised by my deep disappointment in our president.  "But didn't you find satisfaction in his words before Israeli college students?" several have asked.

Old Testament Memoirs

     As I wrote in a recent entry, I enjoy reading memoirs.  I mentioned that I like my memoirists (is that a word?) to be honest about their real experiences ... the good, the bad and the ugly.

Old Testament Memoirs

     As I wrote in a recent entry, I enjoy reading memoirs.  I mentioned that I like my memoirists (is that a word?) to be honest about their real experiences ... the good, the bad and the ugly.

Old Testament Memoirs

     As I wrote in a recent entry, I enjoy reading memoirs.  I mentioned that I like my memoirists (is that a word?) to be honest about their real experiences ... the good, the bad and the ugly.

Would I want him as a friend? Probably not. But I like his book.

     An interesting discussion took place last week at Readers' Rendezvous.


     This is a group in the church which meets every two months to discuss books we have all been reading.  We read fiction, memoirs and the occasional literary nonfiction selection.    Last week we discussed Cactus Eaters by Dan White.  It is the story of White's journey along the Pacific Crest Trail with his girlfriend.  It is fun and funny to read.  For some in our group it was also off-putting and  irritating.

In Memorium: Emily Gottfried: bridgebuilder and interfaith leader

     With great sadness we have learned of the death yesterday of Emily Gottfried, Executive Director of the Oregon American Jewish Committee.  

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