Thursday, January 28, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
I volunteered for to work for Edwards because he was a Populist, speaking up for the "little people" who did not have a voice. I also liked that he worked his way through college in a mill. I did something similar at a jet engine plant.
But the rumors of an affair tainted the campaign from Day 1. The story finally broke after Edwards withdrew and our Sacramento committee switched to supporting Obama. First Edwards lied and denied, then he said another main was the father. In an interview with ABC, I saw a man consumed by grandiosity and narcissism. He said he "only had the affair while his wife was in remission". Great.! That one hit me really close to home as a 3-time cancer survivor.
I'm cynical now. I figure any politician is offering supporters a sales pitch. I wonder what candidates are REALLY like? It's just sad. Edwards whole schitck was just an act. And we fell for it!
Monday, January 18, 2010
Finding Solitude All human beings are alone. No other person will completely feel like we do, think like we do, act like we do. Each of us is unique, and our aloneness is the other side of our uniqueness. The question is whether we let our aloneness become loneliness or whether we allow it to lead us into solitude. Loneliness is painful; solitude is peaceful. Loneliness makes us cling to others in desperation; solitude allows us to respect others in their uniqueness and create community. Letting our aloneness grow into solitude and not into loneliness is a lifelong struggle. It requires conscious choices about whom to be with, what to study, how to pray, and when to ask for counsel. But wise choices will help us to find the solitude where our hearts can grow in love.
Friday, January 15, 2010
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Friendship is one of the greatest gifts a human being can receive. It is a bond beyond common goals, common interests, or common histories. It is a bond stronger than sexual union can create, deeper than a shared fate can solidify, and even more intimate than the bonds of marriage or community. Friendship is being with the other in joy and sorrow, even when we cannot increase the joy or decrease the sorrow. It is a unity of souls that gives nobility and sincerity to love. Friendship makes all of life shine brightly. Blessed are those who lay down their lives for their friends.
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