Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Check-up today

Went up to Roseville for a medical check-up this morning. Results? Still healthy still sane! It's a twofer!

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Wisconsin concerns

What concerns me most about Wisconsin is that the whole fair employment agreements - public and private are predicated upon the good faith standards put forth by the Hatch Act, the predecessor to the National Labor Relations Board, among others. If a government feels it can just invalidate a large chunk of law, "because times are hard" that is the start of a slide down a slippery slope. The Governor would be wiser to reopen bargaining with the state workers and let the workers decide themselves whether they want to accept some reductions for the good of the whole or strike. In this economy strikes are usually short and decisive as ours was. We wound up splitting the difference. By just killing all of the agreements, the Governor now has a tiger by the tail. A tiger whose rights will be upheld int he Supreme Court. By invalidating contracts he will pay far more in legal bills and lost production rather than going through the bargaining process. Union representation is assured by Federal Law. It is wiser to work with that system than try an end run around it. The crowds in Madison bear that out.

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Ben's email got hacked

Dear friends:

My Yahoo email got hacked today. A mail server at a [place I volunteered got hit, then my yahoo account (the only place which does not use strong passwords or kerboros ) got compromised too.

I've changed my password and tightened account security on my \Yahoo account. I will also be deleting most names in the yahoo address book. I have other ways (like Posterous) to reach people in a hurry.

If you need to talk to me about this, please contact me at

Thanks and sorry,


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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

February 8, 2011 - Care, the Source of All Cure A thought for caregivers from Henri Nouwern

As a hospital Chaplain, who sometimes has some really tough cases, this jumped out at me.  This, my friends is why we do this!  BEN

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Daily Meditation (Henri Nouwen)

Care, the Source of All Cure

Care is something other than cure. Cure means "change." A doctor, a lawyer, a minister, a social worker-they all want to use their professional skills to bring about changes in people's lives. They get paid for whatever kind of cure they can bring about. But cure, desirable as it may be, can easily become violent, manipulative, and even destructive if it does not grow out of care. Care is being with, crying out with, suffering with, feeling with. Care is compassion. It is claiming the truth that the other person is my brother or sister, human, mortal, vulnerable, like I am.

When care is our first concern, cure can be received as a gift. Often we are not able to cure, but we are always able to care. To care is to be human.

Share your thoughts on this reflection.

These reflections are taken from Henri J.M. Nouwen's Bread for the Journey.

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