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 Holidays: Mother's Day

History / Culture

Julia Ward Howe's
Mother's Day Proclamation

(1870, Boston)


"Arise then...women of this day!
Arise, all women who have hearts!
Whether your baptism be of water or of tears!
Say firmly:
'We will not have questions answered by irrelevant agencies,
Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage,
For caresses and applause.
Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience. ...


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 Holidays: Veterans' Day Mourning

Opinion
"...My community service has been doing the duty that the courts shrink from - calling attention to war crimes and trying to stop war crimes..." Elliott Adams.

From: Rosemarie Jackowski

It is Veterans' Day again. Some will celebrate. Some will march in parades. Some will rally around the flag. Some will go shopping. Some will mourn. I am among the mourners.

I mourn the execution of Pvt Eddie Slovik - the gentle soldier who was too gentle to kill. He refused to fight. On January 31, 1945, the US executed him before a firing squad. He was the only soldier executed during WW2.

There are some other veterans who have earned our respect. Pfc Bradley Manning is a hero. He has not been convicted of any crime. His contribution to humanity will go down in history along with Thoreau and so many others. Through his imprisonment, Manning has exposed the dark side of the US Justice system. How long should any prisoner be held without trial? That is the question that Manning has exposed for all the world to see. ...

Posted by Blue1moon on Sunday, November 11 @ 12:07:09 EST (1173 reads)
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 Holidays: The Myth of the Three Wise Men

SpiritualityBy the Rev. Howard Bess

Since January 6 marks Epiphany, the first day of an extended season in the Christian Church calendar that takes traditional Christian believers all the way to the Lenten season. It is the season that celebrates the Christian gospel as light to a dark world.

The meaning of the word is “a light shining over.” Epiphany takes us to the star, which in Christian tradition, traveled through the sky and fixed itself over the stable in Bethlehem where Jesus was born of a virgin mother. It is the star that led wise men from the East to the infant Jesus … to worship the new born child and to bring him gifts appropriate for a king.

Any attempt to read the story of the wise men as history brings complete frustration. Following a star to an address in Bethlehem is a bit outside of human experience. The story of the wise men is found only in the Matthew gospel. ...


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 Holidays: The Light Enters The World--My Christmas Day Homily

SpiritualityGnostic Reflections from Soulgazer

There is a subtle difference between the "orthodox" and the "gnostic" views on christmas, or the day credited to the birth of Jesus. It may be helpful to review the "orthodox" version first.

According to christian teaching and tradition, God took flesh and was born to a virgin in Bethlehem, wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger. This baby was God in the flesh from birth.

We have a slightly different (heretical!) view, but it holds no less significance. First let me explain that the Gnostic holds to pre-existence. If not to ourselves then at least for the Christ Spirit, or Crestos. This may appear pantheistic at first, but it is only a matter of perception.

Just as the spirit of love that is in each of us is not our entirety, but still part of our makeup, the Crestos is the name we have given to the spirit of love that is part of the makeup of God.

In the years that preceded the birth of the baby in Bethlehem, the world was in awful shape. Mercy was rare, something to be bought or sold. The world thought that they knew what righteousness was....they would bow down to their one true God several times a day in public, make great long prayers of devotion and servitude, and perform ritual acts of contrition. Then they would perform horrible acts of mutilation on those they considered unrighteous, maybe throw a coin into a beggars cup, or a stone at his head, depending on the mood.

Sinners were somebody to be punished, with zeal and happpiness, a chance to practice cruelty in the name of God!

Then that day in Bethlehem, when God had had enough. ...

Posted by Blue1moon on Wednesday, December 23 @ 22:20:50 EST (716 reads)
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 Holidays: Banning a Book Near You

The Newsby: Connie Schultz, t r u t h o u t | Perspective

We call them school librarians, but in these contentious times, I'm inclined to call them heroes.

Take Karin Perry, for example. That's "Mrs. Perry" to you middle schoolers. She cast the winning bid in an auction to bring best-selling author Ellen Hopkins to speak to her students at Whittier Middle School in Norman, Okla.

This was a big "whoo-hoo!" for Perry's students. Hopkins writes fiction for adolescents, including "Crank," a heartbreaking tale of a bright 15-year-old girl whose life is derailed by her addiction to methamphetamine. Hopkins wrote the book after her own gifted daughter went to prison for the same drug addiction.

Hopkins often talks to students about the dangers of drugs, but Mrs. Perry asked her to talk last week about writing. Students were bubbling with questions, but they never were allowed to ask Hopkins any of them on school grounds.

One parent didn't like the content of Hopkins' book. That's all it took for Superintendent Joe Siano to order a committee review of the book and to disinvite the celebrated author.

Now is as good a time as any to mention that this is Banned Books Week, which is sponsored annually by the American Library Association to celebrate the freedom to read. ...

Posted by Blue1moon on Friday, October 02 @ 21:08:31 EDT (620 reads)
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 Holidays: The Light Enters The World--My Christmas Day Homily

SpiritualityGnostic Reflections from Soulgazer

There is a subtle difference between the "orthodox" and the "gnostic" views on christmas, or the day credited to the birth of Jesus. It may be helpful to review the "orthodox" version first.

According to christian teaching and tradition, God took flesh and was born to a virgin in Bethlehem, wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger. This baby was God in the flesh from birth.

We have a slightly different (heretical!) view, but it holds no less significance. First let me explain that the Gnostic holds to pre-existence. If not to ourselves then at least for the Christ Spirit, or Crestos. This may appear pantheistic at first, but it is only a matter of perception.

Just as the spirit of love that is in each of us is not our entirety, but still part of our makeup, the Crestos is the name we have given to the spirit of love that is part of the makeup of God.

In the years that preceded the birth of the baby in Bethlehem, the world was in awful shape. Mercy was rare, something to be bought or sold. The world thought that they knew what righteousness was....they would bow down to their one true God several times a day in public, make great long prayers of devotion and servitude, and perform ritual acts of contrition. Then they would perform horrible acts of mutilation on those they considered unrighteous, maybe throw a coin into a beggars cup, or a stone at his head, depending on the mood.

Sinners were somebody to be punished, with zeal and happpiness, a chance to practice cruelty in the name of God!

Then that day in Bethlehem, when God had had enough. ...

Posted by Blue1moon on Wednesday, December 24 @ 10:09:51 EST (1272 reads)
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 Holidays: Simple White Envelope

HolidaysEmail, attributed to: Esther McDonald

It's just a small white envelope stuck among the branches of our Christmas tree.
No name, no identification, no inscription.
It has peeked through the branches of our tree for the past 10 years or so.

It all began because my husband Mike hated "Christmas" --oh, not the true meaning of Christmas, but the commercial aspects of it -- the overspending, the frantic running around at the last minute to get a tie for Uncle Harry and the dusting powder for Grandma -- the gifts given in desperation because you couldn't think of anything else.

Knowing he felt this way, I decided one year to bypass the usual shirts, sweaters, ties, and so forth. I reached for something special just for Mike. The inspiration came in an unusual way. ...

Posted by Blue1moon on Tuesday, December 23 @ 18:08:23 EST (732 reads)
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 Holidays: The Depression Is Starting To Look Good

Rantsby Donald Kaul

I don’t know what kind of Thanksgiving you had, but things were pretty mellow at our house. We had family and friends over for dinner, then gathered around the fire and sang old songs.

“Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?” “Nobody Wants You When You’re Down and Out,” “Can I Sleep In Your Barn Tonight Mister?”--- the golden oldies. They don’t write songs like that anymore. I suppose they haven’t needed to, until now.

My wife cooked the meal. Turkey with all the fixings. Technically speaking, I suppose, it wasn’t a turkey---more of a Cornish game hen---but it was good, I’ll tell you that. And we were grateful for it. (It’s amazing how filling cranberry sauce can be if you have enough of it.)

So OK, things were a little thin this year; I admit it. The past few weeks have taken a toll on my 401K. I’m considering giving it to my paperboy as a Christmas tip. But you know, I’ve always thought that this country had become too materialistic, too interested in “things.”

Well, George W. has taken care of that, hasn’t he? And to be honest, it wasn’t just George W. Bush. He had Dick Cheney to help him. When they said they were going to undo the excesses of the Clinton years, they weren’t kidding. I just didn’t think they were talking about excess income. ...

Posted by Blue1moon on Wednesday, December 03 @ 20:21:04 EST (845 reads)
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 Holidays: IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776

History / CultureThe unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

W
hen in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world. ...

Posted by Blue1moon on Friday, July 04 @ 18:45:23 EDT (587 reads)
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 Holidays: Mother’s Day Reflections on Love, Prayer, Mother Teresa, Mother Mary

Spiritualityby Christine Smith

It's a beautiful sunny warm day in Colorado. I've just returned from outside where the colors are bright from the sky to the trees...to butterflies and hummingbirds...the daffodils are blooming, and I've seen the first yellow dandelions...spring is here (it takes some time to see it in Colorado)...but it is most definitely here now.

I write this on Mother's Day to share personal contemplation...it is written from someone who values spirituality (I am someone who is introspective and always seeking to know; I believe in love, I believe in the love our fellow elder brother and teacher Jesus taught, and although I rejected organized religion years ago and it was in that rejection of religion, I also stopped praying, recent experiences have completely changed that for me.)

For the most part, for years, I have refrained from prayer (a topic I explored in detail in a piece I wrote several years ago). However, in the past several months, due in part to a friend advising me that one day, when in need of solace, I may reach out and try and then I will experience a comfort which will affirm the divine presence, I did. I was skeptical, listened, and tucked that advice away (when someone I trust cares enough to share something of value from their personal experience it holds much weight with me), and I remembered it, until it indeed and truly became relevant...and I reached out, experimenting as it were, not knowing but reaching out nonetheless in prayer, and I am sharing here that I have found that my seeking brought communion/communication ...it was and is there. ...

Posted by Blue1moon on Monday, May 12 @ 20:36:18 EDT (840 reads)
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 Holidays: Environmental Activists Urge Renaming April Fools Day

Environment

Environmental activists want to turn April Fools Day into Fossil Fools Day. They claim that there isn’t much to laugh at.

Rising Tide UK, a grassroots network dedicated to building a movement for climate justice, is trying to attract more attention to the problem of root causes of climate change by renaming the day of laughter.

The group is going to launch a “100-actions" campaign across the world to point out the role that fossil fuels play in climate change. The aim is the transition to a non-carbon society, localization of energy, food, and economic systems for future. ...


Posted by Blue1moon on Tuesday, April 01 @ 19:34:25 EDT (741 reads)
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 Holidays: The Light Enters The World--My Christmas Day Homily

SpiritualityGnostic Reflections from Soulgazer

There is a subtle difference between the "orthodox" and the "gnostic" views on christmas, or the day credited to the birth of Jesus. It may be helpful to review the "orthodox" version first.

According to christian teaching and tradition, God took flesh and was born to a virgin in Bethlehem, wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger. This baby was God in the flesh from birth.

We have a slightly different (heretical!) view, but it holds no less significance. First let me explain that the Gnostic holds to pre-existence. If not to ourselves then at least for the Christ Spirit, or Crestos. This may appear pantheistic at first, but it is only a matter of perception.

Just as the spirit of love that is in each of us is not our entirety, but still part of our makeup, the Crestos is the name we have given to the spirit of love that is part of the makeup of God.

In the years that preceded the birth of the baby in Bethlehem, the world was in awful shape. Mercy was rare, something to be bought or sold. The world thought that they knew what righteousness was....they would bow down to their one true God several times a day in public, make great long prayers of devotion and servitude, and perform ritual acts of contrition. Then they would perform horrible acts of mutilation on those they considered unrighteous, maybe throw a coin into a beggars cup, or a stone at his head, depending on the mood.

Sinners were somebody to be punished, with zeal and happpiness, a chance to practice cruelty in the name of God!

Then that day in Bethlehem, when God had had enough. ...


Note: Visit our forums for more thoughts and reflections by Soulgazer: Spirituality Gnostic Reflections

Posted by Blue1moon on Monday, December 24 @ 10:22:58 EST (975 reads)
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 Holidays: Labor Day Blues

Business NewsBy: Rosemarie Jackowski

We celebrate those who work - as opposed to those who inherit family wealth and those whose financial investments work so they don't have to. Outsourcing and increasing unemployment have caused some workers to experience hostility in the workplace. Below are typical statements made by bosses to their employees - just another day in the life of American workers under the corporate fist.

1. Look, it doesn't matter if the fumes are making you sick. OSHA says everything is OK.

2. I already told you that you couldn’t have the morning off. Your Father's funeral can wait till the weekend.

3. Union, did I just hear somebody say, "Union"? Fire that damn Commie !

4. You want a raise........hahhhhahhhahahahhhah. ....

Posted by Blue1moon on Saturday, September 01 @ 20:59:28 EDT (668 reads)
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 Holidays: It's Time We Kept Our Promise to Working Women

Business Newsby Dick Meister

Equal Pay Day is coming up on April 24 to remind us that working women's wages continue to lag far behind those of men despite the long-neglected legal promise of "equal pay for equal work."

Back in 1963 when President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act, women were making an average of 58 cents for every dollar earned by men. The gap has narrowed, but at a snail's pace. Women's pay is still 23 percent less than that of men -- currently 77 cents per dollar.

The difference can mean the loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars over the working life of a woman and retirement benefits much lower than those of most men, since pension amounts are based on earnings.

"For many families," notes AFL-CIO Vice President Linda Chavez-Thompson, "equal pay could mean living above the poverty level, decent health care, child care, a college education for the kids and a secure retirement." ...

Posted by Blue1moon on Tuesday, April 24 @ 21:18:20 EDT (1016 reads)
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 Holidays: Cesar Chavez - A National Hero

Business Newsby Dick Meister

March 31 will be a special day in nine states and dozens of cities – Cesar Chavez Day, honoring the late founder of the United Farm Workers union, on the 80th anniversary of his birth. That's important, but it's way past time that a national holiday was declared in his honor.

Like Martin Luther King Jr., who's rightly honored with a national holiday, Chavez inspired millions of people to seek -- and to win -- basic human rights that had long been denied them and inspired millions of others to join the struggle.

Chavez himself was very much inspired by Dr. King. He adopted King's non-violent tactics, as he did those of another of his role models, Mohandas Gandhi.

A national Cesar Chavez Day would be a well-deserved tribute to Latinos and organized labor. But even more than that, it would be a special opportunity to remind Americans of the profound lessons Chavez' extraordinary life taught us...

Posted by Blue1moon on Saturday, March 31 @ 21:08:12 EDT (705 reads)
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