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January 22, 2005

suddenly winter

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 4:52 pm

rumble of thunder
a street juggler
lights his torches



one rock for my garden–
a thousand ants
rescuing eggs



snow pile


so suddenly winter
the colors
in her pill box


credits: “so suddenly winter”  The Heron’s Nest

“one rock for my garden–” The Heron’s Nest

 “rumble of thunder” The Heron’s Nest (Jan. 2005)




by dagosan:  

the blizzard

starts as scheduled  —

saturday is cancelled



waiting out

the snowstorm —

pantry’s full



through the frosted window –

all is dull gray

or bright white


[Jan. 22, 2005]




god'spolitics  Jim Wallis of Sojourners Magazine was on the Charlie Rose show last night (Jan. 21, 2005),

As usual, although Wallis is a religious believer and I am not, I found myself consistently agreeing

with his message.  I especially liked his statement “religion has no monopoly on morality.”  As the

book flap states:

It has become clear that someone must challenge the Republicans’ claim that

they speak for God, or that they hold a monopoly on moral values in the nation’s

public life. Wallis argues that America’s separation of church and state does not

require banishing moral and religious values from the public square. In fact, the

very survival of America’s social fabric depends on such values and vision to

shape our politics — a dependence the nation’s founders recognized.

We’ve voiced such sentiments here, there and elsewhere.  Democrats cannot wait until the next

presidential campaign to let the American people know that the vast majority of us hold moral and

ethical views that fit squarely within our national consensus on values — and that differences on

how those values should be applied in particular instances should not “excommunicate” anyone

from our social community or political discussion. 


Frankly, many Baby Boomers are “allergic to religion,” because of disillusionment with the religious

institutions of their birth, and many feel intellectually superior to believers.  We need to get over both

of these obstacles to recognizing and acknowledging the values we share with American believers,

just as certain segments of American’s religious community need to recognize that they do not have

a monopoly on morality nor on solutions to America’s social and political problems.

  • Although I believe that the majority of America’s believers come in “good faith” to  snow pile flip

    the positions they take on political issues, I admit to being skeptical — just as I am,

    for instance, with the interpretation of legal ethical requirements by lawyers — when

    a person’s positions consistently result in their own financial gain or the enhancement

    of their social position.

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