And I Was Moved

I tuned into the Republican National Convention and listened and I was moved – moved to despair and anger. It reinforced my despair over where our country is moving, what horrible shape our country is in, how weak and hated we are around the world. I have been discouraged when I looked for substance in Donald Trump’s speeches but all I found were long diatribes about nothing. I have been puzzled as he dodged answering questions about policy by changing the subject – usually several times in one sentence. I have been stunned by his name-calling, his spewing of anger, how he feeds his followers garbage as they cheer him on. And most of all, I’m appalled by the bold-faced lies he tells (75% of his fact-checked statements are false). I no longer listen to his speeches because it is impossible to discern which 25% of his statements are believable. After following him for a year I see that he is uninformed about the most basic ways our government is structured and functions, he lies about his accomplishments and about others, he believes he is smarter than anyone else and thus doesn’t need anyone else to give counsel, he is a bully who shows disrespect for people who don’t support and follow him, he believes that the best way to live in the world is by being stronger and meaner than the anyone else, he lacks humility, he has a disregard […]

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What Will We Do in Our Tomorrows?

Sunday I celebrated the Christian religious holiday of Easter. This is our most important religious day – the foundation of our faith. What I ponder today, one of the tomorrows after Easter,  is how does my belief in the death of Jesus for my sins and His resurrection to sit on the right side of God impact how I choose […]

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Values, Facts & Judgement

Friend Lynn and I spent some time standing at this busy corner in Buenos Aries near this subway entrance one late afternoon, as people were heading home. We watched people, looked at buildings, and I was working to understand this culture I was visiting for the first time. But what captured our attention the most was this family. I earned a Masters degree in Social Work – and I was responsible for creating a curriculum and teaching in the social work program at a private university for many years. Our curriculum, in part, guided student learning in child welfare, human development and the family life cycle. We worked hard to teach students information based on research instead of the popular trends of the day. For example, at this conservative Christian university we shared research that suggested children develop as well with same-gender parents as with heterosexual parents. We also tried to help students work through how to make decision about how to help people when their personal values and information from research conflicted. Do they support agency policies and state laws that allow for same-gendered adoptions when they believe that homosexuality is a sin but research says that homosexuals are equally good parents as heterosexuals? Watching this working mother and her children brought so many thoughts and struggles back to me, the ones I struggled with as I faced my responsibilities for guiding student learning. Our reality in middle-class US […]

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Politics of Buenos Aries

I am not going to attempt a long essay on Argentinian politics. I wouldn’t even attempt to do so on US politics. But we did have the opportunity to experience some of the political excitement first hand ear. I first found out that there was a presidential election when I was having a late lunch on Saturday (because it is […]

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