Showing posts from December, 2004

My Contribution This Day

Today, I made Potato Leek soup. Two leeks, a large onion, chopped and sautéed in a splash of olive oil and a pat of butter until the aroma filled the room. I added to the onions and leeks: one chopped carrot, a stalk of celery (also chopped), five diced potatoes and seven cups of vegetable broth and a teaspoon of salt, then brought the mixture to a boil and then let it simmer for 45 minutes. I think the simmering (patience) was the most important step. Just before serving, I added a teaspoon of ground black pepper and some fresh basil. I served it with some crusty French bread and some Martinelli’s sparkling cider. This is my contribution to Peace today: homemade potato leek soup. Delicious.

A Quote for Today

"...if by a liberal they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people- their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, their civil liberties.. if that is what they mean by a "liberal" then I am proud to be a liberal. " --John F. Kennedy

Upon Further Reflection....

It seems to me that we ALL voted our values... that's why we react at a visceral level to the prospect of another four years of this administration. I, for one, find that my core values are being severely violated by this crowd. Values like: --Stewardship and protection of the natural world; --Preserving the dignity and equality of all humans; --A fair and open society; --Civil liberties; --An open and honest Government; --Civility and collegiality in public conversation. Some of the values are spiritual: --each human reaching their full potential --holding creation as sacred --Compassion for the weakest in our society; --Humility, particularly in foreign policy; I believe that our current culture conflict is, at its heart, a values conflict. The more I reflect on this, the more painful the prospect of the next four years of societal and environmental degradation. I need to go back to the Principles of Spiritual Activism again and again to maintain my center.

Here we go.....

CBS and NBC have refused to air an ad for the United Church of Christ claiming that it is "too controversial." If you are curious about the ad, you can view it here: Since when was the inclusion and tolerance of Jesus considered controversial? Just asking.