People wonder about the purpose of work, and a co-worker passed this poem on today that seems to answer part of the question: To be of use. To be of useby Marge Piercy The people I love the bestjump into work head firstwithout dallying in the shallowsand swim off with sure strokes almost out of … More To be of use –
Little Bristol Palin weighed in on none other than Fox News recently to proclaim that abstinence-only is best but it is “not realistic.” Translated: “I’m 18 and a mom and hormones got the best of me and golly, maybe I should have known more about birth control.” I happen to believe we can control our … More But maybe worth the bickering ….
USA Today, which is the flagship of the corporation that is selling/closing my newspaper, has a really great column today on science vs. religion, the most trenchant part of which is in the first 50 words: “Many Americans still reject evolution, which is viewed by some as a threat to the foundation of faith. On … More A fight we need not have
The Atlanta Journal Constitution (a newspaper that isn‘t going out of business March 21), has a very trenchant piece on science vs. religion online right now. One point in it is that the “culture wars” of the last decade or so have made discussions about religion and science into an either-or proposition. The Pat Robertson’s … More Science vs. Religion … or Science with Religion?
Ok, I confess I’ve always had a crush on Tony Blair. It’s the accent, probably. The Times Online had a report of him speaking at Obama’s National Prayer Breakfast and saying that he was thankful to be out of politics since British politicians who speak of religion or faith are viewed with skepticism … “people … More Belief = being a “bit of a nutter”
A friend of mine, who also happens to be a priest, recently posted the statement below in the Facebook game of 25 Random Things about Me. I can’t believe anyone has time to even think of 25 things, much less post them, but it could be because I’m still gainfully employed as a journalist and … More The cause of all our problems
As much as I wish it wasn’t so, there times I wonder why I’m still Catholic. Decades of reporting on the church, particularly those nasty years in the early part of this century covering the sex abuse crisis, can do that to a soul. Being cursed with a questioning nature also plays against me; I’m … More Being Catholic
Yesterday, my 19-year-old offered this: “How about we let a homeless kid live in our house?” She said she’d seen some homeless teens hanging out around the University of Arizona and thought she should bring them home. I asked for clarification – did she mean her house by the University of Arizona or her parent’s … More Taking in the homeless?
Like hundreds of thousands of other Americans, I’m being laid off from my job. Not right now, mind you, but in about six weeks. My colleagues and I get to walk the gangplank toward unemployment for another 46 days – or so the newsroom countdown clock proclaimed yesterday. We’re one of three newspapers on the … More Faith in the unemployment line