Come Join the Dance

The band struck up a joyful tune With beat lively and fast; “Come join in, the host proclaim,” “We’ll party and have a blast!” But some of the guests ignored his words; Others just stood around. A few joined in the circle; Many were by fear so bound.   The band played a more gentleContinue reading “Come Join the Dance”

The Heart of the Matter

What sort of people will we be? What will we choose to believe? Will we be open and unafraid; Or angry, frightened, Stuck in our own ways? Will we choose generosity And noble pursuits; Will we be tight-fisted, Uncaring brutes? Will our power and wealth Be invested for good Or squandered and hoarded Until allContinue reading “The Heart of the Matter”

Powerful People

As Mr. Trump debates whether he will keep the US in the Paris Accord, I have this thought: We are powerful people. We can choose for ourselves: Will we give in to control? Or will we stand on our own? We can decide what is right; No one ever does that for us. Thoughts, feelings,Continue reading “Powerful People”

I Couldn’t Have Said It Better Myself

From: http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/05/24/529831472/trump-wants-families-on-food-stamps-to-get-jobs-the-majority-already-work When President Trump’s budget director, Mick Mulvaney, unveiled the administration’s budget blueprint earlier this week, which calls for significant cuts to food stamps, he noted that the aim of the budget was to get people working. “If you’re on food stamps and you’re able-bodied, we need you to go to work. If you’reContinue reading “I Couldn’t Have Said It Better Myself”

Another Hero’s Story

Chris Parker came to Manchester Arena as an anonymous beggar, positioning himself near the crowd of exiting Ariana Grande fans in hopes that he might pocket some spare change. Tragedy altered those plans: “It knocked me to the floor and then I got up and instead of running away my gut instinct was to runContinue reading “Another Hero’s Story”

Impact and Ideas

This is an excerpt from a report on the New York Times site.  Go there to read it in its entirety: WASHINGTON — A bill to dismantle the Affordable Care Act that narrowly passed the House this month would increase the projected number of people without health insurance by 14 million next year and byContinue reading “Impact and Ideas”

True Nobility

I found this story on: Nearly $30,000 Raised for Homeless Man Who Helped Manchester Arena Attack Victims I chose excerpts to highlight something good that is coming out of a tragedy: A homeless man who was hailed as a hero after coming to the aid of the wounded as they fled the Manchester Arena following Monday’s deadlyContinue reading “True Nobility”

Let’s Do Some Math

There is a whole group of people in the world who work very hard… And still live in poverty or in “near poverty.”   I’m writing to recognize and honor them. They are almost never acknowledged when the powers that be talk about poverty and programs that help, so join me for a moment toContinue reading “Let’s Do Some Math”