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Mother and Daughter: Double Joy

With thanks for the many blessings of having mother, grandmother, great-grandmother Gladys Morais nee Vaz, and sister, aunt, great-aunt and cheer-leader for all who need a helping hand, Elaine Morais –in our lives. For your generosity of heart and soul,

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Posted in Faith, Family and Friends, I BLOG, Uncategorized

Spontaneous Combustion at First Tabernacle, DC

                                                                                           

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Posted in African American Judaism, Faith, Family and Friends, Feeding the Hungry, Fighting Poverty, Friends, Hunger, I BLOG, Justice, Uncategorized

Homage to Joe Bageant

This post is dedicated, with thanks, to Pat Gozemba who introduced me to Joe Bageant—one of her heroes. It’s a tiny tavern at the corner of Kent and Fairfax in historic Winchester, Virginia. Despite its name, there is nothing royal

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Posted in Class warfare, Faith, Feeding the Hungry, Fighting Poverty, I BLOG, Justice, Middle Class, Uncategorized, Workers' Rights

Love’s Ways to Grace

Love as joy can keep us living fully, right up to our fingertips, till the end of our days.  Or, perversely, love, clouded by fear of loss, can make us shut down our capacity for life too soon as we

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Posted in Faith, Family and Friends, Grace, I BLOG, Merton, Uncategorized

Happy Birthday, John Frederick Webster!

Let sense be numb, let flesh retire; Speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire, O still, small voice of calm!  On this day, I celebrate my beloved husband’s Quaker roots: the sitting and waiting for the “still, small voice of

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Posted in Faith, Family and Friends, Grace, I BLOG, Peace, Poetry, Quakers, Uncategorized

Blessed is the Banker to the Poor

How could I not have read Banker to the Poor earlier? But I’m glad I just did—thanks to my daughter’s prompting—almost 12 years after this autobiography of the visionary micro-credit pioneer, Dr. Muhammad Yunus was first published. Banker to the

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Posted in Business and Justice, Faith, Feeding the Hungry, Fighting Poverty, Hunger, I BLOG, Muslims, Politics and Religion, Uncategorized

Make that leap, Bill Maher.

Bill Maher makes me laugh. And cry. His radical simplification of complex issues is both laugh-out-loud funny — and gross. He pierces through the gullibility of people who let themselves be instruments of the self-interest of the rich and powerful

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Posted in Christian Politicians, Faith, I BLOG, Politics and Religion, Proofs for God, Stand up Comedy, Uncategorized

New People, New Poets, A New Vision of the Future

People often ask me about my fixation with poetry the same way they ask why I remain Catholic. Even as they shrink from both, there is an appreciation of the mysteries and the challenge both represent.  Not my cup of

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Posted in Civil Unions Hawaii, Faith, I BLOG, LGBT Families, Merton, Poetry, Politics and Religion, Uncategorized

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