Thursday, Sep 18, 2014

Linda Downing

Forewarning offers no guarantees

We think that if we know something in advance, we might prevent, change, or direct its outcome. That will only be true if we act on our knowledge.
Published: 09/12/14

Be-kind advice is hard to swallow

According to More magazine, Gloria Vanderbilt’s favorite piece of advice is: “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.” As the ever-practical Dr. Phil says, “How’s that working out for you?”...
Published: 09/05/14

Be careful about connections

“I see more interconnectedness than separation,” Steve McCurry, world-travelling photographer, says. He has seen it all — from awe-inspiring nature to war zones. Armed with a camera that has telescopic powers, he cannot be accuse...
Published: 08/29/14

Women’s Equality Day recognizes adults

Next Tuesday, Aug. 26, is Women’s Equality Day, marking the 1920 moment when the 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote. It took too long for the U.S. to grant women the first steps toward the equality inherently theirs since humanity...
Published: 08/22/14

Let’s pause for a moment of silence

“Silence is not the absence of something, but the presence of everything,” says Gordon Hempton, founder of One Square Inch of Silence, an independent research project in the Hoh Rain Forest of Olympic National Park. Its website makes th...
Updated: 1 months ago

A sliver of land holds destiny

Isn’t it strange that a sliver of land known as Israel, surrounded by hostility, not only of neighbors but also of the world, is almost daily in the news? Isn’t it strange that the sliver invokes special meetings of the United Nations a...
Updated: 1 months ago

Have we stopped being human?

Once we regard people as commodities, we cease to be human. Since Roe vs. Wade in 1973, America legally solves personal dilemmas and overpopulation by abortion that has now taken some 50 million lives. The courts decided that life—that is, bei...
Updated: 1 months ago

Don’t quit too soon

Sometimes we quit too soon. We have heard that failure builds character, but we’d rather quit while we’re ahead — or behind — as the case may be. The untiring zeal of those who appear to hold the key to our future overwhel...
Updated: 2 months ago

The lost art of thinking

Some of us crave time alone, or do we? What were we thinking, or were we thinking?
Updated: 2 months ago

Freedom demands responsibility

Today marks 238 years since that time in 1776 when “a new nation conceived in liberty” was birthed. In 2014 unity is threatened by issues that would have befuddled the deepest thinkers among our Founding Fathers. Yet, think we must, or ...
Updated: 2 months ago

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