(cross-posted at Daily Kos) Our church, and our pastor, are serious about two things: inviting people into the love and acceptance of God, and confronting injustice as the opportunity presents itself. So when Dr. Joseph Phelps of Highland Baptist in Louisville was contacted by the WakeUpWalmart folks and asked to do a short commercial, he … Read more Pastor Speaks Out on Walmart
My older son Griffin just showed me a video made by a guy who recorded himself playing single notes on the drums, then on the piano, then took the whole thing and edited it in such a way that he plays first a drum solo, then a piano and drum duet. The only thing he … Read more This Is Amazing!
I’m doing something new — letting the newly-minted 16-year-old driver try his solo wings to and from school, while I ride the bus. Today is the first time, and so far I like it. Most days I drive him to school, go by Highland Coffee and read the paper, then do a little email and … Read more A Little TARC Blogging (Now with Carbon Reduction!)
(cross-posted from dKos, from a reply down the page) as I stated on another blog, I heard this song by Ray Charles and Gladys Knight on WMNF radio. After the song, the commentator stated,”We will not forget and we will not forgive! It was not the SLOW response, but the NO response!” Heaven help … Read more Ray Charles Truth for NO
I’ve been re-reading an important book in my life, The Courage to Write by Ralph Keyes. The basic premise, of course, is that fear in all its infinite variety is part and parcel of writing, and that the act of writing is itself an act of courage. The corollary to this is that most writers … Read more Courage to Write, Courage to Speak
Let us sing the praises of small joys, of everyday joys, of the little blessings so often missed and ignored: — Of independent coffeehouses, in old buildings with wooden floors, with classical music playing on the CD player and young people with dreadlocks behind the counter. — Of independent bookstores right next door, full to … Read more A Paean to Small Joys