Everyone’s Grandfather

We spent the day at Grandfather Mountain near Linville yesterday.  Beautiful day to walk the “mile-high” bridge, spy a couple hawks, saunter a few trails and visit the wildlife habitat (cougars, bears, otters, eagles). Then gave the opening presentation for “John Muir Day” to introduce Leigh Ann Henion, author of “Phenomenal.”  Great fun to celebrate […]

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Freethinking New Mayor in Belfast

Nuala McAllister.  She’s the new Lord Mayor of Belfast.  This woman should be the voice of future leadership. Here’s how she handled the fake “controversy” of the religious privilege folks who were angry she didn’t have prayer/grace at her recent installation dinner. “She turns the questioning back on me [the reporter] when I tell her […]

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Sikhs and Seculars

Religious illiteracy (ignorance of Religion and religious practice) is best confronted by education, of course, but that education has to begin with meeting real people of various faiths, and protecting their rights with good secular values, such as freedom of religion (to believe or not believe, a human right). This (Daily Show) video is an excellent […]

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Langston Hughes’ “America”

Langston Hughes-America “O, let America be America again— The land that never has been yet— And yet must be—the land where every man is free. The land that’s mine—the poor man’s, Indian’s, Negro’s, ME— Who made America, Whose sweat and blood, whose faith and pain, Whose hand at the foundry, whose plow in the rain, […]

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Nature at the Door

I rarely use photos other than my own, but these four wild neighbors were too fast to catch on film.  We were startled to see the bobcat wander by the door as it looked in at us and moved on.  The bear ran when it saw my black pants hanging to dry.  Might have thought […]

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