Category Archives: humanity

58 People

58 people have died today 58 people have gone away 58 people and now you pray for Las Vegas.   58 people have died today in Las Vegas but it’s everyday in Iraq and it’s everyday in Afghanistan don’t you … Continue reading

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But…They’re Muslims.

What if the Rohingya were Christians? What if they were Jews? What if we didn’t listen to the news and cared about everybody instead? What if we viewed their dead the same as our own? What if villages burning by the … Continue reading

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Turn Up

We turn up the volume on the television to drown out the sounds that we need to ignore to stay sane, like continuous thunder erasing the rain.   We can’t afford to hear the cries and the screams of humanity … Continue reading

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Storms

Exactly twelve years ago I flew into Shreveport, Louisiana and spent the night just outside of Baton Rouge on the floor of a church surrounded by some folks who were fleeing a disaster and others who, like me, were heading right … Continue reading

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Gone

Youth                 gone friends               gone family                gone sanity                 gone religion              gone hope                   gone dreams              gone patience            gone fear                    gone anger                 gone hatred               gone towers               gone smoke               gone 16                      years gone.                It seems              as though            the only                 thing left                   is war.

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But Who…?

I. But who is to blame? The government. But who is to blame? The politicians. But who is to blame? The military. But who is to blame? The police. But who is to blame? Wall Street. But who is to … Continue reading

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The Sun: ode to Japan

06 August 2017   2,272,147,200 seconds ago 37,869,120 minutes ago 631,152 hours ago 26,298 days ago 3,757 weeks ago 864 months ago 72 years ago… the sun fell from the sky over Hiroshima rather, we dropped it. Slightly less time … Continue reading

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