Dear friends,

Yesterday started the Christian tradition of Lent, 40 days of prayer, reflection and sacrifice aimed at preparing one to celebrate Easter. Growing up Catholic, I have memories of years when I gave up things that mattered very little just to meet the requirement, and years when I attempted sacrifices that made me miserable and cranky until they ended in failure far short of the Easter deadline. Continue reading

Honor Sacred Ground

Dear all,

President Obama’s decision to put a hold on the Keystone XL pipeline from the Alberta Tar Sands has led to a storm of comment. Support for the pipeline from the petroleum industry, bolstered by some labor unions, cites wildly exaggerated numbers of jobs (in the tens or even thousands) during three years of construction. More realistically, a recent report by a Canadian agency cites a more modest 600 jobs generated. Continue reading

No to War with Iran!

Dear friends,

Watching the news, we know we are on the verge of a crisis with Iran. Last Saturday a national demonstration was called and more than 80 cities across the US held rallies to say “No” to war and/or sanctions in Iran. Some demonstrations were large and others not, but in all, thousands stood up against war. Continue reading

Sun or Shadow?

Dear friends,

As I type this, the snow is falling and I learn that the famous Pennsylvania groundhog has predicted 6 more weeks of winter. In the wild, groundhogs can live up to six years, with 2-3 years being the average. They’re subject to predation by practically anything that moves…large hawks, wolves, coyotes, bobcats, bears, foxes, dog and snakes. Continue reading