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The Continuing Call – “Come Out!”

I wrote before about one of the great, though perhaps not so well known, heroines from our American past – Abby Kelley Foster . She was a great fighter for civil rights and an end to slavery, and for women’s voting rights, during the Civil War period and beyond. What she is most remembered for […]

Abby Kelley Foster & “Come-Outerism/A Reading

Abby Kelley Foster. Chances are you never heard her name before.  She was an early abolitionist and campaigner for full African-American and women’s rights, and one of the great women of our American past. Her life and struggles and experiences are so applicable to our own turbulent times; and her call to “come out!” is […]

This is Truly the Time of the People

This is truly the time of the people. With unbridled capitalism triumphant, and greed and power the only guidelines now of our national politics and the Republican Party, we are looking at the point at which sooner or later, and much more likely sooner, the mainstays of our morals and economy will come tumbling down […]

Abolitionist Abby Kelley Foster & “Come-outerism”.

  This is Liberty Farm, a National Historic Landmark in Worcester, Massachusetts, where Abby Kelley Foster (1811-1887) lived most of her married life with her husband, Stephen Symonds Foster. Abby Kelley Foster is a name most of us are not familiar with.  She was one of the many extraordinary women from our American past who […]

Abraham Lincoln, the “kids”, and Guns

Stoneman Douglas High School Parkland, Florida _________________ In 1864, President Abraham Lincoln, in a letter to Colonel William F. Elkins near the end of the Civil War, wrote: “We may congratulate ourselves that this cruel war is nearing its end.  It has cost a vast amount of treasure and blood…It has indeed been a trying […]

Trump, The Stock Market, Tax Reform & The American Dream

Our country has reached the apogee of the American Dream. The stock market is roaring, new heights almost weekly.  Tax reform has sent trillions of dollars to the most affluent of our citizens.  Daily, President Donald Trump is releasing all controls on the dammed up flood of investment and money flowing to new oil drilling […]

An American Dream, Come Finally to Fruition

With the passage of the Republican Tax Bill, we are finally brought face to face with the flowering of a vision of life here in America that had been pushing toward the light from a long time ago. It is a dream that has nothing to do with Liberty Bells, or the Statue of Liberty […]

Black & White

Nelson Mandela survived twenty-seven years in a jail cell. Have you spent even one day and night in jail?  Twenty-seven years was truly an eternity. The incomprehensible thing is how he managed to maintain his humanity amid a desert of timelessness. He wielded a heavy hammer for years in the hot blazing South African sun […]

Maybe We Need A New Religion

Sometime ago, I read a report of a young ten-or-eleven year old boy, who, after being exposed to continuing newspaper and television reports about the fighting going on all over the Middle East, involving Christians, Muslims and Jews, remarked: “Maybe we need a new religion.” Certainly, this week’s Senate election in Alabama highlights the relevance […]

America As It Is Unfolding

Donald Trump and his insular, vicious narcissism. The Republican Health Care debacle, an attempt to pass a law that violates the health of tens of millions of Americans – for what? – for power, for prestige, for money, for an empty victory, for blatant ego – and seemingly no one in the corridors of power […]