Archive for February, 2012

My favorite all-time Sting song, not only for the beautiful guitar and the melodic harmonica and the soulful singing but the great lyrics that happen to define the shape of my own heart.

He deals the cards as a meditation
And those he plays never suspect
He doesn’t play for the money he wins
He doesn’t play for the respect
He deals the cards to find the answer
The sacred geometry of chance
The hidden law of probable outcome
The numbers lead a dance

I know that the spades are the swords of a soldier
I know that the clubs are weapons of war
I know that diamonds mean money for this art
But that’s not the shape of my heart

He may play the jack of diamonds
He may lay the queen of spades
He may conceal a king in his hand
While the memory of it fades

I know that the spades are the swords of a soldier
I know that the clubs are weapons of war
I know that diamonds mean money for this art
But that’s not the shape of my heart
That’s not the shape, the shape of my heart

And if I told you that I loved you
You’d maybe think there’s something wrong
I’m not a man of too many faces
The mask I wear is one
Those who speak know nothing
And find out to their cost
Like those who curse their luck in too many places
And those who fear are lost

I know that the spades are the swords of a soldier
I know that the clubs are weapons of war
I know that diamonds mean money for this art
But that’s not the shape of my heart
That’s not the shape of my heart

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Today, I am 83, the same age Dr. King would be were he alive. Over time I have increasingly treasured memories from that historic era, and most especially, the privilege of chatting and laughing with Dr. King. Let us be ever grateful that he had the vision, the talent and the courage to lead our nation along the road toward “liberty and justice for all.”

— Rev. Ralph Lord Roy, a white Methodist preacher who was jailed with MLK and many other clergy in Albany, Ga.

Rev. Ralph Roy: On the Front Lines with MLK

Thought this was an interesting remembrance (see link below) of the Civil Rights days from a white preacher who put his life on the line with MLK and others in the civil rights days.

Also thought it interesting that Rev. Roy makes note of Dr. King’s sense of humor and laughter. I’ve talked to a lot of people who knew King well who have have noted note of King’s sense of humor and playfulness–including a retired United Methodist Bishop (Hearne) who attended Boston University with him when they were pursuing their PhD’s.

Martin Luther King Jr. always presented himself as extremely ernest and serious in public since fighting for civil rights was about as serious a cause as there ever was.

Click here for the article by Rev. Roy from the United Methodist Board of Church & Society:

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Every picture tells a story.

So does a chart.

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PICTURED: A bunch of males, who want to lead America back to the glorious 1950s when men were men and women were best seen and not much heard, testifying at a G.O.P. oversight committee hearing in the Capitol of supposedly the most progressive nation in the world.

So it’s come to this?

Birth control is a national issue????

In 2012????

It’s an issue being inflamed to the high heavens mostly by the men of a Catholic Church, no less, that one would think would be some day be humbled by the tsunami of sexual misconduct by male clergy with boys and women all over the world. You would think the Church of Rome would someday arrive at more humility in light of all the ill will felt toward even its mostly good and decent and devoted priests who slug away embodying Christ every day in often terrible or even dangerous conditions.

For more on the world of Catholic credibility, see the daily Catholic news reports still coming out of Ireland on a regular basis, in a nation where the good men of the Anglican churches who wear collars get eyed with suspicion, even spat upon or worse, by people who think they are Catholic priests, so intense is the hatred toward anyone wearing a clergy collar these days.

And now come the Rick Santorums and the American Catholic Bishops, riding in on their high-horses with the winds of the blow-hards of Fox News at their backs, wanting to educate (if not legislate) America about an issue that was never a national issue in America before.

Rick Santorum wants us to believe, to borrow a phrase from a Monty Python movie that many years ago so brilliantly and hilariously lampooned the stubborn and misguided Vatican stance on contraception that leads to the births of countless poor or unwanted children in the world–he wants us to believe that “every sperm is sacred.”

And Rick Santorum is seen as a serious candidate for President of the United States and the leader of the free world.

“Free” being the operative word there.

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Take your perfect peace, perfect rest, in God’s loving arms, great one.

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From the blawg of the adventurous globetrotters Brian and Shannon comes this posting about being in a very different world.

Everywhere Once


The bright colors of Belize City are dulled with age and the buildings show clear signs of neglect. Dogs and bicycles and cars jostle for position with no obvious adherence to any traffic laws. We hear a mixture of rustling palm trees and Creole conversation. Touts pester us as we pass. We’re not in Kansas anymore and it is wonderful.

So often we talk about travel only in terms of seeing and doing. We completely forget about being. There’s something invigorating about being someplace different; really different.

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Pleasure is the floating beauty of a Mozart Andante.

or some mean ol’ Mick Jagger song . . .

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