Category: News & Politics

President Trump is a Buddha Helping Me on the Path Toward Enlightenment

  By Alex Chong Do Thompson   My jaw clenches as I read the headline, “White House Says Cutting Meals On Wheels Is Compassionate.” A fire burns in my chest as I continue reading, and soon it feels like I can barely breathe. “So we can spend 14 billion on a wall, but we can’t feed old people,” I scream at my laptop. My breathing becomes rapid and adrenaline pulses through my muscles. I want to punch something. I want to burn things down. Angrily, I standup and begin pacing around the room. Cursing under my breath, I imagine...

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The Necessity for Peace, Love & Understanding…Right Now

  By J. G. Lewis   *The recent attack in the U.K. (which one?) got me thinking (again) of a piece I wrote less than a year ago. Sadly, nothing much has changed…and the song plays on. It’s one of those songs that rushes through my head in times of strife, or disappointment, or when my wholly humble heart can hold no more. Recorded in the ‘70s by Elvis Costello & The Attractions, the song title immediately rings out when the absurdity of this crazy cruel planet becomes so obvious. “What’s so funny ‘bout peace, love and understanding.” We...

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Media, Electronics & Other Weapons of Mass Distraction

  By Tanya Tiger I fear we are quickly becoming a nation of distracted consumers. I won’t generalize by saying we all get caught up in television shows, social media, or stare endlessly at our smartphones, but I believe that many of us fall into this trap. I can’t remember the last time I went hiking and didn’t see numerous people texting or talking on their phones while on the trails—completely distracted by the glowing device in their hand—they miss the point of being out in nature. My internal dialogue sounds something like this, “Yes, you’re out in the...

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Losing Integrity One Inch at a Time

  By Carmelene Melanie Siani Sometimes we sit across the table from someone to have a simple lunch and, without us expecting it, they become one of our most memorable teachers. Way back in the 1990’s I had the opportunity to meet such a person when he contacted me about making a donation to the hospital where I was employed. “PR” was a genial man, noticeably gracious and well-spoken who’d recently resigned from his high level position as a Department Secretary for the Federal Government. I liked him and was comfortable around him. In my role as Director of Development, I’d...

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I’m Right, You’re Wrong: Buddhism & Right Thinking

  By Gerald “Strib” Stribling   My first car was a 1964 Chevrolet Impala. It was a dandy. I loaned it to my fiancee in the summer of 1972 (she wrecked it), but until then it was parked outside my barracks and used only for road trips and occasional runs into the movie theater in town when they had “skin-flick Fridays” at midnight. Once, I had a contingent of three other Marines in the Chevy, headed from our duty station for a five-day liberty to Louisville and southern Indiana, to see our families and girlfriends. It was after one...

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