PITY THE NATION – by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti is the co-founder of the iconic City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco. Born in 1919, he still goes to work every day.
He wrote this poem in 2007. It is as prescient today as it was then. “Pity The Nation” Pity the nation whose people are sheep, and whose shepherds mislead them. […]

THE INTER-DEPENDENCE OF ALL LIFE

Something to ponder today. The words of Marcus Aurelius ring true for those of us today as we consider the inter-dependence and inter-connectedness of all life. “As a part, you inhere in the Whole. You will vanish into that which gave you birth; or rather, you will be transmuted once more into the creative Reason […]

A Dickens of A Christmas

I’ve come to a point in my life where the simpler the holiday can be, the better I like it. In our family, we’ve gradually been paring down over the past few years the number of gifts we buy and how much we spend. The trips to the mall have gotten fewer and gift cards […]

FASCISM AND THE SOUL OF AMERICA

The descent into fascism doesn’t happen overnight. There are conditions that fester and grow more malignant over long periods of time. As they worsen, those most affected by them begin to look for reasons, for something, someone, some group of people to blame. They look for ways to solve their problems – a bad economy, […]

Moments of Grace

A couple of days ago, I had one of those grace moments. I woke up earlier than usual and decided to take a walk. It was just before dawn as the first light been to chase away the darkness. We live in a suburban area and so very often there’s too much ambient light to […]