All Blog Posts Tagged ' Belief/Religion' (295)

April 26th – A Green Dilemma, Laughing in Church & What’s Next?

April 26th – A Green Dilemma…: I woke up at 4:30 this morning.  Had to go pee and since the room mates were up and about, I made coffee, got dressed and went out for a smoke.  In the dark morning hour I noticed that there was water running in the gutter along the street.  I…


Added by JMac1949 Today on April 27, 2015 at 8:30am — 16 Comments

1975: Fiction/Reality Edith Piaf Sings at J. Alfred Prufrock’s

"Édith Piaf 914-6440" by Nationaal Archief, Den Haag, Rijksfotoarchief 914-6440.jpg

This is a piece of fiction that explores the symptoms of PTSD as they become manifest in the hubris of suffering... "I hurt worse than you do so don't get…


Added by JMac1949 Memories on April 25, 2015 at 7:00am — 9 Comments

April 22nd – NPR, Another Day in Paradise & Hairless Monkey Butts on the Big Blue Marble

Wednesday, April 22nd …: Here in the lush ‘Burbs of Los Angeles this morning is bright and beautiful… Mockingbirds fill the air with a…


Added by JMac1949 Today on April 22, 2015 at 9:00am — 29 Comments

2015 April 19th – Why I Passed on Church Today

Sunday, April 19th: After two months of being officially retired, it has occurred to me that I need to establish some kind of face to face social network that will get me up and out of my room.  After attending church with…


Added by JMac1949 Today on April 20, 2015 at 7:00am — 17 Comments

Something for my grandfather

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca


I understand why you came

to america

that bleak winter day

southern Italy was…


Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on April 19, 2015 at 10:01am — 4 Comments

Ritual, The Necessary Side of Religion

Last night at the Easter Vigil (at St. Mary’s in Wharton) we saw what religion does best.  Embedded within a way too long ceremony were a Baptism, a Confirmation and a few First Communions.  These sacraments, and the presence of a congregation of witnesses serves to enhance the bonds of individuals to a religious community.

Leaving alone the formal meaning of the three sacraments, or the controversy over whether Christ is really present in the communion wafer (I vote that he is not)…


Added by Terry McKenna on April 5, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

Jesus Christ is Risen Today

Jesus Christ has Risen Today

For those of you who still attend a Christian church, you must have run into the Passion narrative at some point in the last few days.  For Roman Catholics, the long narrative is read at the Palm Sunday at Mass, and for the rest of the week, the Church is alive with ritual (even live re-enactments of Christ’s carrying the cross). 

Christ’s last week of life started with a triumphant entrance into Jerusalem on Sunday (commemorated as Palm Sunday). …


Added by Terry McKenna on April 3, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

Blaise Pascal-Scientist and Philosopher quote for the day.

Among other bon mots of in credible pithiness Blaise Pascal wrote this:

"All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone."

Added by fred hallman on April 2, 2015 at 7:28pm — 4 Comments

Easter & the new gay Jesus

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

“We have no need of a god, each of us is his own.”

Those words were sung in the mid-60s by a 16-year-old folksinger whose debut album shocked the nation with a song (“Society’s Child”) about interracial love. If you guessed Janis Ian, you’re right. 

What most people probably don’t remember is her song “New Christ Cardiac Hero,” also on the same Lp, a declaration that her generation and mine were god-free, carefree and, as Sartre had said,…


Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on March 31, 2015 at 8:24am — 5 Comments

7th graders at the shooting range.

About 5 years ago I went with some friends out into the desert for some target shooting. For the uninitiated a shooting range in the desert is a bleak, dusty, and loud place where the ground is littered with shell casings. Obviously we brought some kids along.

I'm not a fan of shooting. I find it too loud. After a lifetime around guns I'm still nervous around them. Anxious. I shot my first…


Added by sueinaz on March 25, 2015 at 6:00am — 5 Comments

christian hate marches on

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

For those who thought Christianity had joined the 21st Century or at least the 20th, think again. The Inquisition, pogroms and witch burnings may be centuries in the past, but the hatred that sparked those atrocities is alive and well in the hearts of those who believe in the dead carpenter’s son who supposedly walked on water after turning it into wine, or something like that. Consider recent news stories.

One of the premiere Catholic churches…


Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on March 24, 2015 at 7:33am — 91 Comments

Trying To Suppress Magic

First of all, I believe it is important to point out that my spiritual path is guided by the principles of Buddhism. I feel it offers the best foundation for the life I have chosen to embrace while in the temporal world. It will also explain many of the things I am about to reveal.

This story begins when my…


Added by Robert Starkey on March 22, 2015 at 11:51am — 3 Comments

The Moon Will Always Be There.

Yes, the moon.

I realized that as I reacted to the Israeli elections -- where a cornered and scared people have essentially gone to the mattresses. 

Who knows what will happen?  Maybe in 10 years Israel will no longer exist.  Or maybe they will be a super state that carved a new home out of the remains of Syria and Jordan.  

A thousand years from now, who knows?

But the moon will still be there.  

I cherish the moon.…


Added by Terry McKenna on March 18, 2015 at 4:54am — No Comments

Try Looking at the LEGAL ISSUE not at the person

I do not endorse all he's done or said. I don't even endorse all that's been said about him online and elsewhere.

I also do not agree with how he's handled his monetary affairs. Quite frankly (tho' I wasn't there, and can't speak for those involved) I think that he's probably guilty in some way or other.…


Added by Poor Woman on March 14, 2015 at 11:10am — 60 Comments

Water, water everywhere and not a drop.....


Added by fred hallman on March 13, 2015 at 8:30am — 4 Comments

Heaven and Hell Pt 15: Fire with Fire, the Anti-Pope James I, Murakami & Kafka on the Shore

Fire with Fire…:  “I will tell you exactly my next little project, you Ponce,” said Burroughs, “Thanks to your lovely wife and that heroic dose of alchemy - which is some excellent shit by the way - I have had a revelation: We will meet fire with fire,” standing on one foot, he quietly said, “What is…


Added by JMac1949 Today on March 1, 2015 at 7:30pm — 7 Comments

SF archbishop goes after queers again

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone is asking that language be included in the new contracts and handbooks of teachers in four of his church’s schools (including two in San Francisco) to require them to uphold Catholic teachings in the classroom and in their personal lives.

The right-wing archbishop says that this language already exists, he merely wants to “strengthen” it. 

Have no doubt about it, the language is aimed at…


Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on February 25, 2015 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Time for more angry mobs

by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

Activists in Portland are fired up and aren’t going to take it anymore because Mayor Charles Hales has declared war on the city’s homeless encampments, describing them as “lawlessness.”  

According to the Huffington Post, a self proclaimed, non-violent “angry mob” of about 50 (why wasn’t it 5,000?) people marched on Portland City Hall last week carrying torches and pitchforks and setting up a cemetery scene in the surrounding gardens to…


Added by Tommi Avicolli Mecca on February 16, 2015 at 8:04pm — 2 Comments

Good News - "Don't Lose This," Pops Staples' Last Album

Just heard this on NPR and feel the need to pass it on:

Pops Last Recordings

Pops recorded the songs on Don't Lose This back in 1999 (one year before he died), co-producing the initial…


Added by JMac1949 Memories on February 15, 2015 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

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