Archives For February 2016

I had the great privilege once to meet Harry Wu, a Chinese dissident who spent 19 years in a laogai, a “re-education camp.” Wu was eventually exiled to America. He worked nights in a doughnut shop until he could learn English and become the voice for freedom that he is today.

Something he said then still resonates with me. “A barefoot peasant can be happy if he is free.” Happiness and freedom go hand in hand. In “The Grand Inquisitor,” Fyodor Dostoevsky presents what at first seems like a different view. Continue Reading…


Freedom Nobody Can Take Away

February 23, 2016 — 4 Comments

But make no mistake, we will still be free. We will still be able to speak, write, petition, proclaim. The only difference is that, then, doing so will cost us.

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RIP, Harper Lee

February 20, 2016 — 1 Comment

“It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.”

Harper Lee

Joy comes with the sunshine. But marriage is hard work. It isn’t the days of sunshine that keep people together. It’s enduring the climbs, the low points, and the rain together.

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In 1894, a new play opened in on the London stage. Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest addressed social concerns, gender, wealth, and status issues.

The story centers around a character with a questionable beginning. Jack Worthing doesn’t know who his biological parents are. Until he does, he cannot marry the girl of his dreams. His shady secret?

He was found in a train station–having been abandoned. Jack Worthing finally finds his mother–and his worth. Today, social status and parentage aren’t as closely connected as they were for Jack or Oscar Wilde. But the world today is finding no shortage of abandoned children.

In 1993, a federal study said 22,000 US mothers abandoned their infants in hospitals every year. Today, the nation isn’t even keeping track of the numbers. Continue Reading…

“God assumed from the beginning that the wise of the world would view Christians as fools … and he has not been disappointed. … If I have brought any message today, it is this: Have the courage to have your wisdom regarded as stupidity. Be fools for Christ. And have the courage to suffer the contempt of the sophisticated world.” Justice Antonin Scalia (Speech at Living the Catholic Faith conference, 2012.) via The Daily Signal

The death of Justice Antonin Scalia is an enormous loss for America. May his legacy be that we heed his words and let our wisdom be regarded as stupidity.

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Anyone who has seen a sonogram knows it’s a baby. And a daughter with a doting dad in her life has the wonderful advantage of a man who truly cares about her.

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In preparation for my planned blog post today–commentary on the Doritos Super Bowl ad that I will now post later this week–I tweeted, “Buy Doritos. Buy lots and lots of Doritos.”

The response was swift from a fellow Tweeter: “No. Not as long as they consider children to be flavor enhancers.”

We went back and forth a few times exchanging links that allege or deny that PepsiCo produces Soylent Green, food made of humans. I decided that I needed to do more research. Continue Reading…

Those who dehumanize other people do not escape unscathed. They destroy their own humanity in the process.

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Sometimes, life crushes those wings. Crushed spirits can only watch others fly.

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