Archive | December, 2017

15 real ways to thank black women for carrying the country on their backs.

15 Dec


The original ‘Silence Breaker’ who didn’t make that cover plus more kick-ass black women.

13 Dec

An Unexpected Encounter in a Bar: a Divine or a Chance Meeting?

10 Dec

We are called to go into the highways and byways with compassion and a listening heart. No judgement.

Padre Steve's World...Musings of a Progressive Realist in Wonderland

Friends of Padre Steve’s World,

I’ve been in the military almost 36 1/2 Years and a chaplain for about 25 1/2 of them. I remember when I was in the Texas Army National Guard, our State Chaplain, Colonel John Price pulled me aside and gave me some of the best advice any chaplain has ever given me. He told me that in his experience that chaplains who were not afraid to sit at the bar at the officer’s club or go to other bars often had the opportunity to care for people who would never darken the door of a church or chapel. Over the years I have found that to be true all too often.

This afternoon I went with Judy to our favorite German restaurant, the Bier Garden. We had been working around the house most of the day and the weather was cold a dreary, cloudy with…

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9 Dec

Angels ~~ Beacon of Hope. Needed Worldwide but especially in the USA where we face troubled times. May God send Angels to save America.

Making memories

Kilkenny Castle

The opening picture was taken from Kilkenny Castle window this summer. Its extensive front lawn stretches for about half a mile and blends into the park. I have been there numerous times. Years ago you would see dozens of grey squirrels over there, but someone set traps and killed 75 squirrels just before my other pictures from this blog were taken. On that particular trip I only saw one squirrel munching on peanuts deeper in the park.

I took these pictures on two foggy days in January and November 2010. In January I went to see the Angels – Beacons of Hope exhibition created and coordinated by Dublin based artist Nollaig Fahy, and in November I went there frozen with grief after my friend’s funeral, all hope gone.

You probably won’t find much information about these two events in the internet any more, so I decided to write a few…

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7 Dec

I can’t say it any better. This country is in a bad place.

Serendipity - Seeking Intelligent Life on Earth

“It is a lot harder to get rid of a bad government than to elect one,” said my Tasmanian friend.

It sure is. We  elected Trump — though I take issue with including me as I did not vote for Trump or anyone in his party. Ever. We opened the door and let them in. Getting them out again is going to be one huge mess. I wonder how we will do it, what with all the gerrymandering in the various electoral districts and a broken Electoral College.

First, you get elected.

My father used to remind me — regularly, as if I were otherwise going to forget — that the German people voted for Hitler. He didn’t thug his way into power. He ran for office and they voted for him.

We — as a nation — voted for Trump. Some voted for him out of some bizarre but…

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Thought for the day

7 Dec

Favor. Grace. Mercy.

Lionel Sneed Ministries

Psalms 31:24 “Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord!”

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Healthcare Literacy 101: The Social Determinants of Health #SDOH

5 Dec

Timely and important post

A Patient Voice

I don’t think sustainable is the right word for healthcare.  Healthcare will always be here one way or another.  I think relevant is a better word.  Is our healthcare system designed to have the greatest increase in population health at any given time with whatever resources we have at that time?  To be relevant, I would like to see the pendulum swing far over to education, prevention and health promotions, from where it is now hanging, in diagnosing, treating and extending. We’ve neglected populations at risk. We don’t treat those we don’t care about. We fix we don’t heal. For me, being sustainable is ultimately about being fair.
It will always be a challenge for healthcare to be efficient, there will be pressure on voters to cut taxes but not services until apathy is addressed.  An efficient healthcare produces positive results.  We currently have a health care system where programs…

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