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April 19, 2015

Why Such Hate?

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Whenever I see an article about an attack on a mosque it just sort of blows me away.

How do people get filled with that kind of hatred?

In my city, Cedar rapids, Iowa, we have the oldest standing mosque in North America. The Mother Mosque is a historical site more than a functioning place of worship. In our infamous flood of 2008, the mosque was badly damaged. But people from all over the community helped to clean up and restore it. There were volunteers from several Christian churches who got involved in this effort.

As for worshiping, we have the Islamic Center of Cedar Rapids for that. This is a very welcoming place, no matter what faith you subscribe to. Again, members from across the community attend special events here. The center also houses a Montessori school for grades K-3 which is open to anyone, regardless of faith. When I was involved with Veterans For Peace, the Islamic Center graciously allowed us to host dinners and speakers there, free of charge.

So it astounds me when I hear of people who hate Muslims so much they would vandalize a mosque. I would feel the same way if it were any place of worship, really. But it seems Muslims are getting the brunt of this sort of crime.

I personally am an agnostic. I am a doubter of God. So, it matters not to me if you worship God or Allah or Vishnu.  I simply  do not care. I think religion is delusional but that is my opinion. I have no inclination to convert anyone to my way of thinking. So, why would I care to vandalize a mosque? Or church or synagogue, for that matter.

People who would do this must be very insecure in their own faith to feel so threatened by another. If your faith in your God is solid, why would the faith of another person bother you so much?

I think some folks are also just plain ignorant. They hate Muslims without even knowing one. To me, that is just twisted. These peopled need professional counseling of some sort, to get over themselves.

Just a few of my thoughts at 3 am.

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April 13, 2015

“Tell me, what is it that you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

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My one “wild and precious life”? I know it is precious. I have never thought of it as being “wild”. This is a concept I must take a serious look at!

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Perhaps this might be, as American author Joan Didion phrases it, a “bankrupt morning” where you wake up, devoid of inspiration for your creative projects.

Learn more about Mary Oliver and see her complete bibliography. Mary Oliver and Percy Photo Mary Oliver and Percy. (Photo 2005 by Rachel Giese Brown.)

In honor of National Poetry Month, I’ve got some inspiration in a very short recommended read from the poet Mary Oliver. In her poem The Summer Day, she mediates on creation and attention, and in so doing, urges us to seize possibility with a beautifully simple question:

Tell me, what is it that you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?
The Summer Day by Mary Oliver

Listen to Mary Oliver read The Summer Day:

And now, Tell me, what is it that you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

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December 14, 2014

Visiting soldier can’t stay in wife’s apartment, landlord says

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Very sad that this family is being treated this way! I would think a bent rule wouldn’t kill the landlord, would it??

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Sergeant William Bolt says his wife's landlord won't let him husband stay at her apartment. Sergeant William Bolt says his wife’s landlord won’t let him husband stay at her apartment.

Central, SC (WHNS) — A soldier returning home for the holidays to see his wife and newborn baby in Central, South Carolina is being kicked out of his wife’s apartment after the landlord said he is overstaying the time allowed for visitors.

Sergeant William Bolt is stationed in Missouri, but his wife has been in Central. She gave birth to their daughter two weeks ago.

Bolt said the landlord at The Groves apartment complex in Central told him he had overstayed, saying visitors are not allowed to stay in the apartments past seven days, per the agreement signed by Bolt’s wife, Lily.

“I’m stationed in Missouri and we haven’t seen each other in six months. What’s the problem with me staying and visiting with my wife?” Bolt said.

The landlord, whose name is…

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April 19, 2013

Give Me Something to Believe In

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Take a line from a song that you love or connect with. Now forget the song, and turn that line into the title or inspiration for your post.

Okay. That is the title of a song by the rock band Poison.-Something to Believe In. Aren’t we all looking for that in some way, especially with all the recent news? Shootings, bombings, continuing war and threats of more war.  It is enough to make a person wonder if any good is left in this world.

There is, and it was confirmed yesterday for me by my little boy. He is six and in the first grade. The school he attends does a great job with a whole lot of  students who are low income or from broken homes or single parents-or all of the above!

Yesterday was the kindergarten/first grade music program. My husband made arrangements to go with me, taking time off from work to attend. But as the program began, something disturbing unfolded there before our eyes. A little boy, in jeans and a white(sort of) T-shirt, standing by our son, started to look the crowd over intently. He searched and searched, then began to cry. Obviously, he was looking for a parent or grandparent-anyone, for God’s sake-to be there watching him. My husband and I saw this and we both nearly cried ourselves!

Suddenly though, our little boy put his arm around his friend to comfort him. Throughout the show, he did this several times and spoke in his ear, smiling. Each time his little friend began to cry again, he showed him a bit of kindness.

I was so proud of my son!

After the show, I made it a point to seek out the  disappointed child and tell him what a super job he did. Then, my husband and I made sure to tell our son what a good and caring thing he had done.

It was heartbreaking but encouraging at the same time. There is hope-a better world can be! It will be created by our children, if we teach them well.

All of this gives me something to believe in!

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September 29, 2012

I remember a pr…

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I remember a preacher who was very passionate about sharing his faith.

One day in a sermon, he repeated the theme, “I have a burden”. It was a burden he chose, to do all he could to better the lives of others. It took him away from home quite often. It took time away from his own family. But it was a calling, one he took very seriously.

I feel that way about waging peace. I want to shout to the world, “What in God’s name are we doing? Why are we killing, instead of growing something good?”

Maybe it is in my blood, my roots.

I am an Iowa farm girl. We grow things here. We are about creating things, not destroying them. We are about planting seeds and hoping something good springs from them.

So, today my burden is to plant the seeds of peace, love and tolerance.

I may not live to see the harvest but I will know it started with me.

September 26, 2012

The Storm

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This is how it feels at times.

It is a storm, raging through my life, my family, my home.

It threatens to swallow me up in its fury.

I cannot run from it.It is too swift and powerful.

So, face it, I must. And I will.

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