Category Archives: Re-evaluating opinion

“We Lay Aside Preconceived Ideas and Listen”

Ann Gaylia O’Barr, author, commenting on “Living Stones” wrote in a note to me: “I know that living and working in the Middle East certainly changed my perspective about Americans and our relationships there.” You can’t visit the people of … Continue reading

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“WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS TO BE SELF-EVIDENT, THAT ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL…”

The newly inaugurated President of the United States yesterday quoted from the timeless Declaration of Independence of 1776. That proclamation continues: …that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the … Continue reading

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“I HAD NO IDEA THIS WAS HAPPENING”

A close friend’s words after viewing videos of ordinary Palestinians telling their personal stories.  Most of us in America have never had the opportunity to learn about their difficult lives of restrictions— travel, resources, water and basic freedoms.  Their pleas … Continue reading

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SO WE IN AMERICA CAN UNDERSTAND

An Israeli soldier speaks on a video.  It’s a heart wrenching story.  Watch one of many of these on “Breaking the Silence.”  Open it by Right clicking and cl. on Open in New Window.   http://www.breakingthesilence.org.il/testimonies/videos/67601 The story speaks for itself.  … Continue reading

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ADMIRING COURAGE

A man in Jerusalem once stood up to the leaders of his day affirming that loving God and one’s neighbor is more important than any religious activity—that the person who does this is not far from the kingdom of God.  … Continue reading

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HEY, LIGHTEN UP! YOU’LL TURN OFF YOUR FRIENDS

Yeah, I know that’s possible.  But you’re supposed to blog about something that’s in your gut.  Something that you care about. Yes, but with the Israeli/Palestinian questions, a lot of people won’t agree with you.  True.  Many won’t.  That’s okay.  … Continue reading

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SO, YOU WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD?

You can’t.  You can’t even change somebody else, only you.  But that somebody or group can change—if they want. What makes you want to change?  Something is not working right in your life or in the world.  A hurt, an … Continue reading

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