“Sunday Thoughts”

pill-bottles“With every pill we have prescribed for us we should also be given a creative prayer, a suggested way to correct our destructive patterns of thought.”

–Ernest Holmes

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“I Still Have A Dream”

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

I usually post a photo of Dr. King and one of his eloquent quotes or passages from one of his sermons each year on this date.  I’ve been troubled as of late, because the dream that Dr. King had for all of us was equality and equity and an achieved unity of America, as ONE nation; undivided.  And yet in the past year, our nation has become more divided with less unity;  fueled by a creeping elitism; and racial discord.  Peaceful protests, and people exercising the Freedom of Speech and right to dissent have been met with hatred, and in some cases violence.

Dr. King felt this same way back on December 24th, 1967.  His “I Have A Dream” speech  still reverberated in his followers’ ears, but the nation was violently divided– and that dream seemed far in the distance.

4 young girls were killed when a bomb, set off by members of the Ku Klux Klan, exploded in a Birmingham, Alabama church after that speech.  People were beaten and killed as they led a march from Selma Alabama to Montgomery. 3 civil rights workers were brutally murdered in Mississippi simply because they wanted to register black people to vote.  Nothing short of atrocities were committed against people of color on a daily basis, simply because they wanted equity, equality and respect in a country that espoused freedom and opportunity for all.

In his Christmas Sermon on that day, Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke of his frustration and yet gave his parishioners hope.  Hope- that on the day of peace and love for all people –his dream would still live. In closing, he reiterated positively that, “I still have a dream.”

The video below is audio only. Take the time to listen to that Christmas sermon given 50 years ago.  Maybe it will instill in you, a new hope for the future.

Less than 4 months later, he was shot and killed on April 4, 1968.

Our remembrance and observance of this day lies in carrying that dream forward by resisting the hatred and prideful discrimination of our fellow man on this day and every day.


“I close today by saying I still have a dream, because, you know, you can’t give up in life. If mlkxmasyou lose hope, somehow you lose that vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of all. And so today I still have a dream.”

–Martin Luther King, December 24th, 1967






16th-st-baptist-ch-walesBackground Photo–“The Welsh Window”; Stained Glass by John Petts

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“Sunday Thoughts”


President Barack Obama and family at the Martin Luther King, Jr. monument

“And so we shall have to do more than register and more than vote; we shall have to create leaders who embody virtues we can respect, who have moral and ethical principles we can applaud with enthusiasm. “

–Martin Luther King, Jr., Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?, 1967

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Throw Up Thursday

Remember when my blogging was about my day-to-day activities as well as the occasional specialty article about an interest of mine?  Then, I decided I had to get all specialized, like other for-profit blogs and then it just seemed like I was doing holiday postings and quotes.

On Facebook, they have this thing called “Throwback Thursdays” where people post memories, photos, and old posts from the past.  It seems fitting that if I want to blog about stuff like I used to–then today; a Thursday, would be the right time to start.

But today is more of a “Throw-Up Thursday” than throwback. Yesterday, I came home from work early because I was sick.  A few people at the office were out with the flu, but I didn’t feel bad nor was I experiencing any symptoms, so I figured I had avoided the bug.

worshipping-the-porcelan-thrownThat is, until I ate lunch.  Shortly thereafter, I made a mad dash to the bathroom with wave upon wave of nausea.  I called my son to come after me and I went home.  The “sickness” settled in and I was up all night with unbearable pain and nausea. My body decided that it had no need for any kind of liquid, solid, or gas that might be hanging around in my body.  And due to another chronic ailment I have; I was experiencing chest and back pains after each trip to the bathroom.

The only relief came from a heating pad on my chest alternating with scalding hot showers on my back.  I took three or four showers last night.  I’m sick, but dammit, I’m clean.  I kept my poor wife up until 5:30am this morning.  Between my getting up every 15 minutes and her patient non-stop massage of my back, she was as miserable as I was.

nauseaToday, I slept.  When I woke up, the throwing up had ceased,, but the feeling of “ick” was is still with me. I have managed to drink tea and eat some ramen noodles and miraculously they have stayed in my body with just a little pain,

My regular day off is Friday and I plan to use it to recuperate for most of the day. I do have an appointment with a couple tomorrow night to discuss their upcoming wedding ceremony.  I will be there, by hook or crook. It is planned that I shall play the part of Dumbledore the wedding officiant in their Harry Potter fantasy wedding.  It’s a cool gig. They are a cool couple.

So that’s my Throw-up Thursday. It was not enjoyable. And truly, I hope it’s not that very memorable–except in this blog.

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