Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Letter to God: About faith

Dear God,
I have lacked faith lately and didn't even know it.
I believe in You, pray, meditate, do volunteer work, read spiritual books that I find extremely helpful and I don't hide from the truth; so I thought I was in faith. 
Lately, I have felt concerned about some issues and when that happens I know it to be my soul's call to action for I can rest inactive when I'm six-feet under. However, nothing I was doing felt "right," not wrong but not quite on "target". 
Even at church last Sunday, I felt angry with those who claim You as their goodie-man, who claim to be Christians because they go to a Christian church, etc., and also act so unchristian.
Can anyone put a claim on God or Christ?
Is just reading a certain holly-book a passage to Christianity?
They attract followers by using lines such as pro-life; however, their stance is capricious and self-serving. Only pro-life-for-some-life for they turn a blind eye to the killings of minorities or poor, they advice to reload to kill whom they label trespassers i.e. "illegals" and "anchor" babies and don't even bat an eyelash for the killings in wars.
It just all feels so plastic.
In need of peace and truth this morning I picked up one of the books you have put in my hands, my ACIM (A Course In Miracles) book and there it was: thank you.
As you know for 29 years, I have read ACIM from the beginning to the end and just gone back to the beginning. Sometimes it takes me over a year, but I have no time set for it and don't make it a routine, just let myself be guided. Anyway, after several days of not reading it, for I am reading The art of Happiness (a great book) my next ACIM chapter started on page 342 on my Text, VII. The Call for Faith.
I was missing the main ingredient in my prayer, writing, etc.: Faith. Not the faith of arrogance because I hold some special place on top of religious belief or at the bottom of redemption but those that faith calls "meek" or to me the "teachable" not the know it all, for one cannot add anything to a full soul.
Note: Here is one place that ACIM page 342, VII. The Call for Faith can be found: http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/A_Course_in_Miracles/Text/Chapter_17

Why are schools failing in America?

Some “blame” educators, others “parents” and “population” even some, such as Republicans, seem to blame “illegals” and of course “minorities” but that usually means “blacks”.  Who and what is to blame stands to be seen but in my not so humble opinion few want to look at the real reasons and those I believe are:

1)    We spend more on incarceration than education
2)    Build more prisons than schools
3)    Spend more on war than peace
4)    Give more than we have
5)    Hire outside the country for the best middle-class jobs or outsource them
6)    Spending for schools is not equitable
7)    Poor districts get a lot less then rich districts
8)    The middle-class is eroding
9)    The wealthy have more say, and options
10) Private schools are only a hook to evangelize
11)  Communities don’t get behind all children
12) The wealthy are ok with having low wage uneducated workers

What do you think are the reasons?

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Monday, September 27, 2010

Ask a Literary Agent

This blog has now reached its one year mark, and I thought it would be convenient for readers to have all the information from year one easily at their fingertips. I have thus assembled all of the questions and answers from year one into a PDF file, so you can conveniently have all of this information in one place, and can read it at your leisure, whether it's on your computer, or on your favorite e-reader. To download, visit:www.lukeman.com/askaliteraryagent.htm

J.K. Rowling to appear on "Oprah" - Air date: Friday, October 1

J.K. Rowling to appear on "Oprah" - Air date: Friday, October 1

Put Elections Back in Voters' Hands

War on privacy

My comment:
Mr. Greenwald, this article and your article on “The Obama administration’s war on privacy” are a just right-wing "bunk" and why you have taken such a destructive position on the Obama administration is questionable.
If President Obama does not take a strong stance on things to do with protecting Americans, from terrorism, at a time of war he is demonized. If he does take a stance on the effects of a war, he did not start, and terrorism not instigated by him he is – according to your articles - a covert tyrant.
We are constantly cautioned by the Republican administration, the t-bagger movement, and bombarded with by Fox, that there is a definite move by our “enemies” to attack us again. Have you read and heard and seen such reports? If not I will be glad to direct you to them. That you are taking a stance towards dividing the Obama administration and acting as if there is nothing that the Obama administration can do to satisfy the media is just another attack by the right-wing media to discredit the President.
You Mr. Greenwald need to take another look at what you are saying. Have you heard the Republican constant threat at the President himself? Have you read on what is happening in the countries we are at war with?
I am frankly fed up with media making a dime ought of not enough and too much.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

What President Obama has done

We must continue our efforts. Here is a site that tells most of what President Obama and his administration with he help of some courageous Republicans have done, spread the word.