A question of citizenship, Part 2

Following on Part 1 — what then about this image of Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills of South Dakota, with four native chiefs superimposed above it?  The Lakota / Dakota tribes were violently removed from their land when the U.S. government decided it was time to break the treaties because gold had been found in them thar Black Hills.  But I wasn’t interested in belaboring the old massacres and injustices.  I was actually looking Continue reading “A question of citizenship, Part 2”

A question of citizenship, Part 1

I enjoy freedom. Freedom to think without penalty, to express without being judged by the law, to follow God without condemnation from religious laws, freedom to choose my friends and to reach out to them. I don’t know about you but in my life these freedoms did not come easily or automatically, and not without consequences.  But the older I get the more I enjoy a free life. Continue reading “A question of citizenship, Part 1”

A few thoughts

A few thoughts as our neighbor to the south prepares to hand over the presidency to what is surely a clever and also troubled man.  I assure you, these are not political thoughts but just a few observations on some all-too-typical human situations.  The president who is leaving after two terms was, and is, an imperfect human, as we all are, but he spoke of hope and grace, including a divine hope and grace, to a distressed and divided nation.  In other words, he did what he could, in his talented but fallible way, in Continue reading “A few thoughts”