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SERMON: Together In Freedom And Peace

If we reflect on the principles of freedom and peace, we should ask ourselves if these two fundamental ideals reinforce one another?

Must one state precede the other?

We must identify the nature of 'free-being' and examine the parameters of a peaceful world so as to understand the potential relationship between these two 'experiences.'

Freedom, often expressed in terms of "liberty" and "sovereignty," has been a key tenet of Western civilization since the ancient Greeks.
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EDITORIAL: A Questionable Elite within a Social Democracy

Over the course of history people have debated the issue of whether or not an educated "elite" should rule in the place of the majority.

Factions from either side, peaceful and war-like, have competed for their ideology.

In the midst of the continuous maelstrom of both brutality and non-violent protests, we can step back from the front lines of this debate, and seek refuge and insight in the words of scholars and philosophers.

For there lie the sophisticated answers to such questions as: if the majority was to rule, what would the scenario look like? Does a society need highly educated and qualified individuals as the heads of state in order to ensure its stability and, dare we say it, intellectual standards? More...

OPINION: A Change Is Occurring In Pop Music

There is a change occurring in pop music. It is: technology is increasingly allowing artists to perform on their own without backing bands.

Individuals-like Owen Pallet, for example, of the "band" (which is really only him...) Final Fantasy, are doing remarkable things entirely on their own. And, no one seems to miss the rest of the (nonessential?) crew on stage.

This new type of singer-songwriting retains the intimacy and one - to -oneness of the old Joni Mitchel, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan approach to writing and performing, but also has that certain instrumental complexity. More...

GOOD NEWS: Getting To Know The Queen


1. Queen Elizabeth II learned to drive in 1945 when she joined the Army.

2. The Queen was a Girl Guide (1937) and Sea Ranger (1943).

3. Princess Elizabeth traveled on the London Underground for the first time in May 1939 with her governess Marion Crawford and Princess Margaret.

4. The Queen is a keen photographer and enjoys taking photographs of her family. The Duke of York (that's HRH Prince Andrew) is also a keen
photographer and has taken a
number of photographs of The Queen, including an official photograph for Her Majesty's Golden Jubilee in 2002.

5. The Queen was born at 17 Bruton St, London W1 on 21 April 1926.
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nonFICTION: Barnacles and Bedlam, Part 36

I was on my way to the radio shack in search of the misplaced book when one of the crew grabbed me by the arm.

"Hey, Purse," he said. "What about getting me a carton of cigarettes out of the slop chest?"

"I'm in a rush." I exclaimed, trying to break away.

"I'm looking for something for the skipper and he's in a huff."

"It'll only take a minute." was his pleading response. "And I'm desperate."

I decided to humor him and opened the door to the slop chest. But before I could get away, five of the men blocked the entrance, all wanting cigarettes. More...
ADVICE: Dear Angel

My husband and I have had five children and four grandchildren. Two of our children have died, one in infancy and one, recently, as an adult.

The infancy death was for many years a open wound in our lives, the result we are convinced of medical malfeasance. My husband wanted to sue and make everyone pay for his hurt. I just wanted to put it behind me, as I could not bear several years of a protracted lawsuit, hearings, depositions and trials.



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"Courage is like love; it must have hope to nourish it."

Napoleon Bonaparte

"Pay no attention to what the critics say; remember, a statue has never been set up in honor of a critic."

Jean Sibelius

"God answers sharp and sudden on some prayers and thrust the thing we have prayed for in our face, like a gauntlet with a gift in it."

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

"The two bestous things in a sea story: / A hunky man in a hunky dory."

Kingsley-Miller

"In human life there is constant change of fortune; and it is unreasonable to expect an exemption from the common fate. Life itself decays, and all things are daily changing."

Plutarch

"Knowledge is the most democratic source of power."

Alvin Toffler

"I respect faith, but doubt is what gets you an education."

Wilson Mizner

"All human miseries derive from not being able to sit quietly in a room alone."

Blaise Pascal

"To love is to place our happiness in the happiness of another."

Gottfried Wilhelm Von Leibniz

"The gift of friendship is a wonderful thing with the pleasures and delights kind friends bring."

Kingsley-Miller



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