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Fun fact: 71% of viewers say watching QuakerSpeak videos has increased their excitement about the Quaker way
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In the June/July issue, Bruce Birchard makes the case to explore new images of God: "We are in need of creative new images or models of God (the Spirit) that will inspire and guide us to adapt a very different way of living on the earth."
We need to adapt models of God that reconnect us to the burning oneness binding everything.
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Courage doesn't always roar.  But quite often, cowardice does.
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The IRS wants your take: Should it tighten regulations for dark money groups? http://propub.ca/1gjudFi @NPR reports.

At ProPublica, Kim Barker explains the proposed guidlines: http://propub.ca/1gjut7h

What do you think? Tell us here, then submit a formal comment at federalregister.gov: http://propub.ca/1gkKnhq
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This morning I got together with a group of friends in our Meetup group, the Greater Philadelphia Thinking Society.  We meet regularly for brunch on Sunday mornings to talk about various topics.  We've taken on some weighty topics in science, philosophy, and the humanities.  This morning, we discussed current events.  All of us offered topics for discussion: Events in the Ukraine, the proposed merger of Comcast and Time-Warner,  and a few others.  One woman who has taken part a few times asked that we discuss street crime in Philadelphia.

When she said that, I groaned inside.  In past meetups, she has made comments that stopped just short of racist, and only on a technicality; her comments revealed the racism lurking just beneath her words.  I knew she raised the issue of street crime to vent racist notions about who is responsible for crime.

I hoped I was wrong.  I hoped that she would hold back voicing open racism, and I thought she would since one of those present was an African American woman.

Unhappily, that didn't stop her.  I saw the shocked looks on the faces of others present when she uttered her ugly comments, and felt my jaw drop when she pushed back at people who challenged her.  She left early, and when she did, I and another woman present took her aside, separately, to confront her. 

She had her rationalizations.  When she'd complained that "the blacks" had offended her, she claimed she was "just making an observation."  When I called her on her comment, "Have you ever seen a white person committing that crime?" she complained that she was being denied her freedom of speech. 

I'm still trying to sort this out, so my writing here will be rambling. 

I'll forget for a moment how wrong her racism is, period.  There is also the matter of her either assuming that a white person wouldn't be offended by her words, or her feeling that if others are offended, she doesn't care.  There is the matter of her uttering racist speech in the presence of an African American woman, with no thought to how painful it must have been for that woman to hear her racist speech.  I find myself wondering if hubris is a trait that accompanies racism the way some genetic traits accompany each other. 



   
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Friends Journal is looking for a new poetry editor! More info here: http://fdsj.nl/poetryeditor. Deadline to apply is September 8. Please share to spread the word.
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Graffiti on a wall in Beirut, Lebanon: "The Ministry of Health warns that thinking leads to dangerous and deadly diseases."
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With digital photography, I can straddle color and black-and-white with ease.  Both have their merits.  Once color photography became easy and affordable, with commercial labs processing the film and prints, black-and-white became a forgotten orphan for casual amateur snapshots.  Black-and-white became the reserve of the art of photography, of serious photographers.

I don't think of myself as a serious photographer, just an amateur who likes to experiment and explore possibilities.  Now that I'm returning to black-and-white, I'm rediscovering its evocative power, especially with digital photography, which lets me see the photo in color, and then recreate it in black-and-white.  

Some photographs lend themselves more to color, others more to black-and-white.  Years ago I took a course in black-and-white photographing, and film and print developing.  I'm rediscovering the impact that grayscale wields.  It's about shapes, shadows, lines, and perspective.  Color, when it's about color, packs a wallop, too, but of a different kind.  Black-and-white resonates with mood and depending on the subject, it can reach the viewer with greater clarity.  

I see this even more forcefully when I view a photograph I've taken in color, convert it to black-and-white, and I view both side by side.  I'm seeing the same scene or the same people, but sensing greatly different essences. 
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The key to peace and stability anywhere is the empowerment of women. 
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Overwhelmingly, it's the right wing, conservative, ultra-rich, corporate, Wall Street crowd that's resorting to secret, anonymous political donations, dark money, and other tactics intended to rig the system.  That's a tacit acknowledgement that they can't win a fair fight.
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  • Drexel University
    standardized patient, 2012 - present
  • Friends Journal
    copyeditor, 2006 - present
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
    standardized patient, 2010 - present
  • Thomas Jefferson University
    standardized patient, 2010 - present
  • University of Pennsylvania
    standardized patient, 2007 - present