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Audio: Willie Nelson, Family and Friends read “The War Prayer” by Mark Twain

Mark Twain’s “The War Prayer” from the very rare collector’s DVD “Peace” by Willie Nelson, Family and Friends. . “The War Prayer,” a short story or prose poem by Mark … Continue reading

January 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

Video: Leonard Cohen recites “In Flanders Fields”

As the first shots of World War I were fired in the summer of 1914, Canada, as a member of the British Empire, became involved in the fight as well. … Continue reading

January 31, 2016 · 1 Comment

Video: Charlton Heston’s “From my cold dead hands” speech to the NRA

Here’s one of a number of speeches that Charlton Heston delivered at the annual NRA convention. In this video clip, we can see why Heston was so effective as a … Continue reading

January 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Video: Tricksy Little Hobbitses

. Smeagle swears that the ring will be his again until the tricksy little hobbitses take it from his cold dead hand.    

January 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Chris Hedges: The Suicide of the Liberal Church

Paul Tillich wrote that all institutions, including the church, are inherently demonic. Reinhold Niebuhr asserted that no institution could ever achieve the morality of the individual. Institutions, he warned, to … Continue reading

January 29, 2016 · 5 Comments

Laure-Anne Bosselaar: Garage Sale

I sold her bed for a song. A song of yearning like an orphan’s. Or the one knives carve into bread.   But the un-broken bread song too. For the … Continue reading

January 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: Embracing Imperfection

I knew it would happen sooner or later. Now someone is claiming that Mother Teresa was a bitch. I think that we create problems for ourselves when we imagine that … Continue reading

January 28, 2016 · 1 Comment

W.J. Astore: The 2016 Presidential Candidates in a Word

Continuing our election coverage, I thought I’d try to sum up each major candidate with a single word (excluding profanities). I encourage readers to submit your own words for each … Continue reading

January 28, 2016 · 3 Comments

On the Ocean of Dharma

Originally posted on Great Middle Way:
There are many boats on the shore. Some are large and some are small; some are strong, some are feeble; some are beautiful, some are…

January 27, 2016 · 1 Comment

The Vegan Kitchen: Pirate Sauce

Vegans crave savory, satisfying dishes that have the same fullness of flavor and texture that dishes cooked with meat provide. As children, we loved our mothers’ spaghetti and meat sauce … Continue reading

January 27, 2016 · 1 Comment

Video: Everything in Moderation? Even Heart Disease?

Health authorities appear to have taken the patronizing view that the public can’t handle the truth and would rather the science be watered down.

January 27, 2016 · 1 Comment

Chris Hedges: The Mirage of Justice

If you are poor in America, you will almost never go to trial—instead you will be forced to accept a plea deal offered by government prosecutors. If you are poor, … Continue reading

January 26, 2016 · 1 Comment

Fleda Brown: Child Labor

Child labor is desperately sought by both the manufacturers and the starving children. Morality is another one of those words.   Sometimes there’s a haze of words, sometimes a fog. … Continue reading

January 26, 2016 · 1 Comment

Jane Adair: Wishbone

For my own good mother cracks me on the face, sends me into the meaty arms of my stepfather— the one who usually says Stop— but today returns me with … Continue reading

January 25, 2016 · 5 Comments

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