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Mother of Exiles

“Give my your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” ~Statue of Liberty, 28 Oct 1886

In elementary school, I was taught Lady Liberty stood on our shore welcoming immigrants to join the Great Experiment, to enter the country and become us by immersing themselves in the melting pot that defined the USA, the last bastion of freedom in the known world. It was a great story to whisper into impressionable ears. Unfortunately, this story was a fiction, a fantasy, in today’s parlance, an alternative fact.
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Are You Perpetuating Ignorance?

Those who ignore history tend to become its victims.” ~Carlos Romulo

I was educated in the USA, in quality, private schools. Still, the history in our books was sanitized, devoid of almost any hint of wrongdoing perpetrated by my country against other countries, against its own citizens. It was whitewashed giving the impression that all important world events unfolded from the white palms of Western men. The stories of women were mostly absent as were those of minorities, of South America, of Africa, of Asia except where they were bent to show the superiority of the USA saving the world. It was as if, without the West, nothing worth writing occurred, or if it did, it wasn’t worth noting in our annals of history.
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Hate is Anathema to True Religion

You can safely assume you created God in your own image when it turns out God hates all the same people you do. ~Anne Lamott

Hate is anathema to true religion. It is impossible to follow Buddhism or to claim to love Jesus or be a true devotee of the Abrahamic systems of belief and hate another human. The systems are predicated on a foundation of peace, upon love, especially love for fellow humans. It’s a love that embraces the foreigner as a brother or sister, a love in which there are no ‘illegals’ for all are legitimized by virtue of being God’s children.
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Radiating Heaven (Inspired by Lyrics #11)

I believe in the Kingdom come
Then all the colors will bleed into one
Bleed into one
~U2, I Still Haven’t Found

Many look into the future, the deep future, the after death future and take solace that Heaven will be an existence where all live as one brother/sisterhood. A time when the line diving us and them will blur until there is only we. No separation along country lines, along ideological lines, along political lines. No separation along color lines, along any of the insignificant differences by which we choose division over unity. And it is a choice. My choice. Your choice. Our choice.
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A Wall is a Prison

General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity….Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall! ~Ronald Reagan

I find it startling hypocritical that people who celebrated the tearing down of the Berlin wall as a broad stroke for freedom and one of Ronald Reagan’s most memorable legacies are proponents for building a wall along the Mexican border. And the gall to spin it as freedom preservation – freedom from immigrants, freedom from lost jobs. I am sure many in the Communist, East German government held the same ideology close to their hearts.

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A 50 Year Dream

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I have lived during some of the most tumultuous times in modern US history. Sadly, I was just a child concerned with daunting challenges like trying desperately not to poop my diaper and avoiding girl cooties so was oblivious to many of the events changing the course of history.

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Cleansed But Not Connected

Hallelujah,
Grace like rain falls down on me
Hallelujah,
And all my sins are washed away
~Todd Agnew, Grace Like Rain

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There are times my soul hunger’s, a ravenous beast that can only be quelled by an encounter with God. I prefer these encounters to be in a house of worship. Intellectually, I know an omnipresent God is available anytime, anywhere I chose to prostrate my heart in communion with the almighty. Emotionally, I prefer to meet with God in a house of worship, a cathedral, a temple, a mosque, at the base of God architected red rock formations in the deserts of Utah some place the surroundings keep the presence of God in the forefront of my mind. The more ornate the structure, the deeper I feel the presence of God.

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