Sunday Sonnet

William Shakespeare is as well-known for his sonnets as his plays.  Here is Sonnet 138, which addresses the lies that lovers tell one another.  I scanned it from “The Making of a Sonnet: A Norton Anthology”, edited by Edward Hirsch & Eavan Boland.

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Fighting for Truth and Our Political System in 2020: Any Election Can be the Last, or at Least the Last in the Lifetime of the Person Casting the Vote. 

Your Sunday Sermon from Padre Steve … don’t ignore this one!

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I have a policy about Holocaust denial on my site. If someone denies the Holocaust or tries to minimize it I delete their post. That might sound somewhat restrictive, but I will not give them the space on my site to posit their race hatred and justification of genocide in any way shape or form. It used to be that I would spar with them, but I realized that by doing so I gave them a sense of acceptability, and when some proceeded to make physical threats against me for opposing their ideas I realized that I couldn’t go down that road anymore.

That being said, every so often I get comments from Holocaust deniers, as well as Japanese deniers of the Rape of Nanking and other Japanese atrocities in Asia during the 1930s and World War II. The Japanese Nanking deniers are…

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Donald Trump’s Christian America

It also left out the fact that the Puritans & the Pilgrims were kicked out of every place they went to before they got to the New World … because they were intolerant JERKS.

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Donald Trump had some things to say about Christianity and “faith” during his GOP convention acceptance speech on Thursday night. Emily McFarland Miller and Jack Jenkins have it covered at Religion News Service. Here is a taste:

Nearing the end of his speech, Trump returned to the theme of the “great American story.”

That story began with “our American ancestors” sailing across the ocean to “build a new life on a new continent,” the president said.

“They loved their families, they loved their country, and they loved their God,” he said. When opportunity beckoned, they picked up their Bibles, packed up their belongings, climbed into their covered wagons, and set out West for the next adventure.”

What Trump’s version leaves out is the Native American ancestors already living on the continent when European explorers and settlers arrived. It was the Doctrine of Discovery, a series of papal edicts, that…

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Saturday Caturday

Pictures of Bobby

Bobby is one of those cats who never wants to have his picture taken.  He will NOT cooperate … unlike Radar, who’s a ham for the cam.  But here’s two I took just a few minutes ago.

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Bobby loves to be held & hugged & kissed.  But you have to catch him first!  Once you get him, he’ll purr forever when you’re holding him & petting him.  He’s such a sweetie.  He loves the sunshine.  He hates the cold.  He’ll be in front of whatever warm place there is in the winter.

He wakes me up every morning around 3 a.m., meowing like a banshee, complaining that it’s too cold, there’s not enough food in the bowl, the cat box need cleaning out, whatever.  He’s a sweetheart but … ya know.   He’s one of THOSE cats.

Bobby & Radar are best buds.  When I was moving several years ago & I had to think about breaking up my cats (which DID NOT happen), I had people wanting to take Bobby but I knew that I could not break up Bobby & Radar.  They weren’t even litter mates but they together, forever.

Bobby’s a beautiful black cat & I’m so happy to own him.

 

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IOTD …. “🙏🏽 ‘Images of the Day, Remembrance Edition – Victims of Ignorant Hate’ 🙏🏽 …. “!!

It Is What It Is

~~August 28, 2020~~

VICTIMS OF IGNORANT HATE

There’s unrest in KEnosha, Wisconsin and we all know why. A black man, by the name of Jacob Blake was another black victim of police brutality. We have seen that heartbreaking and enraging video.

As a result of the resulting peaceful protests, there were three other victims who fell prey to the twisted thinking of a 17 year old man from another state. He was radicalized by the now open propaganda of white supremacist militias going to ‘protect’ property and people from the ‘bad black people’.

HONORING THESE VICTIMS.

Get to know something about them.

America is sick. That sickness is stoke and exploited by the powers that be!!

A local police chief said that these people wouldn’t be dead or hurt of they had heeded the curfew order. Really? You serious?

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Anthony Huber, 26, was from the Silver Lake community…

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Dutch Sonnet Notes

About the Jez of It

Structure: Octet and sestet
Meter: Decasyllabic or pentameter
Schema: abccbadd exefxf

Example:

Where the Bluebells Grow by Jez Farmer

If I could borrow an hour of your time
Would you then join me where the bluebells grow
So I may hold you in the pale spring light
I want you to grasp me, holding me tight
As your body tells me what our words know
And like the water caressing the lime
Let our passion flow like a babbling brook
As love concedes to the desirous look
And as we kiss may our lips then reveal
The secrets we hold where our souls entwine
No more words as all we can do is feel
Intense interactions never undone
As now we embrace the power we share
The love that brings us together as one

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They Thought They Were Free: the Germans 1933-45 and the GOP 2016-2020

A long read but do please read it.

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As I Continue to follow the rhetoric coming out of the Trumpublican Party at their their Virtual Nuremberg Rally, am re-posting an article about one of the most important books that was published in the years following the Second World War. That book is Milton Mayer’s They Thought They Were Free. 

It is one of the most powerful books I have ever read was Milton Mayer’s “They Thought They Were Free: The Germans 1933-1945.” Mayer was a visiting professor at the University of Frankfurt in the 1950s and lived in a small Hessian town near the city. The book is about the relationships that he built with ten ordinary citizens in the town and how they lived under Nazism and how most saw little wrong with it in the end.

The book is well worth the read and very timely when one compares…

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Harriett Tubman: Warrior, Leader, and Other Women Heroes of the Civil War

A good read from Padre Steve

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Over the past few days I have been going back to the theme of Women’s rights following Centennial of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment. This is important because though the Amendment guaranteed the right of suffrage to women, but the reality remained that Black women were still denied the right to vote in the former Confederate South and many other states.  

So today I am posting a section of the portion of my manuscript “A Great Civil War in an Age of Revolutionary Change” dealing with a most amazing woman, Harriet Tubman. The more I read about her the more I stand I awe. This section was originally a lot less detailed that in is now, and as I go into eliding and revising it for publication since “Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory!” Racism, Religion, Ideology and Politics in the Civil War…

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Saturday Caturday

I’m collecting boxes because I want to move & these small ones are great for organizing paperwork within other boxes.   Of course, Radar had to get right in & make sure they were OK for general use!

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