GoodFriday #blessings to you. This is a very special cross to me. It was given to me by my son as as a child. He picked it out himself. Of all the things he could have given me,this is what he chose. It is said “More is caught than taught ,” in raising children. This represents that my highest value was “caught” by my son. Nothing could make me happier. So grateful that Good Friday wasn’t the end of the story. But on this day it is a comfort that He knows our pain and no pain is without purpose.

Freedom is a questionable commodity currently in the Land of the Free and Home of the brave. Law after law has been put into place year after year impinging on personal freedoms. I address this in my book Blessed Are They That Hunger .

Now there is a new loss of freedom that is even more insidious. Freedom of thought.

Freedom of speech, as we saw during the 2020 election was eliminated by social media fact checkers and censors. They posted disclaimers, blocked posts and banned users that were not in line with the party of choice.

Now there seems to be open propgandists in the media telling us how to think. Questioning or criticizing the government is not allowed.

Perhaps this is why SNL did not do it’s usual cold opening satirizing the current regime. This is a format that goes back decades through several leaders.

This article by CNN is a great example. Do not question any adverse reaction to the vaccine but embrace and welcome it- seems to be the correct thought. Do not question and above all do not reject this process.

My local TV station had another interesting report. Its message was how to cope with the poor system of getting a vaccination. The inability to get an appointment,and long lines forcing the fragile and elderly to weather the elements for hours is not something to question or take action against. You must take action with your negative feelings about it. Your problem is not the system. Your problem is your vaccine jealousy.

The Bible says “Guard your Heart.” Guard against those that want to silence it.

The division in America has reached the point that liberty and Justice for all is in question once again.

I ask whose liberty and Justice is at stake this time?

Unfortunately liberty for one is at the cost of someone else’s. This has always been true throughout history.

The current division can be simplified as the party of virtues against the party of vices. I will leave it to you to determine which is which.

This division is being propagated by the true power behind the parties-the large corporations and industries who fund them. We are merely the pawns they use to manipulate our votes to the party that best serves them.

If we could take a moment to stop our squabbling and realize this, I think we would lay down our arms and join arms instead.

We must join arms against government funding of large corporations including so called private industries that control our communication and how we receive information. We must join arms against tax exemption for special interests and industries. We must reduce corporate political donations or eliminate them altogether.

If we disarm the true enemy of our harmony we can end the division.

I did not expect watching #WonderWoman1984 to be a spiritual experience with a timely message for today.

There is no question that 2020 was a tough year. In the midst of a Global Pandemic that threatened all of Mankind,we not only lost lives but we nearly lost our humanity too.

We had forgotten as Jacob Marley says in Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, “Mankind was my business.”

Yes, there were acts of heroism and love that blossomed as many did make mankind there business. Health Care and first responders, churches, non-profits and everyday people worked to meet the needs of the the financially struggling, the lonely, the sick and the dying.

But there was also an unrest, discord and rebellion that was unleashed by the Pandemic. Worthy protests are mostly remembered by the destruction and loss to the cities where injustice occurred.

The contentious presidential election created a division that threatened life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Where does that leave us now as 2020 comes to an end and with it, hopefully, the end of the Pandemic with new vaccines?

Can we repair the hurt, the hate, and the unrest of this year?

Maybe Wonder Woman 1984 has the answer.

As David Sims of The Atlantic says,”the best way for #humanity to save itself is to embrace selflessness”. https://t.co/IntktptKEl

This was the message of the movie. As the world is about to end each individual must reach within themselves and denounce their own desires for the good of all.

I have been a part of an organization who has this as it’s goal as well. Humilitarian.us states as its creed I’m a #humilitarian”: a personal declaration to join a movement to make decency & humility a more successful political strategy than tribalism & condescension.

Maybe it is to time to put the good of the whole the priority over our individual good.

Maybe it’s time to embrace our humanity for the good of humankind.

Happy #Thanksgiving! What a difference a year makes! I found myself singing There Was Jesus this morning as I scrambled out of the house this morning to go to the local bakery to use their restroom because mine is backed up. Somehow I can praise Him in the storm. Pastor David Jeremiah had a whole sermon on the obedience of Praise. He reminded us of the passage in Habakkuk 3:17,18
Though the fig tree may not blossom,
Nor fruit be on the vines;
Though the labor of the olive may fail,
And the fields yield no food;
Though the flock may be cut off from the fold,
And there be no herd in the stalls—
18 Yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will joy in the God of my salvation.

19 [d]The Lord God is my strength;
He will make my feet like deer’s feet,
And He will make me walk on my high hills.
May you have reason to praise Him this Thanksgiving
And may my toilet get fixed in time for my Thanksgiving dinner. Amen

Something has shifted in the 2020 Presidential Campaign. The mudslinging and vitriol have ended. As I watched the campaign ads this weekend I saw that instead of lambasting their opponents the new ads are touting their own strengths and highlighting their own achievements.

I feel as though the election has gone back in time to a kinder gentler era when decorum was expected in elected officials and campaigning did not resemble a WWW slamdown.

Sadly it took a life threatening disease that infected our president to cause the shift. Regardless it has given me hope. I have hope for a more United America.

Several months ago my friend Robin Koerner came up with a brilliant movement to end the division in America. Today the movement launches.

The movement asks that regardless of political affiliation all Americans wear the banner of Humilitarian.

What is a Humilitarian?

Humilitarian People are Humble

  • There’s something I don’t know, the knowing of which could change everything.
  • I can judge ideas without judging people.
  • The experiences of others are data. I don’t get to ignore them just because they don’t support my principles or beliefs. In fact, I should look for people and data that disagree with my views (just as in science) so that I can move closer to the truth.
  • I should measure my compassion by the good that I do – not the strength of my intentions.
  • When I don’t have all the data, being precise or certain isn’t the same as being right.
  • A moral commitment to improving lives must always be stronger than an ideological commitment to a particular way of doing so.

Humilitarian Interactions are Kind

  • Different people have different moral intuitions. Justice requires that they are understood.
  • Productive discourse depends on respectfully hearing out the other guy, genuinely trying to understand his views and motivations, and representing them as honestly as I can.
  • If I disrespect my opponents, I don’t get to claim that I care more for others than they do.
  • Someone with different principles from mine can be as principled as I.

Humilitarian Politics are Loving

  • The only legitimate ends of politics are people.
  • I dont know better than you what is best for you.
  • “First, Do No Harm”, works in politics, too.
  • The moral burden is on those who would use politics to impose
  • Policies must be tested against human outcomes, and revised if the outcomes aren’t as expected.
  • Politics must be conducted with enough humility to admit and put right unintended
    consequences of policies.
  • Policies shouldn’t target symptoms without understanding causes.

These are the actions and attitudes that I want to emulate. I am a Humilitarian. Will you join me? For more info go to http://www.humilitarian.us

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All those dystopic fantasies that Comic Con San Diego are famous for have become our reality as we all push through the Covid-19 Pandemic.

There is the virus infecting the whole world like all those zombie comics, movies and TV Shows. Those infected do suffer neurological damage but so far not to the extent that they become Zombies. The Walking Dead, Zombieland 1&2,  and World War Z are best left to fantasy, not as much fun when we must live with the ravages of death and illness and the challenges of containment of a true Contagion.

The Spanish Flu pandemic is constantly compared to the current Covid19 pandemic in the news. Any good “Twilight Saga” fan will remember that Edward Cullen was dying from the Spanish Flu when Dr. Carlisle Cullen “changed” him into a vampire.

Civil unrest and government oppression have come to violent confrontations as we live The Hunger Games. Sadly there is a marked increase in real Hunger throughout the world because of the pandemic.

According to http://www.feedingamerica.org the US had up to 12% food insecurity nationwide in 2018. Based on their current research it is projected that it will rise to as much as 34% as a result of the 2020Pandemic.

I explore this and other dystopic realities in my book Blessed Are They that Hunger.

Due to the Coronavirus, San Diego Comic Con was cancelled.  We were given a substitute experience with #SDCCathome2020 with pre-recorded videos of Zoom panels of producers, actors, writers etc. It definitely was not the same high energy experience as the Con IRL but it was comforting to know that the Sci Fi Fantasy genre is moving forward with new episodes and projects to look forward to enjoying during this time of quarantine.

It appears that all these imaginings were perhaps a foretelling in reality. Maybe nerds  are finally being validated.

Day is done. How do you measure how productive your day was?
How many tasks were accomplished on your to do list?
How many products you sold or deals you made?
How many steps you walked or(in my case) laps swum?
What about number of people you helped?
Meaningful connections you made?
Is it measured by how many times you said “I love you” to someone?

This is what the Lord says:

“Let not the wise boast of their wisdom
or the strong boast of their strength
or the rich boast of their riches,
24 but let the one who boasts boast about this:
that they have the understanding to know me,
that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness,
justice and righteousness on earth,
for in these I delight,”
declares the Lord.

Jeremiah 9:23,24
Is the Lord part of your day? Are you listening for His voice in your tasks,your transactions,your exercise,your service and interactions with others?
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I am surprised at the overwhelming support for #georgefloyd. I am surprised because these incidents have been part of the fabric of our American culture for years. For years Americans have looked the other way and the incidents have continued.
Why now? Why are we finally becoming the collective voice across all races, cultures, ages, classes, cities,towns,states, and countries?
Why has this incident hit a collective nerve that is calling so many to action?
I believe that as we shared the assault of the #Covid-19 pandemic across the world we accepted finally our humanity. We accepted our frailty. We accepted our interdependence on one another. We accepted our mortality. We were equalized by the rages of the disease in all of our communities. The rich were susceptible and the poor needed to be protected to protect all.
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 “And why would you worry about your clothing? Look at all the beautiful flowers of the field. They don’t work or toil, and yet not even Solomon in all his splendor was robed in beauty more than one of these!  So if God has clothed the meadow with hay, which is here for such a short time and then dried up and burned, won’t he provide for you the clothes you need—even though you live with such little faith?

Matthew 6:28-30
#lockdown2020
#lesson
I have been trying to figure out why I am being blessed during this #uncertaintime
I realize there are concrete reasons in the economy and the type of service I provide in my Mary Kay business, but today I realized it is more.
It is the uncertainty that has forced me to really live by faith in a way I have never had to before.
Like the old hymn says “I need You every hour.”
Leaning into the Lord has reaped the blessings.
I think though I prayed and in my mind believed, doubt always crept in.
 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. James 1:6-8
My prayer like the Centurion who asked Jesus to heal his child,is “Lord I believe-help thou my unbelief”. Mark 9:24