Etchings in the Sand…

Thoughts and Photos from the Desert…

Monthly Archives: September 2007

Thinking Jesus…

As I read Jesus, he hardly ever answered theological questions, laid down laws or organized folks religiously. He did wonderful things, told great stories, and refused to be poured into legalistic or ecclesiastical boxes.

He set people free, which I think is the ultimate expression of love.

Minorities…

We were watching a baseball game the other night and I realized that I had become blind to racial differences. I never think of whether a player is white or black or yellow or blue. And better than that, the athletes never seem to lean over backward to remind me of their race.

Maybe this is true liberation. We have watched the minority issues rise and fall across the last half century. Women. Gays. Racial minorities. Religious and national minorities. On and on.

The pattern is the same. The issues are raised. People take a stand. Crucifixions happen. We liberals climb on board. Victories start happening. Progress is underway. The future looks bright. Given time and patience and wisdom the problems are slowly resolved and we get on with the next revolution. We forget our differences.

But I think the good things are really being achieved when the minorities grow sufficiently secure to start living the life they have worked and sacrificed so much to achieve.  They get bored, as do the rest of us, from hearing that self-absorption that keeps insisting that it is truly all about them. It’s a great moment when we come to realize that all of us can get on with our lives without the constant reminders that people are different and that is bad. It is, in fact, good.

Can’t Get This Out Of My Mind…

“The man who goes alone can start today.”


Henry David Thoreau

Miracle…

 

Maybe
the burning bush
was just
autumn.

It would have been
enough.

Kathe Davis
America Zen

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Miracle…

Maybe
the burning bush
was just
autumn.

It would have been
enough.

Kathe Davis
America Zen

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Blue Jeans…

Just read a piece in the Times on producing designer blue jeans. There were pictures of workers riveting buttons on and sanding the legs to make them look worn. They also insert ripped holes into the finished product to make them look REALLY worn.

Why can’t folks wear jeans heavily enough on their own to make them not only look worn, but be worn? Authentic blue jeans. Authentic people.

This reminds me of having a president who goes to great lengths to show the world that he is a “cowboy”, when actually he is frightened of horses – and doesn’t ride at all.

I like blue denim and blue jeans! Just seems to me that such a straight-forward material should be allowed to be what it actually is. Let the jeans – and the people – earn the scars, the wrinkles and the rips.