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Archive for February, 2013

February 14, 2013

Making Peace

When I was a boy growing up in Ohio, my friends and I spent most days in the wooded gorge behind our houses playing war. We didn’t have sophisticated toy guns like today’s kids. In fact, most of us used our baseball bats for pretend rifles as we scaled the slopes of the gorge killing … + read more

February 13, 2013

Thoughts on Violence 2

In the years following the Second World War, years of intoxication and liberation, Albert Camus spoke to his French countryman with thoughtfulness and sobriety. What he said was beautifully captured in a New Yorker article written by Adam Gopnik in April of 2012. Camus was well aware of the debate raging between communists and right … + read more

February 12, 2013

Thoughts on Violence

I call it cruel and maybe the root of all cruelty to know what occurs but not recognize the fact. William Stafford A few years back, I took my oldest son, Joey, to his first professional basketball game. Joey was about ten at the time and really eager to see his hometown Portland Trail Blazers, … + read more



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