Chinese New Year

Today begins the Chinese New Year, a period of spiritual renewal for all who follow this tradition. Unlike Christian Lent, which began two days ago, and Islam’s Ramadan which begins in a few months. Chinese New Year is also a time of celebration. Almost all...

Two spiritual traditions on the same day

Today, February 14, 2018, by a quirk of the calendar, represents two major Christian spiritual traditions. These two spiritual traditions are not limited to nor exclusive to Christianity. Still we can reflect on the Christian traditions and at the same time recognize...

Stereotypes

Some reviewers have indicated that characters in my books are stereotypes, one said blatant stereotypes. What makes a character a stereotype in readers’ views? All characters in my books are people with who I have interacted, not always pleasantly. If they are...

Justice on Martin Luther King day in the U.S.

Today is Martin Luther King day in the US. We are reminded that the Reverend Dr. King was a strong force for justice and change in the US. Dr. King reminded us of the difference between justice and revenge, and abhorred violent revenge as well.  Dr. King strongly...

New Year and terrorism

Happy New Year to all. This is a holiday recognized by almost all, despite spiritual or religious tradition, even though it is based on the Gregorian calendar promulgated by a Christian, a Roman Catholic pope. This past year has been very mixed in terms of peace. In...

Solstice

This week the solstices occur, winter in the northern hemisphere and summer in the southern hemisphere. The solstices are times of celebrations, some religious or spiritual. Others just good times and parties. In the northern hemisphere, legend says that very early...

Hanukkah and Advent

This week is the beginning of Hanukkah for Jewish and Advent for Christians. Both religions ceremonies involve ceremonial lighting of candles. Hanukkah represents dedication for Jewish persons. Advent represents a season of love and peace leading to Christmas, the...

ISIS attacks a mosque in Egypt

The recent attack by self-designated Islamists on a Sufi mosque in Egypt is despicable and to be condemned by any standards. It demonstrates, very sadly that groups who call themselves Islamic are not. The mere fact that they designate themselves as Islamic does not...

Happy Thanksgiving

Tomorrow is; today for some of you in Asia. Thanksgiving is the biggest holiday of the year in the US. There is a very similar holiday in Canada in October. Why is Thanksgiving the biggest holiday in the US? Even bigger than Christmas? Christmas is indeed an important...

Plea bargaining

The latest issue of Economist has an excellent editorial about the use plea bargains in the U.S. judicial system and those of other countries. Do plea bargains really serve justice and favor defendants? Are they used excessively for immigrants and others at the lower...