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Malala Lives

By Peter Molenaar Is it possible that the spirit of a fourteen-year-old Pakistani girl has touched all of us?  Malala Yousafzai faced down death for her cause.  Eventually, a Taliban bullet did crease her skull and traverse her face.  At the time, even this “non-believer” closed his eyes and bowed his head. “Stop burning down our [...]

Paradise Island

By Peter Molenaar While referring to the “Vulture Capitalism” associated with the career of Mr. Mitt Romney, the friendly capitalist, Mr. Warren Buffet said: “There is a real difference between investing and building a company that makes something or provides a service that adds value to the economy, and a barbarian-at-the-gate-style [...]

Obama Family Tree

By Peter Molenaar Did everyone catch the article “Slavery in Obama Family Tree”? I found it fascinating that our President’s African-American aspect stems, certainly not from his Kenyan father, but very likely from his white mother whose ancestry traces back nearly four centuries to a slave named John Punch. Note: The designation [...]

Keep The Door Open

By Peter Molenaar In consequence to May’s column “Mind and Body Unite”, I did catch some flak from the comrades. Hey, can’t a lonely atheist do a little outreach? Well you, Peter, by opening the door to agnosticism have, at the very least, looked upon a “slippery slope”. Decide, please. All right then, I shall open the door even [...]

KEEP THE DOOR OPEN

By Peter Molenaar In consequence to May’s column “Mind and Body Unite”, I did catch some flak from the comrades.  Hey, can’t a lonely atheist do a little outreach? Well you, Peter, by opening the door to agnosticism have, at the very least, looked upon a “slippery slope”.  Decide, please.  All right then, I shall open the door [...]

Mind And Body Unite

By Peter Molenaar After thirty-three years of hard labor in the neighborhood iron foundry, one would expect this writer to have resolved the question surrounding the apparent duality between mind and body.  He certainly has had ample time to think about it with his nose before the grinding wheel. It is a vexing problem.  If after all our [...]

Time Won’t Wait

By Peter Molenaar Gone is the brush pile which housed the winter’s flock of sparrows.  It was a cold day then.  Does the city inspector harbor a mean spirit or merely a sense of duty?  It is warm today.  The sparrows are sampling freshly strewn seed. And so… Will the Occupy Movement return as a visible hub around which broader [...]

Tough Love & Anarchists

by Peter Molenaar Just south of Lake Street and just west of Chicago Avenue, there appears to be a significant block of resistance to the home foreclosure crisis. Bobby Hull, Vietnam War vet and life-long worker, will not be moved. Quite right: face death, pay taxes, pay the Man, have your home equity stripped, bail out the banksters, and then [...]

Smile Back Big Time

By Peter Molenaar January 14th, 2012… Marv Davidov, the world-renowned activist who quietly resided at 2615 Park Avenue, has passed. All of us would do well to “google” his name. The numerous tributes are rich in content. Should you open “The Wild Reed” site you will find him pictured smiling from his death bed. Freedom Rides, [...]

Criticism And Self-Criticism

by Peter Molenaar Yes, the revolutionary process is again unfolding and is, this time around, discernible and understandable even to us “broad masses”.  It is natural, in this context, for the most “gifted” to step forward as “partisans of the people”. It is natural, as well, that a competition for leadership status will develop [...]

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