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Newtown and Us

By Peter Molenaar Among the countless commentaries written in the aftermath of the Newtown tragedy there was an anomaly. The author advised that we not pursue empathy toward the parents. Any such attempt to connect with that moment of anguish and the extended grief would fall woefully short. Allow me to disagree slightly with this [...]

Basilica and Savita

by Peter Molenaar Readers of this column might know that the realm of philosophy is divided into two camps, i.e. idealism and materialism.  Idealists believe the universe was preconceived and then created, whereas materialists believe the universe has always existed and that consciousness is the product of material evolution. So [...]

“Real Americans Vote” Who are the real Americans?

I saw a yard sign in the Seward Neighborhood, it said, “Real Americans Vote” – no, that is not correct, most real Americans do not vote, most Native Americans do not vote, and they are the “real Americans”. When I tell people I have not voted in over five years, and I’m proud of it—they are disgusted, shocked, but if I was not a [...]

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 [...]

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