Faith, Life, Blessings, and Joy

“We find our places, stay where we’re needed and do the best we can. The rest is commentary.”

“Faith is a passionate intuition.”

Faith need not be blind.
Libraries provide peace-justice
thousands of years
of human history
for our examination.

Art in spiderwebs,
flowers and oceans
of mystery surround.

There is no need to
explain beauty,
unravel mystery,
or translate wisdom.

We are finite creatures.
It is reasonable to assume
that infinite mysteries remain
forever beyond our ken.

We can observe the human condition and come to various conclusions.  But rather than rainy-day-readingattempt to explain the incommensurable, we can embrace mystery, love life and savor the joys, sorrows, celebrations, resignations, adventures, dark clouds and silver linings.

The blessings we bestow upon one another (a touch, a hug or a few gentle words) are more precious than worship, prayer, angry gods, heaven, devils, hell, demons, eternal life or myriad and multiplicitous prognostications.

Sometimes simple faith in a personal god provides a sufficient reservoir of trust for people to spring into action. Others embrace mystery, with joy, and carry on.


Notions about  “eternal life” contradicting science or science contradicting experience seem over the top.  Under human conditions the past is gone, the future awaits and essential moments matter.

So we find our places, peacedovemiddle
stay where we’re needed
and do the best we can.


Life is fine,  not to worry, we are living in a sea of joy.

Peace,  Tim Flanagan,

“I’ll let you be in my dreams
if I can be in yours”
Bob Dylan,




“Some people are so afraid
they cannot find the courage
to debunk the junk and face facts.
And many don’t want to know truths which may be too terrible to bear.”


You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.”
Louise Erdrich


“I feel no need for any other faith than my faith in the kindness of human beings. I am so absorbed in the wonder of earth and the life upon it that I cannot think of
heaven and angels.”
Pearl S. Buck


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Long past time to raise wages!

“if the minimum wage had simply tracked productivity gains since 1968, it would be $21.72 an hour — three times what it is now…Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour would inject about $450 billion into the economy each year.”

When the minimum wage is below the poverty level, people ARE forced to take low-paying jobs. These ARE NOT “entry-level” positions. People receiving minimum wages are more often than not supporting families and barely surviving. These starvation wages have nothing to do with “new-workers.” They are about starving the poor to provide corporate welfare.

15Allowing rich corporations to exploit hard-working people is flat wrong. And the unscrupulous firms who pay starvation wages while giving their CEOs billions of dollars in stock options and benefits… cannot be allowed to continue. This crude exploitation is untenable and has already crippled this nation.

raiseWhat we need is a minimum wage which delivers what our legislators intended to deliver when such a wage was first enacted.

“On Saturday, June 25, 1938, to avoid pocket vetoes 9 days after Congress had adjourned, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed 121 bills. Among these bills was a landmark law in the Nation’s social and economic development
— Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA).


Against a history of judicial opposition, the depression-born FLSA had survived, not unscathed, more than a year of Congressional altercation. In its final form, the act applied to industries whose combined employment represented only about one-fifth of the labor force. In these industries, it banned oppressive child labor and set the minimum hourly wage at 25 cents, and the maximum workweek at 44 resisthours. Forty years later, a distinguished news commentator asked incredulously: “My God! 25 cents an hour! Why all the fuss?” President Roosevelt expressed a similar sentiment in a “fireside chat” the night before the signing. He warned: “Do not let any calamity-howling executive with an income of $1,000 a day, …tell you…that a wage of $11 a week is going to have a disastrous effect on all American industry.”2 In light of the social legislation of 1978, Americans today may be astonished that a law with such moderate standards could have been thought so revolutionary.

And if the minimum wage had simply tracked productivity gains since 1968, it would be $21.72 an hour — three times what it is now…”

Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour would inject about $450 billion into the economy each year. That would give more purchasing power to millions of poor and lower-middle-class Americans, and would stimulate buying, production and hiring.!

Anyone who refuses to pay employees $15 an hour should not be in business.

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