A Valentine: Yearning And Learning From Love by William Klein

It’s Valentine’s Day weekend.  As I consider the idea of love, I consider those who have loved and lost, and have let this holiday preoccupy themselves with what they are missing. It’s easy to do this.  We go back to the beautiful times we spent when we were committed to someone and reflect on those … Continue reading A Valentine: Yearning And Learning From Love by William Klein

Desk 88: A Progressive History Lesson For Our Times by William Klein

Reading Senator Sherrod Brown’s book about progressives inspires greater thoughts about our times. “Desk 88” is a powerful and potent historical document for our times. Implicit in the writing of this book is the idea that we assess the intentions of a lawmaker not by just what he says, but by what he does. Senator … Continue reading Desk 88: A Progressive History Lesson For Our Times by William Klein

The Idolatry Of Power by William Klein

The day of the historic impeachment of President Trump, congressman Barry Loudermilk of Georgia equated it with Jesus’ trial with Pontius Pilate. Loudermilk said the following for the Congressional Record: “Before you take this historic vote today, one week before Christmas, I want you to keep this in mind: When Jesus was falsely accused of … Continue reading The Idolatry Of Power by William Klein

A Daily Reminder For The New Year by William Klein

“You are what you desire”. This is a great insight.  It is a popular thought in Eastern thinking, particularly in Buddhist thought.  This desire creates suffering and if it is not satisfied, the desire is even greater, which more often than not leads to greater discontent. I’m reminded of the old adage, “Chase the world … Continue reading A Daily Reminder For The New Year by William Klein

“Wisdom of Magi” by William Klein

Little is known about the three “Magi” who pay the “Holy Family” a visit in scripture.  They are an integral part of the story in Matthew’s account and tell the story of encountering Herod on their journey following a star from the East to find the baby. In Bethlehem there are graves that date back … Continue reading “Wisdom of Magi” by William Klein

“You Turns and Climbing the Christmas Hill” by William Klein

Classroom doors decorated with tinsel and Christmas chintz, secret Santas bring gifts of socks and simple delights like booze and cookies to tickle the heart to new heights while Christmas lights adorn classrooms and blowup Frostys gleefully wave in the season. Teachers agree it’s that time in the semester where we can see the top … Continue reading “You Turns and Climbing the Christmas Hill” by William Klein

The Gift Of A Kind Intention by William Klein

My foray into service learning has reaped tremendous rewards. I’ve been exposed to the power of intention behind words. St. Francis said, “Teach the gospels and if necessary use words”. Francis knew the power of action to speak louder than words. My sense is that the intention behind the action makes all the difference. I’ve … Continue reading The Gift Of A Kind Intention by William Klein