Monthly Archives: August 2015

A Story Which Saved My Life

Mary E. Latela  August  31, 2015 “All sorrows can be coped with if you put them into a story or tell a story about them.”  -Isak Dinesen. There is a story which saved me, so I will tell it here. The story … Continue reading

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Toni Morrison’s Novel for our TIme

God Help the Child by Toni Morrison.  Review by Mary E. Latela @LatelaMary,,  Written spring, 2015, excerpted in Ms. Magazine “Letters” section summer 2015 issue. Morrison says she wanted to separate color from race in her latest creation, … Continue reading

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Sexual Abuse – Reaction at Home

Some excellent and powerful stories about help that is not offered to victims of sexual abuse in big churches and other institutions. Check out, for example, a recent set of articles at HuffPost. Let’s get more intimate. How does a family react … Continue reading

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Our Love/Hate Relationship with Religion

Observations from Mary E. Latela on: The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness (Newly Expanded Paperback Edition) Paperback – April 7, 1998 by Simon Wiesenthal. Skimming a long list on a Twitter search of Religion AND Hatred, I was … Continue reading

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Losing Time

Mary E. Latela August 8, 2015 I moved to Medical Hospital two days after Thanksgiving, Arriving at night, I unpacked, said hi to staff people I knew. My room was near the nurses’ station. On the next afternoon, I asked a … Continue reading

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Should Your College Require the Study of Religion? No way!

Mary E Latela Response to The Top Five Reasons to Study Religion by Gary Laderman, Chair of the Department of Religion, Emory University, updated: 08/03/2015 2:59 pm EDT Reading Gary Laderman’s article about “pitching religion” as a concentration for … Continue reading

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What Am I Doing Here?

Why Am I Here?  Mary E Latela  August 7,  2015 School was my sanctuary – my safe place – and I loved it. I learned how to be sure that my teacher noticed me – no, not by mischief, but … Continue reading

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And They Gave Us Cherry Blossoms

Eyewitness Account of Bombing of Hiroshima – Mary E Latela Father John A. Siemes, preparing to be a Jesuit professor of modern philosophy at Tokyo’s Catholic University, was there in Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945. (Nagasaki was bombed on August 9, … Continue reading

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A Young Black Journalist Committed to Change Has been Killed

Reflection. Mary E. Latela  August 1, 2015 Almost daily, our hometown papers and our national news report murder by guns. No death is unimportant, but the heartbreaking story of a young Black journalist is particularly worthy of note. Frustration, anger, and confusion fill … Continue reading

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