Tag Archives: life

Lies, Bad Language, Body-Slamming

Reflection by Mary E. Latela The “innocent by-standers” who would not speak, went along with the notion that after all the votes were counted, life would be better. They forgot or erased what they had seen and heard prior to … Continue reading

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A Fearless Heart by Thupten Junpa

Thupten Jinpa’s A Fearless Heart: How the Courage to be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives. Reviewed by Mary E. Latela, M.Div., May 19, 2017 If you’ve ever viewed His Holiness the Dalai Lama giving a lesson on Buddhism, compassion, or science, … Continue reading

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From the Left

FIRST THOUGHTS Wednesday January 11, 2017 by Mary E. Latela I recall that Julia Cameron suggested a morning exercise of about 10 minutes of free writing. As I woke up, so many thoughts blossomed. I am captivated by the story … Continue reading

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A Child Comes to Us

Reflection by Mary E. Latela, December 25, 2016 Christmas is full of paradoxes. A baby is born of a poor couple, far from home, in the bustle of a registration or census. Bethlehem is the city of the family of … Continue reading

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Already; Not Yet

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Reflection by Mary E. Latela, December 24, 2016 It is Christmas Eve, 2016, and I have just returned from a candlelight Service with Pastor Bradford Bray preaching a stunning sermon on the birth of Jesus, and how that is a sign of … Continue reading

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A Pearl More Precious

A Pearl More  Precious.  Reflection by Mary E. Latela. December, 2016 Seventy-five years ago, on December 7th, Pearl Harbor was attacked by Japanese forces. Tonight, I watched “Tora!Tora!Tora!” again. I know the history and the shock of being attacked with … Continue reading

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A Good Man ~ John Herschel Glenn

A Good Man. Reflection by Mary E. Latela, December 9, 2016 Poets, politicians, scientists, adventurers, cobblers, tinkers – are the stronghold upon which we build our hopes and dreams. Ralph Waldo Emerson would have recognized him,  would have been proud … Continue reading

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Trump & his ‘extra-constitutional’ view of the Presidency

Reflection by Mary E. Latela, December 3, 2016. Some days ago, I wrote about democracy and in particular about the need for honesty and integrity as signposts to keep us on the straight and narrow path of justice. I thought … Continue reading

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The Fear of Being Unneeded

Dalai Lama: Behind Our Anxiety, the Fear of Being Unneeded By H.H. The Dalai Lama and ARTHUR C. BROOKS NOV. 4, 2016 NYTimes OpEd This elegant op-ed piece is like a strong tonic, needed to build up the rather dismal attitude … Continue reading

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A Mother’s Voice

A Mother’s Voice Reflection by Mary E. Latela, 11/20/2016 Many of us who have given birth have a feeling that baby knows us, knows the sound of our voice, before birth. As a corollary, we find that we can discern … Continue reading

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