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Just a thought by Judith Martin-Straw

Just A Thought- It’s not team sports

Just A Thought- It’s not team sports

While the national news is still filled with the repercussions of a blue state electing a red senator, I’m completely irritated with the color-coding system.  It is certainly easier than thinking, but I’m just fed up with the idea that politics fit into such neat little categories. Whoever we are, we are more than blue and red. It’s not team sports. It has just been sold to us as such [...]

Just a Thought- Dr. King, Of Course by Judith Martin-Straw

Just a Thought- Dr. King, Of Course by Judith Martin-Straw

The danger if having a national holiday in one’s honor is that there is the risk of being turned into a greeting card, simple, palatable and undemanding. Of all the radical philosophies to come out of the sixties, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s embrace of non-violence is one that continues to offer political inspiration in an age of suicide bombers and extremist philosophies. While most of [...]

Just a Thought- Philosophy Refresher by Judith Martin-Straw

Just a Thought- Philosophy Refresher by Judith Martin-Straw

Mary Daly died at just the right time on January 3 last week. I have been heartbroken and weary with all the funerals I have attended lately, but when I heard that one of my favorite philosophers had left the planet, it was the cue that I needed to pick up her books again and remind myself why she was so inspiring. I first discovered Mary Daly on the shelves of a used bookstore in Long Beach. [...]

Just A Thought- Honesty and Policy

Just A Thought- Honesty and Policy

I think of myself as an honest person. I believe that lying is wrong, and that telling the truth is the best way to go. I recently had a situation where it was brought home to me very clearly that honesty is not always the best idea in every situation and it has made me reconsider the policy itself. “Mommy I can’t breathe.” Four of the most terrifying words in the English language, [...]

Just a Thought- Well Worth the Weight

Just a Thought- Well Worth the Weight

The moment that I am struggling with the fact that it’s too cold to open a window, and it’s dark at five o’clock in the afternoon, the mail carrier shows up with five pounds of baklava. Yep, really, five whole pounds. There is winter, and then there are holidays. It is of course a gift, sent from a thoughtful relative, who wants to sweeten the celebration. As I am the only person around [...]

Just A Thought – It’s a Wonderful Life

Just A Thought – It’s a Wonderful Life

It Really is a Wonderful Life- I always find it fascinating how the stories we are drawn to become our stories. Is it that we already know, at some intuitive level that this plot twist is coming up in our own text? Or that loving the story as much as we do, we find a way to play the role in real life? Think about your favorite novel or your favorite fairy tale, and consider there’s an [...]

Just a Thought- Time is of the Essence

Just a Thought- Time is of the Essence

At the Culver City Council Meeting on Dec. 14, the issue was time. An item on the agenda in regard to clarifying the amount of time that public speakers would be allotted to address the council brought a lot of comments. The need for public comment, the right to free speech, all came very close to home. Is there anything else as important? Isn’t time all we really have? There is something [...]

Just a Thought – Festival of Lights

Just a Thought – Festival of Lights

There isn’t a culture that doesn’t have one. In the deep darkness of winter, the wind grows cold and the sun disappears in mid-afternoon. Our senses crave light as much as they crave warmth. The Hindus celebrate Dwali, Scandinavians celebrate Santa Lucia, and Jews celebrate Hanukkah, pagans celebrate Yule and Christians celebrate Christmas. Perhaps it’s the primal affection for fire as much [...]

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