2nd mo. 2017 Blog Posts (19)

When God draws out of the outwardly given things and shines upon the conscience.

A Response to a piece at Transition Quaker: https://transitionquaker.blogspot.com/2017/02/stories-and-values.html?showComment=1488212565150&m=1#c6609527395080306459

It happens that people's meaning, purpose, and identity, are in relation to outward things like occupation, family, country, political and religious ideology and affiliation,…


Added by Keith Saylor on 2nd mo. 27, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

It is time to fish or cut bait

This obscure phrase plays itself out in The Trial of Impeachment of Levi Hubbell, Judge of the Second Judicial Circuit. The trial was held in the Wisconsin Senate in June of 1853. The proceedings allow you to read the debate about the meaning of it being time to fish or cut bait which was, at that time, an unfamiliar phrase. In that context, the somewhat archaic term…


Added by Glenn Morison on 2nd mo. 25, 2017 at 10:33am — No Comments

The Three R's of Unity: Part One - Relationships

Back in the day if you learned the three R's of 'ritin, readin & 'rithmatic you had an education.  If you could read, write, add and subtract you could pretty much handle anything life would throw at you.  That was a much simpler time.  Now you might have to do that in more than one language.  Plus if you can't find your way around a computer don't expect to make much progress on the job.  Inventory?  Bookkeeping?  Sorry!  Adding and subtracting isn't going to do it.  My slide rule from…


Added by James C Schultz on 2nd mo. 25, 2017 at 9:33am — No Comments

If the mountain won't come to Mohammed, then Mohammed will come to the mountain

Although attributed to Mohammed, the Prophet of Islam, by Francis Bacon in a brief essay entitled On Boldness in 1625; the actual phrase can’t be traced directly to Mohammed. Bacon suggests that Mohammed said these words after being unsuccessful in performing the miracle of beckoning a hill to come to him, showed wisdom with these words rather than admitting…


Added by Glenn Morison on 2nd mo. 23, 2017 at 10:42am — 2 Comments

Lead, follow or get out of the way

My father used to use a slightly enlarged version of this phrase. It is commonly attributed to General Patton and when done so. it often begins, “We herd sheep, we drive cattle, [and] we lead people.” Patton’s words also come with more personal wording, “Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way.” While I have no particular reason to doubt its authenticity, I do wonder…


Added by Glenn Morison on 2nd mo. 20, 2017 at 11:30am — 7 Comments

Prophets on the Field of Play

I wrote an article for Western Friend:  https://westernfriend.org/article/prophets-field-play

It's about my experiences as a sporting official and what I've learned from them.  Before you figure that sport and competition aren't part of your life, check out these passages: 

....printed rules are just a starting point. Each sport has its own web of tradition and culture that…


Added by Jay Thatcher on 2nd mo. 17, 2017 at 1:24pm — 12 Comments

Decisions aren't forever

This is another slogan that has some traction in the Twelve Step community. On the surface, it appears to encourage people to be open to changing their minds. As information and circumstances change, so ought decisions. Put in a positive light, this quote says, “keep an open mind.” It also echoes the wisdom of living “one day at a time.” It is a reminder that any…


Added by Glenn Morison on 2nd mo. 16, 2017 at 11:21am — 2 Comments

Psalm 119 - a plain Quaker version

"God –  
let me be silent more clearly,
since I am not hearing well."

inspired by Psalm 119 “Happy are those whose way is perfect ”

(Own translation from a vocal ministry during Meeting for Worship at SYM retreat at Montmirail, Switzerland, February 12, 2017)


Added by Othmar Ferdinand Arnold on 2nd mo. 13, 2017 at 10:01am — No Comments

Seeking God's Guidance

I first encountered the fact of this in the 1960's, when I was flailing through a life already hijacked by God, reframed by mind-striping drugs, immobilized by conflicting ideas and ideals.

In search of a group I might really belong with, I stayed overnight with people who kept the air thick with pot smoke amid the bewildering sounds of a record I'd never heard of: 'The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter,' by the Incredible String Band. Among many intricate, confusing lyrics, one mad…


Added by Forrest Curo on 2nd mo. 11, 2017 at 6:41pm — 35 Comments

If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen

President Harry Truman, who attributed it to his friend General Harry Vaughn, popularized this phrase. It is not limited to cooking, but rather a metaphor for any situation that creates challenge or “heat.” If you are not ready to take on a challenge, there is no sense pretending. Truman intended these words for his staff: if they were not up to the task, they had…


Added by Glenn Morison on 2nd mo. 8, 2017 at 1:01pm — 3 Comments

"The World After Truth," by Winston Davis

In May of 2016, Quaker Universalist Conversations published Winston Davis’ essay “Religion, In a Nutshell.” The following essay was just published on February 5th.

The World After Truth

“You shall know the truth, and the truth will…


Added by Mike Shell on 2nd mo. 7, 2017 at 9:36am — 3 Comments

Between a rock and a hard place

There is no real advice in this phrase. However, the fact that it is used to describe a situation that is very difficult with no apparent solution, implies that it is a reality that all situations have to be reckoned with and therefore, when you are “between a rock and a hard place”, it is better to be honest than in denial of your circumstances. The most literal use of…


Added by Glenn Morison on 2nd mo. 6, 2017 at 9:55am — No Comments

Real ... True Science has no regard for outward political agenda or those who profess political agenda.

As a natural historian who has engaged in scientific study both as a paid researcher and privately, these examples of people (especially in government institutions that are funded with taxpayer money) justifying political policy under the pretense of flawed scientific results based on flawed and manipulated data sets, are always disturbing.

For your consideration:

Exposed: How world leaders were duped into investing billions over manipulated global warming… Continue

Added by Keith Saylor on 2nd mo. 6, 2017 at 9:00am — 15 Comments

We have a choice

One of Stephen Covey's Seven Habits of Highly Effective People is “being proactive.” Another way to put this is to choose rather than accept. So often we say, “I have no choice”, when we actually do have options. We may not like the choices and their foreseen results but there are choices. You have a boss you can't stand? You can choose to quit your job! You…


Added by Glenn Morison on 2nd mo. 4, 2017 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

A Response to Hye Sung Francis

Source: https://hyesungfrancis.com/2017/02/01/this-has-always-been-the-cost/

Some text pulled from "The Christian Quaker ..." written in 1680 by William Rogers, for your consideration and recommendation. Spelling and Usage has not been updated.

We acknowledge that we owe Obedience either Active or Passive unto this Magistracy; and that such obedience is as well grounded in the Light of… Continue

Added by Keith Saylor on 2nd mo. 3, 2017 at 11:30pm — No Comments

On Racism Again

:: stand-up philosophy by Wes Cecil ::

What I wrote on Facebook:

Really enjoyed this, because he's doing philosophy and standup comedy at the same time. Gets my…

Added by Kirby Urner on 2nd mo. 3, 2017 at 6:03pm — No Comments

Choose the lesser of two evils

Cicero, Aristotle, Plutarch and Chaucer and others all said words to this effect. A humorous gloss comes from the movie Klondike Annie where Mae West says when given the choice of two evils, “I'll choose the one I never tried before.”

1 Thessalonians 5:22

Avoid every kind of evil.

abstain from every form of…


Added by Glenn Morison on 2nd mo. 2, 2017 at 10:19am — 6 Comments

A Response to Daniel Wilcox

Source: http://infiniteoceanoflightandlove.blogspot.com/2017/01/in-midst-of-quaker-meeting-fragmentation.html

It is curious to me the author does not recognize the Quaker way wherein those gathered in the sufficiency of the inshining Light in the conscious and conscience are come out of these "types" or forms ("the mystical, the evangelical, the rational,…


Added by Keith Saylor on 2nd mo. 1, 2017 at 4:52pm — 20 Comments

Rediscovering the Teaching of George Fox: The New Worship (lecture four)

Fox repeats this call over and over: “Keep your testimony…for your worship in the spirit and in the truth, that Christ Jesus hath set up” (Works, 8:34); “keep up your testimony in the light, power, and spirit of God, for the worship that Christ set up above sixteen hundred years since, in spirit and in truth…which is a worship that cannot be shaken.” (8:84) This is a testimony that the Quakers had before the peace testimony was formulated in 1660, and I think in Fox’s mind it was the most…


Added by Patricia Dallmann on 2nd mo. 1, 2017 at 1:37pm — 1 Comment

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