“Good company and good discourse are the very sinews of virtue.”

Izaak Walton

Wondrous Soul

In the summer of my sixteenth year, I worked as a Counselor-in-Training at Lutheridge by Arden, North Carolina, where I was blessed to meet one who possessed a wondrous soul. Time and age have not quite clouded my memory.

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The Enemy

Politics is often a dirty game and is more often a much decried and lampooned field. Some bemoan the presence of "professional" politicians - as if that is a recent phenomenon or even a phenomenon. Why have we divided ourselves and our communities so deeply?

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the Antique

A certain sinking feeling slowly came over her. No, that’s not it, not it at all. He has too much sense. He finished his warmed-up coffee and asked for the check. “We’re paying cash this weekend,” she reminded him. “Uh-huh,” he grunted.

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Luther

What is the relevance of Luther, today? With Luther, as with many great historical figures, subsequent generations have re-fashioned a picture of him and the significance of his work to suit their own intellectual, cultural, and political needs and aspirations. Particularly in modern times, Luther is sometimes seen as the archetypal revolutionary protesting against authority.

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"Just" War

There are moral reasons to evaluate any war or war aims, especially before engaging in a war. I thnk neither Augustine nor Luther sought a pretext to “permit” war. I think they looked into scripture to find the answer to the paradox, but both knew how flawed humans, and leaders, are. If so, there would be no war, since only self-defense could justify war.

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Palestine

The toughest international nut to crack, so to speak, has to be that of Palestine. There are two basic explanations of the Palestinian situation. While they both hold germs of truth, these are too easy and have been made even slicker by the blood of thousands of Arab, Palestinian, and Jewish men, women, and children since the end of the First World War.

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The PATRIOT Act

We rely upon our federal law enforcement institutions to legally and specifically identify those individuals who threaten our security and safety and to seek legal surveillance of their activities. A blanket approach whereby all communications or communications metadata of all citizens are open to collection and research without an individual warrant is, for me, inexcusable and, therefore, intolerable.

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Daughter of Union County

“Fiercely independent” best describes her and her mother, Odessa: “sassy” just doesn’t cut it. Her father, Robert Luther, was supposed to inherit his parents’ farm, but Odessa had other ideas. She refused to live anywhere but in the big city. Fortunately, Robert Luther was also a master cabinet maker, so they prospered in the city. But the Great Depression hit early.

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