Tuesday, September 12, 2006


Open Thread. As the young Buddha discovered, along with every great spiritual thinker — the path to enlightenment is the middle. The extreme fringes should not be allowed to dominate politics or world affairs.

From my sister Kathryn: "God bless Ann Richards. She brought so much joy and humor to rough and tumble Texas politics. A true-blue Texas "yellow dog" Democrat (and a patriot.) The LA Times Obit says that in her autobiography she said that her parents put more stock in personality than scholarship. "I learned early on that people liked you if you told stories, if you made them laugh." So true - and she exemplified that with her jovial good spirit and friendliness."

I ran into her years ago with two of her close Texas inner circle friends at a movie theater in Santa Monica, and I went right up to her to say hello as if she were an old friend - said I was from Austin and had of course voted for her and I appreciated everything she represents - really gushed like a fan - and she was charming and friendly and cracked some kind of little joke and was very sweet."

One of the great luminaries - may her light shine on in life and politics forever.

Just heard a caller on Ed Schultz today say "Cheney and the Bush administration prides itself on being strong and wrong." STRONG AND WRONG: the new conservative trademark.

My heart goes out to Ann Nicole Smith. Maybe it's because I have sons, but I am heartbroken over the sudden death of Anna Nicole Smith's beautiful 20-year-old son, Daniel Wayne Smith. I found myself sobbing over this, though I have no particular affinity for Ms. Smith (just a lot of sympathy and compassion.) God Bless Daniel's soul and God bless his mother, who just gave birth to a healthy baby girl three days before the death of her firstborn. No mother ever should suffer losing a child.

As the Native Americans reminded us: "No tree has branches so foolish as to fight among themselves."

We all have built into us the capacities for kindness and creativity and beauty. It's a matter of perspective. As Einstein said, "The single most important decision any of us will ever make is whether or not to believe that the universe is friendly." It's our choice.

SEPTEMBER 11: GOD BLESS THE FALLEN HEROES. Every single one who perished, and all their loved ones, are in our prayers. WE CAN ALL UNITE ON THIS: From Carl of SimplyLeftBehind "I wanted to highlight a really ambitious project that unites blogs from across the political spectrum (even extremists like Michelle Malkin!) to honor those who died on 9/11/01" DCROE We're trying to get the word out worldwide about this, a living memorial to the people who left us. Please spread the word.

For SPIRITUAL SOLUTIONS to the world crises, along with some amazing prayer miracles in the next few weeks, please check out RADICAL PRAYER at my other blog THE PEACEMAKERS* LIGHT OF TRUTH

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"Dear Lydia, I have to share something that my wife said after reading your blog. Without sounding flakey…I’m convinced that my wife is correct and that this goes hand in hand with your statement regarding the next frontier being the center or the middle. We both have a strong internal sense of something impending that is difficult to explain. A feeling that many of us are going to be called to stand out for what is right and rescue the Constitution of the USA so that the country can get back to being a democracy. It seems like while America slept, we were slowly and silently robbed of democracy. The irony is the fact that so many people who call themselves Christian as well as conservative played a big role in America silently surrendering democracy to those who regard the constitution as a mere technicality to work around in order to promote their self-serving agenda’s. Respectfully, Dennis Taylor"

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