December 2008

The Twinkle in Her Eye

Continuing my conversation with Bradley James and his time spent with Mother Teresa.  Bradley talks about a side of Mother that most people never saw. “People always ask me what she was like.

“We know her as this Nobel Laureate, but what she did … Read More

My Time With Mother

Although faith is not an ethical value, its importance in driving ethical conduct should not be underestimated. In fact, the word faith comes from the Latin fidere meaning ‘to trust.’

According to the Dictionary of Philosophy and Religion, “Faith is an attitude or belief … Read More

The Greatest of Virtues

An economy in crisis, rising unemployment, mounting foreclosures, once trusted financial institutions and respected individuals involved in fraud and malfeasance by elected officials.

In such perilous and unprincipled times, it can be difficult to find gratitude much less express gratitude in our daily lives.  And … Read More

A Christmas Story

Much of the time we tend to think of compassion in terms of the extraordinary moments, events which seem removed from our daily perspective. The Dalai Lama’s story of a Tibetan monk’s compassion towards his Chinese jailers is one example. However, not long ago, I … Read More

How to Improve the World

Tenzin Gyatso is the fourteenth Dalai Lama of Tibet. He is both head of state (in exile) and the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. He is admired and esteemed worldwide as a man who has championed policies of nonviolence.

His consistent compassionate nonviolence, even … Read More

The $50 Billion Lie

“I spent some time… further improving my analysis on why Madoff Investment Securities LLC is likely a Ponzi Scheme… The entire report ties in to Fairfield Sentry Ltd., a third party hedge fund that has over $5 billion invested in Madoff Investment Securities, LLC.”

– … Read More

Be Careful What You Pitch For

“I am in this race to tell the corporate lobbyists that their days of setting the agenda in Washington are over. I have done more than any other candidate in this race to take on lobbyists — and won. They have not funded my campaign, Read More

On October 31, 2004, on the eve of the presidential election, Reverend George Regas stood in the pulpit at All Saint’s Church in Pasadena, California where he had been the rector for 28 years and delivered a sermon. His homily was an imaginary conversation between … Read More

Blago Won’t Lego

What will it take for some people to get the message? In the case of Illinois Democratic Governor Rod Blagojevich when U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald (he’s the guy that succeeded in convicting former Vice-Presidential aid “Scooter” Libby) comes knocking on your door, the news can’t … Read More

Digging deeper into the write-in responses from the Capps/Zogby Poll entitled, What Americans Expect from the Next President and Congress, I was struck by the direct, sometimes blunt language and emotion from Americans.

In response to what qualities the country needs most from the … Read More