Questions, lists and an ancient blessing

David Chartrand

David Chartrand

Glaring non-participants in the push for community mental health care reform: Local pastors and senior church leaders.  Perhaps it’s time to ask what Jesus would do …?
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History in the making as Republicans advance the theory that a glitched website is grounds for removal from public office.
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Congress wants heads to roll for the glitches plaguing the new health insurance websites.  Nothing mentioned, yet, about the Top 5 worst practitioners of Internet customer service:  (1) Banks (2) Hospitals (3) Credit Cards (4) Apple iTunes Store (5) Facebook.
  You have your list; I have mine.
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Business-political jargon that has forever reduced spoken English to the level of mating cicadas:  leverage, transparency, matrix, positioning, ramping up, ramping down, synergy, vesting, viability, best practices, bandwidth, bring to the table, dialogue (as a verb), face time, Facebook, incent (as a verb), monetize, sustainability, sequester, family values, Christian values, valued added, spin doctor, spin zone, Spin & Marty, mandate, conspiracy, the framers, the farmers, any campaign beginning with “The War On …” ,  “going forward,”  baseline, bottom line, toe the line, party line, stakeholders, “drill down,” PAC, super, awesome, beta and meta, market forces, strategic, thinking outside the box, sweat equity, the customer is always right,  too much on the plate, too many balls in the air, escalate, matriculate, sacred cow, holy cow, soft pedal, pedal to the medal, scandals given names that end in “—gate” and any explanation that begins with “to the best of my understanding.”
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Just saw “Gravity.” Good flick but not Oscar stuff. Too many FX, too little story.  Check out “Upstream Color” and “Before Midnight.”
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Good movies remind us how bad we hated the worst movies of all time. My list includes Kris Kristofferson version of “Heaven’s Gate” (1980); Mark Wahlberg’s “The Happening” (2008); “White Chicks (2004, cast of forgettables); “Gigi” (2003, Ben Affleck and J-Lopez), and all the sequels to the original “Jaws” (1975).
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Am riveted to the local daily’s investigation of the Daisy Coleman sexual assault case. Great work on the Daisy story. Renews my faith in the relevance of local journalism.
 The story also demonstrates how political elections of local judges can go terribly wrong.
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Curiosity and skepticism are not vices. They are stimulants, deterring us from smugness and bias.
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“A writer keeps surprising himself. He doesn’t know what he is saying until he sees it on the page” — Thomas Williams, novelist (1926-1990)
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Alleged excerpt from alleged ancient benediction written by alleged Franciscans:
“May God bless you with discomfort
at easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships,
so that you may live deep within your heart.
May God bless you with anger
at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people,
so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.
May God bless you with tears
to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation and war,
so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them
and turn their pain into joy.
And may God bless you with enough foolishness
to believe that you can make a difference in this world,
so that you can do what others claim cannot be done.”

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