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Religion

General Conference Reconciles Over LGBTQ Issues

General Conference Reconciles Over LGBTQ Issues

LGBTQ+ clergy now may be ordained and serve without threat of the loss of their ordination. Same sex marriage now is permissible. The homophobic language was struck from the Social Principles, which was the source of the contentious squabble for the past 52 years. The church will be able to focus on evangelism rather than to continue to debate dogma....

Public Policy

Trying to Get a Handle on the Climate Crisis

On the Climate Crisis

The scope of the climate changes taking effect is so vast that it is hard to focus on one aspect of the problem. The world weather is changing so fast that dramatic actions are needed now. The damages and recovery costs are real and not theoretical. Disasters linked to climate and weather extremes have always been part of our Earth’s system. But they are becoming more frequent and intense as the world warms. No continent is left untouched, with heatwaves, droughts, typhoons, and hurricanes causing mass destruction…. 90 per cent of disasters are now classed as weather and climate-related, costing the world economy 520 billion USD each year....

Politics

Digging Into the Dirt of Politics

Digging Into the Dirt of Politics

Unless you have hundreds of people to show up or flash hundreds of dollars in front of them, I’m not sure how much good these “meet your legislators days” do. The real impact is behind doors rather than in public committees, and in secret, regardless of the public access laws. The old saying about watching sausage being made applies to the legislative process. The GOP in the past decade seems to have become more expert at shuffling things around at the last minute to prevent more public discussion in public sessions....

LGBTQ+

Gay Pride Events in North Carolina

Gay Pride Events in NC

There are 23 Pride Events in North Carolina. The first Pride March started in 1981 in Durham on the East Campus of Duke. Beginning in 2000, Pride Events spread to communities outside the Triangle. Of course, everyone had to take a break during the Pandemic. Gay pride events have been disparaged as just a lot of big parties. The balloons and costumes are our way of expressing joy. We are due a time of celebration. Given the long history of discrimination, public events in which the LGBTQ+ people can meet, are major steps in achieving public acceptance and understanding....

Travel

Lake Junaluska NC

Lake Junaluska NC

Lake Junaluska is only 27 miles from Asheville and close to I-40, so it is easily accessible. It is also close to the Blue Ridge Parkway. The lake is comparable to Lake Lure, which also is one of the most scenic areas in the state. Conferences are held year-round, but the summer is the most popular, followed by the fall color season. Several scenic sites and waterfalls are located to the south. It is a convenient location for touring attractions in the surrounding area....

General

Turning Point Documentaries

Turning Point Documentaries

If you want to know the inside story of what happened not only inside the U.S Government, but also inside foreign governments, this is it. I learned so much about history. If you combine the two documentaries, you will have too many episodes to watch during a week. You need to choose one, wait a few weeks, and then do the other. It’s not the issue of lots of hours of TV viewing. It is the dense drama that is presented in a gripping manner that will keep you glued to your seat....