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Religion

The Seven Deadly Sins

Morality

Most of us grow up with at least some sense of right and wrong. One definition of the pathological is the inability to know the difference. Of course, those values differ depending upon our cultures and background. Americans seem to be obsessed with sex. That can only be partially blamed on advertising. It is also a reaction to the Puritan restrictions and hypocrisy of the Victorian era of the 19th Century....

Public Policy

The Climate Crisis

Immigration Reform

Immigration has been a controversial political issue in the United States for decades. Several Administrations have tried unsuccessfully to deal with it. The Congress has debated it endlessly and came close to a compromise a few years ago. In fact, our problems are small compared to what’s happening around the world. As of October, 2.75 million undocumented immigrants had tried to cross the southern border....

Politics

Predictions for 2023

Predictions for 2023

I think that I can reasonably predict that the next two years are going to be gridlock both at the national and state level.... With a $6+ billion surplus, it is hard to understand why they continue to play Scrooge. Maybe they just believe that poor people deserve to die, and thus reduce expenditures on the wards of the state....

LGBTQ+

LGBTQ+ Groups

Respect for Marriage Act

The prospects for gay, lesbian, and transgender folks are better than last year, but they still are limited. The law was signed by the President in December. It strikes down the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996, even though that was declared unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court. Basically, the law says that states must reciprocate in recognizing the laws of other states. If a same-sex marriage in legal in one state, then another state must recognize that....

Travel

Edenton NC

Edenton, NC

This colonial town sits at the mouth of the Roanoke River at the Albemarle Sound. Because Edenton was easily accessible, it developed early in the history of the state and was the state capital for 20 years. Tourists are attracted to the 18th & 19th Century public buildings and homes...

General

A carving of the Chinese zodiac on the ceiling of the gate to Kushida Shrine in Fukuoka, Japan

Happy New Year!

Sunday also was the beginning of the year of the Rabbit for the Chinese calendar year 4659. The Chinese also have 12 signs of the Zodiac, but they name them for animals. The Chinese New Year will hold special significance this year after a long period of isolation due to the policy of zero-tolerance of Covid-19...