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Profiles: Seventeen Exemplary Persons I’d like to meet in Heaven

Posted on Aug 13, 2020 in Featured, Profiles | 0 comments

“In these times when human nature seems darker and weaker than we know it to be, we should remind ourselves of qualities we admire and those people who exemplify them. It seems timely that my profiles now focus on individuals who hold us to a higher standard of decency, who may inspire us.”

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Simone Weil (1909-1943): Sublimity and Affliction

Posted on Dec 4, 2019 in Profiles | 0 comments

Depictions of this women have ranged from the hagiographic to the clinical: to some she was saintly and brilliant and prophetic, to others she was emotionally tortured, self-destructive and made life difficult for those around her. In fact, she possessed all these qualities.

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Walt Whitman: America’s Homer

Posted on Jun 27, 2019 in Articles & Profiles, Profiles | 1 comment

Walt Whitman found in America’s promise a manifestation of human potential, and his age disappointed him as our age disappoints us. I’d like to dine with him in Heaven and he may wear his hat anywhere he likes, inside or out.

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Mary Ann Evans (a.k.a. George Eliot) and the Harvest of Experience

Posted on May 19, 2019 in Articles & Profiles, Profiles | 0 comments

This is the first of two presentations of literary masters from the nineteenth century whose bicentennials are this year. Eliot’s work displays moral vision with a keen sense of the drama of ordinary life.

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Jackie (and Rachel) Robinson: It Takes a Village

Posted on Mar 30, 2019 in Articles & Profiles, Profiles | 1 comment

This winter was the hundredth anniversary of Robinson’s birth. We look at made for a civil rights champion seventy years ago.

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