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Love Celebrated Daily

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Those who know me, know that I am not a big fan of St. Valentine's Day. Not because I am no longer Catholic, but rather because of the commercialism that surrounds it. Let's face it, people are guilted into sending cards, giving candy, flowers, gifts and going out to eat even if they don't have the money. 

My feeling on this is strong. Don't tell me you love me one day in the year...show me every day. 

Love stagnates when we only recognize it once every 12 months. But, when we share it daily, when we do little kindness that say, "I love you," and when we take the time to "be" with those we love, Love grows, overflows and spreads out into the universe!

So, on the eve of this St. Valentine's Day, may all my family and friends be assured of my Love for them, not because I remembered to say something on this occasion, but because I try to show them daily how much they mean to me. 

Blessings to all!

Comparisons

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In all my training as an educator, writer and minister, I have been taught to use comparisons, metaphor, simile and analogy to help people to see the similarities between things, people or situations. A recent comparison of the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. left me speechless. I sat trying to figure out why the person responsible would even imagine that his comparison would hold water.
Rev. King was an activist, community leader, minister, peacemaker, ally, champion of those who were ignored by the rich and powerful. His words inspired a nation to open their hearts and minds to do what was right. His actions were of a man of the people, not just the rich and famous, but the elderly, the children, the poor.
If I was going to compare anyone to Rev. King, I would choose someone like Omaha elder and veteran, Nathan Phillips, who stood in the face of hate and continued to drum and sing in protest.  Or, I would pick the men and women of Team Rubicon*, who leave their families to tra…