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Christmas Trees Through the Eyes of a Child

Running through the Christmas tree lot
Finn possesses everything you could imagine in his excitement for Christmas: wonder, belief, excitement, joy.
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Freedom for Egypt

Finn on his one-month birthday. (Sorry for the poor camera phone quality; you can't see the color of his ever-changing eyes)
If Finn could speak, I think he might say to the people of Egypt, "Let freedom ring - hear me roar." (That's what his outfit says, "Hear me roar.")

You have roared peacefully. We're all with you, people of Egypt. You have done this for yourselves and for your children. I applaud you; virtually all Americans applaud you. Freedom is a beautiful thing and what every man, women and child deserves.  Read More 

Kahlil Gibran on Children (excerpt)

Finn dreaming his own thoughts at three weeks in the world
"You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you,
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth."
-- Kahlil Gibran (1883-1963)  Read More 

Toni Morrison and How We Treat Our Children

I try not to get into politics or sociology or the like on this blog, but when you write, you observe, and when you observe, you have a point of view.

One point of view with which I agree is that of Toni Morrison, who said:

"Everywhere, everywhere, children are the scorned people of the earth."

Politically, socially, in terms of religion and our overall actions, wouldn't it be wonderful if the first and most important question we (by that I mean all humans, not just Americans) answered, be it about health care or economic policy or war, was: "How will this affect children, most especially those who have the least?"  Read More