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Maureen's Musings -- February, 2017

DRAW THE CIRCLE WIDE

From my home office window, I could see him, the boy crouching on the sidewalk, looking intently toward our house. It‘s become commonplace. Walkers, drivers, even bikers, every day numerous people pause to view our yard sign which reads (in Spanish, English, and Arabic), “No matter where you ‘re from, we're glad you're our neighbor.” [Click "Read more..." to continue]

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Maureen's Musings -- January, 2017

Between print, phones, TV, and on, there are no shortage of words – and yet so often it seems that little has been said. Maybe that’s why, when a particular few words have the power to rivet your attention, you find yourself wanting to leap up and shout “YES!” That’s what this is, not a real column, but my chance to share a few things that evoke my YES. [Click "Read more..." to continue]

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Maureen's Musings -- November 2016

It felt like being on the moon, as Peter and I walked on the slopes of Mt. St. Helens. Just a few years previous, that mountain had blown her top, destroying human and animal life, flattening vegetation and buildings for miles, and sharing its ash with the world. As we stepped from our car, we felt that ash drift like talcum around our ankles, rise in the air, enter with our breath. Other than occasional blacked memories of trees, all was grey, grey as far you could see. [Click "Read more..." to continue]

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Maureen's Musings -- September 2016

“Immigrants are Indispensable in Gainesville” (Page F1, Gainesville Sun, 09-11-2016). Immigrants are “the professionals, the business owners and job creators, the hard-working neighbors you meet every day.” (And your minister, who came here from Canada in 1986.) [Click "Read more..." to continue]

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Maureen's Musings -- June 2016 -- When the World Ends

When the world ends, it’s hard to know where to begin. For 49 people, mostly young men, mostly young Latino men, mostly young Latino gay men, the world ended in the wee hours of June 12. For uncounted hundreds, the wounded, the families and friends of all involved, for LGBTQ people everywhere, the fabric of reality was shredded last weekend, and it will never again be the same. [Click "Read more..." to continue]

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