Itching for a fight

“But if you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao

You ain’t gonna make it with anyone anyhow…”

— John Lennon, “Revolution”

When I first got involved with the Quakers 20-some years ago, and started to learn their history, I was surprised to find that they’ve had their fair share of divisions and actual schisms over the years, some of them quite bitter. One would think that a people devoted to peace would try to avoid such things—but humans are, after all, still humans.

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Losing our future


“Are you well fed? Thank God. Then thank a farmer.” I saw that bumper sticker on the back of a truck recently. The American dream of “working hard and working smart leads to success” no longer applies to our dairy farmers. Drive along any country road in Sullivan, Wayne, Pike, or Orange County and you will see abandoned farms with their fields overgrown with brush and weeds or dotted with housing developments.

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