For Liberals, Tolerance Only Goes One Way

The United Church of Christ (Congregational) in nearly the most liberal denomination of (so-called) Christianity.  Yesterday, when I was driving to an appointment in Issaquah, a wealthy suburb of Seattle, I passed a Congregational Church.  On its reader-board was a three-word statement.  It said: Muslims Welcome Here I'm betting that the local mosque would never …

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Out-of-the-ordinary Christmas music

I am a Jew who loves Christmas music.  All year round, my internal tape has carols playing.  Since 1991, I have collected CDs of unusual Christmas music.  I try to buy something new each year, and I have accumulated quite a collection of those outdated compact discs.  My collection ranges from medieval and Renaissance music, …

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Gathering

This gathering happens six times every year, the first three weekends in December, in the town of Leavenworth, Washington.  Leavenworth is "Washington's Bavarian Village", and right at dusk on Friday and Saturday nights, the Tree Lighting happens.  Hundreds of visitors literally hold their breath, waiting for the switch that turns the town into a winter …

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A Momentous Decision…And No Regrets

In 1977, I was 28 years old.  I had been married for four years, and my husband and I lived in Seattle fairly happily.  I was a hospital pharmacy technician, and he was a transformer winder for a company that made industrial transformers.  Neither of us really knew what we wanted to be when we …

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This is What.Is.Wrong.With.Seattle

The title of the story on the KOMO news web site is Watchdog: SPD Needs Big Mayday Reforms.  In Seattle, MayDay every year brings out the Anarchists, masked and destructive, breaking glass in store windows, and other acts of vandalism.  See this picture-this is what the Seattle Police Department is faced with EVERY MayDay! See …

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