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Added by Roger Vincent Jasaitis on 6th mo. 30, 2015 at 11:16am — No Comments

Silent Summer

What is wrong with this picture? I looked out at a field of blooming clover and was struck by what I did not see…bees. No honeybees, no bumblebees, no wild bees of any species. No buzzing…silence but for the songbirds in the nearby trees.

What is wrong with this picture? This from an NBC article: Honeybees don’t just make honey; they pollinate more than 90 of the tastiest…

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Added by Roger Vincent Jasaitis on 6th mo. 16, 2015 at 2:30pm — 10 Comments

Meeklings

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

Beatitudes

I read in the Atlantic Monthly this week that someone thought that this was the worst prediction of all time. My first thought was; unless it is the end of history, how would you know if it’s true?

Of course, if you look around today you would…

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Added by Roger Vincent Jasaitis on 6th mo. 2, 2015 at 11:05am — No Comments

Moral and Political War

Let us wage a moral and political war against war itself, so that we can cut military spending and use that money for human needs.

Bernie Sanders
 

About the photo; I…

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Added by Roger Vincent Jasaitis on 5th mo. 29, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

Memorial Day Meeting Thoughts

Did you see all the fresh flowers and flags in the graveyards yesterday? Dust to dust, as they say. I was in the garden planting and thought how appropriate that here in Vermont, many people wait until Memorial Day to plant their gardens, past the danger of frost (usually). Life rising from…

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Added by Roger Vincent Jasaitis on 5th mo. 26, 2015 at 9:05am — No Comments

The Ant and the Grasshopper

I woke this morning thinking about the fable of the ant and the grasshopper. I have two or three cords of wood sitting in my backyard waiting to be split for firewood. This is next winters warmth. It is also a lot of work that can't be put off because it needs to season. This is where the fable comes in; am I an ant or grasshopper? The story is one of Aesop's Fables,…

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Added by Roger Vincent Jasaitis on 5th mo. 14, 2015 at 10:47am — No Comments

Spring

“Podrán cortar todas las flores,

pero no podrándetener la primavera.”

 ― PABLO NERUDA

“You can cut all the flowers,…

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Added by Roger Vincent Jasaitis on 5th mo. 1, 2015 at 11:16am — No Comments

Culture of Militarism

I was speaking with college students recently about the culture of militarism in the United States. To quote Joseph Gainza of Marshfield, who led the American Friends Service Committee in Vermont for over 15 years and who founded Vermont Action for Peace, “(one way) of looking at other people, social problems, and even the planet itself, which has become a…

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Added by Roger Vincent Jasaitis on 4th mo. 24, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

We are the Church

Have you ever wondered why we don't call our Friends Meeting a Church? George Fox, one of the founders of The Society of Friends (Quakers), used to call the Churches in England steeple houses. His idea, radical at the time, was that the Church is the people.

There is a Zen Buddhist proverb that says; The Zen that is at the top of a mountain, is…

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Added by Roger Vincent Jasaitis on 4th mo. 16, 2015 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

First Day Reflections on "The Bread of Life"

I saw this message on a plaque recently; Grace isn’t a little prayer you say before a meal. It’s a way to live. Do you give thanks or say Grace before “breaking bread”? Where does this custom come from? This painting Saying Grace from Norman Rockwell speaks to the way that a lot of people feel about this practice.

Isn’t it fascinating…

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Added by Roger Vincent Jasaitis on 4th mo. 10, 2015 at 11:13am — 2 Comments

Bread of Life

I have a tradition of baking Polish Easter bread (babka) for Easter Sunday that I share with family and neighbors. This custom is carried on throughout Ukraine, Poland and Belorussia to celebrate the rising of Christ. My grandparents came from Lithuania and Poland so this…

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Added by Roger Vincent Jasaitis on 4th mo. 3, 2015 at 12:08pm — No Comments

Plainly Speaking

33 Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths: 34 But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne: 35 Nor by…

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Added by Roger Vincent Jasaitis on 1st mo. 29, 2015 at 9:42am — 5 Comments

Yuletide Greetings

Yuletide Greetings,

Do you have a Christmas tree in your home? If so, then you are celebrating an ancient ritual called Yule or Jul, dating back to prehistoric Germanic and Celtic pagans. You are honoring  the Spirit in the trees. Isn't it fascinating how Christianity absorbs and incorporates earlier pagan rituals into its celebration of Jesus' birth?…

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Added by Roger Vincent Jasaitis on 12th mo. 23, 2014 at 9:11pm — 2 Comments

Of Deities and Emperors

Fifth day, 13th, Eleventh month, 2014.

Do you understand this? Some folks call this Quaker-speak. This is normally written Thursday, November 13th, 2014.

I recently became administrator of my Meeting's (this is what Quakers call their congregation) website. In reviewing the format of the website I was faced with choices.…

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Added by Roger Vincent Jasaitis on 11th mo. 13, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

60 Seconds of Peace, An Autumn Meditation

Got a minute?

http://youtu.be/K49NlP5SsMQ

Added by Roger Vincent Jasaitis on 10th mo. 15, 2014 at 9:20am — No Comments

Song of the Spirit

Detail “psalm 161″

I first observed a Scarlet Tanager last week. It is a rare bird to see because it lives it’s life in the forest canopy. However it has a very distinctive song that is easily identified once known.…
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Added by Roger Vincent Jasaitis on 10th mo. 2, 2014 at 11:14am — 1 Comment

Timelessness

Do you feel that you do not have enough time for the important things in life? That time is not on your side?  Time is our construct. Perhaps I should say that our perception of time is our construction. Time is actually fluid. There is a principal called time dilation that is derived from Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity. …

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Added by Roger Vincent Jasaitis on 9th mo. 4, 2014 at 9:57am — No Comments

Communion

Communion, rarely do you hear this word around Quakers. These words from the New England Yearly Meeting of Friends, Faith & Practice put it succinctly; "The absence from Friends' worship of the outward observance of the sacraments is due to emphasis on the reality of inward experience...With full…

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Added by Roger Vincent Jasaitis on 8th mo. 21, 2014 at 12:07pm — 4 Comments

For Conscience' Sake

THE LEVELED GUN, THE BATTLE-BRAND,

WE MAY NOT TAKE;

BUT CALMLY LOYAL, WE CAN STAND

AND SUFFER WITH OUR SUFFERING KIND

FOR CONSCIENCE’ SAKE…

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Added by Roger Vincent Jasaitis on 7th mo. 25, 2014 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

The problem with simplicity.

The problem we face today needs very little time for its statement. Our lives in a modern city grow too complex and overcrowded. Even the necessary obligations which we feel we must meet grow overnight, like Jack's beanstalk, and before we know it we are bowed down with burdens, crushed under committees, strained , breathless, and hurried, panting through…

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Added by Roger Vincent Jasaitis on 6th mo. 26, 2014 at 11:12am — 2 Comments

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