Pope Francis in Albania.  Look!  No bullet-proof Popemobile!

Pope Francis in Albania.  Look!  No bullet-proof Popemobile!


Let no-one consider themselves to be the ‘armor’ of God while planning and carrying out acts of violence and oppression!
Pope Francis, in Tirana, Albania, September 2014

I’m a traditionalist Jew, I celebrate Shabbas and the holidays. I love my culture, my religion.  I’m steeped in it, growing up. But I’m really a JewBu, a Jewish Buddhist…I’ll steal from anything  that comforts me, any religion, any lyric, any word written by any playwright, friend, therapist, child. I’ll take anything I can get to make this life understandable, to appreciate it, and not waste a gosh darn second of it.
- Mandy Patinkin

I’m a traditionalist Jew, I celebrate Shabbas and the holidays. I love my culture, my religion.  I’m steeped in it, growing up. But I’m really a JewBu, a Jewish Buddhist…I’ll steal from anything  that comforts me, any religion, any lyric, any word written by any playwright, friend, therapist, child. I’ll take anything I can get to make this life understandable, to appreciate it, and not waste a gosh darn second of it.

- Mandy Patinkin



Common Misconceptions of the Abrahamic Religions

  1. Judaism: "An eye for an eye" does not mean tit-for-tat, nor does it mean that Jews should be vengeful.  It means that compensation to a victim should match the worth of what was lost.
  2. Catholicism: "Mary worship" does not exist in Catholicism. Mary is an inspirational and historical figure.  Catholics believe that Mary can help Catholics pray to God.
  3. Islam: Kill non-believers was written when Muslims were openly attacked by Arab tribes.  Allah is merciful, but Muslims, like Jews, do not believe in “turning the other cheek” when being physically attacked.
  4. Evangelical Christianity: “You cannot go to Heaven by doing good works” does not mean that we shouldn’t do good works.  It only means that God chooses who goes to Heaven, regardless of the good works you do.


Repeatedly bludgeoned with crime and violence by every medium, our culture is now so bored with ordinary tragedy that we only become excited by those crimes that are larger, more unlikely, and more bizarre.
David Simon

He knew he was onto something this time. The Rosicrucians had finer robes and the Brothers of Luxor had eerier ceremonies, but in the way of ideas that could not quite be grasped, neither of them had anything to touch the Cone of Fate or the Jimmerson Spiral. Gnomonism was the first really sound synthesis he had found of Atlantean, Hermetic and Pythagorean knowledge. The only one he had found, come to that. In his head he could feel magnetic forces gathering.
Charles Portis, Masters of Atlantis


I am no friend of an overly formal, positivistic notion of the law, because I know how much injustice can flow from a mindless and literal cleaving to the letter of the law. I incline more to the concept of “natural law”, in which the letter of the law is subordinate to its meaning, its spirit, its aim - which is justice.
Vaclav Havel, To The Castle And Back