Chattering Mind
May 2007 Archives

Well, the 10-year-old Chattering gets braces put on his teeth today. What’s interesting is that there’s no stigma to having metal in your mouth these days because so many kids have braces, and in our case, they all go to …Read More

Planning a more spiritual summer than last year’s? Here’s how to go about it.

For 16 years, journalist and Washington Monthly president Markos Kounalakis has been wanting to bring Mark Twain’s bitterly anti-war prose piece “The War Prayer” more fully into the public square. Kounalakis read and connected to the famous short story just …Read More

Here’s an excerpt from Twain’s story “The War Prayer.” It is the text of a dark, sardonic prayer uttered in church by a stranger who reveals to a gung-ho, pro-war community what real war often is. “O Lord our Father, …Read More

Get ready, parents. School art work is about to come home–heaps of tissue paper collages, posterboard paintings, and charcoal drawings. You’ll want to frame some, hang some, and then store everything you don’t pitch or recycle. In a feng shui …Read More

Bravo, for running this symposium on what’s causing the seeming demise of the honey bee. The good news is that cell phone usage probably isn’t responsible. Bees may well be adapting to climate change and pesticide use. Says Wayne …Read More

It’s funny how online friendships work: you meet, you connect, you chatter on with the assumption that your cyber pals will be there forever. But then sometimes they vanish. So perhaps I’m not alone in my glee as I notice …Read More

Whether they loved her or loathed her, folks listened to anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan, the mother of US Army Specialist Casey Sheehan, a 24-year-old Humvee mechanic who was killed in 2004 after being based in Iraq for five days. On …Read More

This morning, the radio news program Democracy Now was discussing a new documentary that sounds therapeutic and incredibly interesting since it analyzes how our leaders “spin” us into thinking that war is necessary. The spin has been perpetuated over the …Read More

It’s over, it was wonderful, it was one of the sweetest days of my life. I wish you could have been there because I know you would have enjoyed it tremendously. I am humbled, but also on top of the …Read More