“Jihad” is an Arabic word that literally means “effort” or “struggle.” In use, jihad is applied primarily to a personal struggle to live in virtuous faith and a fight against Satan (the “greater jihads) with struggles against an open enemy considered “the lesser jihad.” Compare Romans 7:23.
George Monbiot makes the case for a new unifying story of altruistic communities of interest taking responsibility for shared resources rather than allowing private interests to profit exclusively from their exploitation.
The light you seek is not always where you are looking or where you are accustomed to looking in the past. Staunch mental rigidity may blind you to the next lesson God sends your way. Don’t forget to look within new problems for a light shining on the key to their solution.
STORY POEM - A Heartwarming poem in which a small child successfully negotiates for a visit to Grandma’s house and makes discoveries about him/her-self and about Grandma. Told in a regular lilting verse that your child will ask to have read to them again and again.
This is an (almost completely) true story about old people in love. It is given a stream-of-consciousness treatment that reflects the tender tedium of elder care. It is only right to tell you up front that, by the end, most early readers wanted to reach for a tissue and a good friend.
SCIENCE FICTION - What if the development of humans, and our planet, was being intensely observed and regularly adjusted by aliens? What changes would be in our greatest common good? What would the progress report to senior managers look like?
A poem of the “police action” in Vietnam. Also a disturbing piece. Note: contains violent action… and some profanity. This is mean stuff for grownups. Even the ending line of every stanza shatters the cadence and rhyme of what came before.
SHORT STORY - My first wife used to claim that "No good deed goes unpunished." Maybe she was right. A seasoned warrior's obviously-skilled accomplishments are noticed by his king. What could be better than being an honored leader of men?
SHORT STORY - His wife has undertaken a new hobby and involved him in foraging for materials. What could be better than an activity that brings the whole family together? What happens when a patient, tolerant, and supportive husband reaches his limit?
POEM - This is an allusion to an iconic story in mythology about men doing battle with themselves. Pogo was a cartoon character, created by Walt Kelly, who said, "We have met the enemy and he is us." There, that should get you started.
A young man decides to introduce himself to one of a cluster of girls. (You know how they all like to stand in a group to talk?) What could go wrong? Wrong enough that the reader gets two endings to choose from.
This title seems to get a lot of attention. It's really not as salacious as it might sound. But, have you ever wondered if some men actually have the ability to make a physiologic-psycho-social connection with women, just my touching them? Hum...