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Morning Thoughts

FJ Poetry: “A songbird awakens /the morning just outside…” 🔒

Betty Jamerson Reed lives in Brevard, N.C.


Posted in: Poetry, September 2017
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Seeing Truth

FJ Poetry: “It’s true, things stick…” 🔒

Heather Heath Reed lives in Westport, Mass.


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100 Years of Quiet Tenacity

Friends of Fairhope, Alabama.

Laura Melvin is a member of Fairhope (Ala.) Meeting. She has published in various magazines and is the author of the book Public Secrets and Justice: A Journal of a Circuit Court Judge, which is available through QuakerBooks of FGC.


Posted in: Online Features, September 2017
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Wild Birds, Fantasy, and the Possible

A memoir through books.

James W. Hood teaches nineteenth-century British literature, composition, and American nature writing at Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C.  He is a member of Greensboro’s Friendship Meeting.


Posted in: Online Features, September 2017
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How Far Can We Take Thou Shalt Not Judge?

Can we examine our judgements and find reasons to understand?

Rebecca Payne is a member of Red Cedar Meeting in Lansing, Mich. She works for the State of Michigan. She is on the board of the Greater Lansing Peace Education Center and edits the Peace Notes newsletter.


Posted in: Online Features, September 2017
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All photos taken in Katie and Phil's garden. Courtesy of the author.

Earthcare: Finding God in the Garden

Working in the earth keeps a Friend grounded.

Katie Green is a member and past clerk of Worcester (Mass.) Meeting. She is a storyteller, teacher, and grandmother. Katie taught First-day school in Worcester and edited the Worcester Meeting newsletter. She and her husband, Phil Stone, also attend Clearwater Meeting in Dunedin, Fla.


Posted in: Earthcare, September 2017
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Bowne House event. L to R: Richard Cimino, Lizzie Martin, and Joan Kindler.

News, September 2017

New U.S. yearly meeting formed; Baltimore Friends witness for bail reform; Columbia Meeting observes Sabbath of Remembrance; Flushing Meeting participates in Bowne House Museum event in Queens; Retirement. 🔒


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The Fearless Benjamin Lay: The Quaker Dwarf Who Became the First Revolutionary Abolitionist

By Marcus Rediker. Beacon Press, 2017. 194 pages. $26.95/hardcover; $25.99/eBook. Should readers choose to read this compelling biography—and those who see this review are hereby forewarned not to deny themselves that experience—they should approach it carefully, wearing asbestos gloves. It glows red hot, both in subject matter and its author’s approach. Let’s deal with the […]

Larry Ingle is an historian of Quakerism whose most recent publication is Nixon’s First Cover-up: The Religious Life of a Quaker President. A member of Chattanooga (Tenn.) Meeting, he is retired from the history department of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.


Posted in: Books, September 2017, September 2017 Books
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What Have We Done: The Moral Injury of Our Longest Wars

By David Wood. Little, Brown and Company, 2016. 291 pages. $28/hardcover; $14.99/eBook. “War is Hell.” —General William Tecumseh Sherman, 1879 War has probably existed as long as humankind has existed. And contrary to what some believe, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and moral injury have existed as well. There are records of Roman soldiers after 30 […]

J.E. McNeil is a member of Friends Meeting of Washington (D.C.) and, as an attorney, a longtime supporter of those who say no to war. She spent 11 years as the executive director of the Center on Conscience & War and longer as part of the GI Rights Hotline. She participated as a vetting attorney of military members testifying at the Winter Soldier event organized by Iraq Veterans Against the War in 2008.


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The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries from a Secret World

By Peter Wohlleben. Greystone Books, 2016. 251 pages. $24.95/hardcover; $24.99/eBook. “After you’ve read Wohlleben’s book, a walk in the woods will never be the same.” That’s what it says on the cover of The Hidden Life of Trees, and it is so very true. I look at the woods that surround our home in Vermont […]

Ruah Swennerfelt, a member of Burlington (Vt.) Meeting, is a homesteader and activist. She is the author of Rising to the Challenge: The Transition Movement and People of Faith and numerous articles on living simply.


Posted in: Books, September 2017, September 2017 Books
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