Goodness Is Stronger than Evil

The quotation comes from South African Bishop Desmond Tutu; the tune from Scotsman John Bell; the singing from Plymouth Congregational Church in Lincoln, Nebraska. In this moment, it serves as a good reminder for the weary.

Do prairie grasses ever get depressed?


Prairie grassland, Photo by Kay Stewart

Prairie grassland, Photo by Kay Stewart

Each alone and
all together
planted on
the prairie plain
we go nowhere
in sleet and snow
wind and rain
scorching heat
and frigid cold
sun and drought
quarter moons
half moons
three-quarter moons
full moons
no moons
starless nights
and starlit nights
we stay and wait
for nothing in
particular knowing
who and where
we are — a prairie
grassland sown
for us to be our
own true selves
together and alone.

– Gordon C. Stewart, Hutton Niobrara Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary near Bassett, Nebraska, September 23, 2015.

Nebraska Senate Candidate Bob Kerrey Campaign Ad: “Not Afraid”

Nebraska Senate Candidate Bob Kerrey Campaign Ad: “Not Afraid”.

Just more hot air? Or a breath of fresh air?  You decide.

Bob Kerrey is saying what most of us long for in American politics: elected representatives who do what’s right for the American people no matter where the ideas come from.

Kay has known Bob Kerrey since he returned from Vietnam missng a leg. He came home to Nebraska as a student at the University of Nebraska. According to Kay and the others in his close circle of friends back then, Bob is for real.

Thanks again to United Politics for sharing unedited pieces from American pullic life.

I spotted Bob 10 years ago at O’Hare Airport in Chicago. “Bob Kerrey?” “Yes, hi.” “You don’t know me, but you know Kay Calkins…” His eyes grew wide. So did his smile. “O my, yes! Of course! How could I ever forget? How do you know Kay?”

Those whose lives Kay has touched do not forget; nor does she forget them. Bob Kerrey is one of them. We need more like him.

Have we become so jaded that we believe nothing, even when a man’s record stands for what he says?