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I Love You - Now Change!

Have you noticed how we hold celebrities and spiritual leaders to a higher standard than others? We can be quick to criticize the conduct of people we hold in high esteem if what they do or say doesn’t fit the pictures we’ve created of them.

 

For example, if celebrity couples separate or divorce the gossip rags go crazy, citing the events as yet another example of how famous people can’t manage relationships well – as if the general public can cast the first stone or look to…

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Added by Terry Drew Karanen on July 11, 2016 at 5:18pm — No Comments

Are You Missing Out?

Do you like to “people watch?” Considering the amount of time I spend in airport terminals for my “day job” it’s become a major pastime for me.

I was having breakfast in Miami International Airport this week with a view to the terminal concourse. Many of the passengers, airport employees, TSA agents and flight crews were all doing the same thing:  Walking by with their noses buried in a mobile device.

There was little if any interaction with other people around them. Sadly,…

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Added by Terry Drew Karanen on June 29, 2016 at 8:36pm — No Comments

What's Your Vision?

Do you have a “vision?” One of the most important tools we can have for success is a personal vision statement. It succinctly articulates what we want our lives to accomplish, what we want to enjoy, how we wish to live, with whom we wish to live it, and what impact we intend to have on the planet using the gifts that are uniquely ours to give.

 

This week we continue to discuss The Global Vision:  A World That Works For Everyone, brought to us by…

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Added by Terry Drew Karanen on June 20, 2016 at 6:00am — No Comments

I Didn't Mean It!

Ever say something and before it’s even out of your mouth you knew you’d regret it? You might have said right then or perhaps later, “I didn’t mean that!”

Sorry.

You sorta kinda probably did.

Our comments might not indicate the type of person we want to be remembered as being for generations to come, but we often mean EXACTLY what we say. True, we may regret having let the cat out of the bag, but there it is, lying exposed on the floor in front of us for all to see, all…

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Added by Terry Drew Karanen on June 13, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

Why?

How often during the day do you ask or hear, “Why?”

“There is no answer to a ‘why’ question.” I was once told. I believe the comment was in response to what a minister should say to comfort the surviving family of someone who had recently died.

Actually, that’s probably not a good time to ask why. It’s a time to comfort one another, get through the next few days, weeks or months, and look for answers later. Another time when “Why?” does little good is when we are discussion the…

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Added by Terry Drew Karanen on June 6, 2016 at 6:00am — No Comments

We Are More Than We Know

Has anyone ever told you that you should live up to your potential? I’ve heard that, either directed toward me or in passing when one person is discussing someone else (usually their husband or child).

 

My first thought is always, “How do you know the ultimate potential of someone else?” My second thought comes something along the line about the person minding their own darn business, but I digress ……

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Added by Terry Drew Karanen on May 30, 2016 at 7:30am — No Comments

Can We Save the World?

I admit it. At times it’s just overwhelming to me.

I don’t know about you, but sometimes the charity emails, social media postings about the great needs of people locally and around the global, and the unending mail delivered to my house requesting donations is just too much.

I go to the grocery store and…

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Added by Terry Drew Karanen on May 23, 2016 at 6:00am — No Comments

You Talking to Me?

How many times have you heard that line in a movie or TV show based in New York City? I lived in Manhattan for nearly two years. No one ever said that to me. Perhaps I’m not that threatening, but then again I talk to most everyone.

That’s the standard joke in my family. I can get someone’s full family…

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Added by Terry Drew Karanen on May 16, 2016 at 6:00am — No Comments

Got Problems?

Okay, so first of all, the graphic here is a kinda true! Ernest Holmes taught us that our reality is a real as we need it to be. The question here is how "real" do we want our problems to be?

Do you have problems? “OH NO!!!” screams the metaphysician in horror. “We NEVER have problems! We have ‘challenges’ or ‘opportunities,’ but NEVER problems! That’s so NEGATIVE!”

Reality check. We in New Thought and metaphysics need to realize how afraid some in our movement have become of…

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Added by Terry Drew Karanen on May 10, 2016 at 4:45pm — No Comments

Guidance and Responsibility

Theme for the Month of May

The Global Vision:

Spiritual Guidance and Personal Responsibility

 

Theme for the Week of May 2:

My Mind Is a Center of Divine Activity

 

“We believe that life is the logical and necessary outcome

of the infinite self-knowingness of God.” -  Ernest Holmes

 

Do you realize…

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Added by Terry Drew Karanen on May 2, 2016 at 4:14pm — No Comments

Would You Like to Prosper in Life?

Theme for the Week of April 25:

Kinship With All Life

Affirmation:  We see a world in which kinship with all life prospers.

 

Do you believe we still live in a “dog-eat-dog” world? When media feeding frenzies highlight what’s wrong on our planet it could leave us to agree. And, many businesses are still operating with the model that there’s only room for one at the top.

This week…

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Added by Terry Drew Karanen on April 26, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Say WHAT?!?

Theme for the Week of April 18:

Consciousness Creates Reality



“We believe that the manifest universe

is the body of God.” – Ernest Holmes

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Added by Terry Drew Karanen on April 18, 2016 at 6:15pm — No Comments

Do You Want to Be Alone?

Theme for the Week of April 11:

You Cannot Disconnect From Life

Affirmation:

We see a world in which we live and grow as One Global Family

that respects and honors the interconnectedness of all life.

Do you ever want to get away from it all? As complicated as our modern lives can get at times it’s no wonder if you do. We all deserve a break from the…

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Added by Terry Drew Karanen on April 11, 2016 at 6:00am — No Comments

Powerful Healing

Theme for the month of April

The Global Vision:  Kinship With All Life

 

Theme for the week of April 4:

Place No Limit On Principle

We believe in healing through the power of this Mind.” – Ernest Holmes

 

Did you know that some people won’t pray for the “little things,” because they’re afraid they’ll…

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Added by Terry Drew Karanen on April 4, 2016 at 6:00am — No Comments

Will You Accept or Except?

Theme for the Week of March 28:

Identify Yourself With What You Want

Affirmation:  We see a world in which individuals rediscover their

personal power to create an individual life that works

within a life that works for everyone.

Do you see yourself accepting something before you physically have it in your possession? Or, do…

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Added by Terry Drew Karanen on March 28, 2016 at 6:00am — No Comments

Is The World Getting You Down?

Theme for the Week of March 21, 2016

Don’t Bring Me Down:  The challenges of group consciousness

 

“We believe in control of conditions through the power of this Mind.” – Ernest Holmes

 

Have you had just about enough of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaigning yet? Personally, I can’t get enough of it. HUH?

 

Perhaps you are troubled by the rhetoric from…

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Added by Terry Drew Karanen on March 21, 2016 at 6:00am — No Comments

Train Your Brain!

Theme for the Week of March 14:

Your Mind and How to Use It

 

“We see a world in which humanity rediscovers the creative power of thought.”

 

Do you believe we live in a world of choice? We do, even if we don’t always like the choices.

 

It often comes back to wanting to eat our cake and have it, too. In case you haven’t already discovered it, that saying…

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Added by Terry Drew Karanen on March 14, 2016 at 6:00am — No Comments

Your Personal Experience

Theme for the Week of March 7:

A Personal Experience of the Divine

“We believe that God is personal to all who feel this Indwelling Presence.” – Ernest Holmes

 

Does the theme and quote for this week resonate with you? Or, does it sound like some kind of metaphysical psychobabble spoken by someone who appears more in tune with their pot dealer than reality?

Drastic contrasts, perhaps, but I don’t think my examples…

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Added by Terry Drew Karanen on March 7, 2016 at 6:00am — No Comments

Realizing the Power of Mind

Theme for the month of March

The Global Vision:  Realizing the Power of Mind

                                                               

 

Do you ever find yourself knowing something, but just can’t figure out why or how? Do you occasionally or regularly experience some form of intuition that guides you to the perfect solution? Then you understand the power of Mind.

 

Not your mind, or my mind, but…

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Added by Terry Drew Karanen on February 29, 2016 at 10:48am — No Comments

What Is the "God Within?"

Theme for February 22:

The Highest God and the Innermost God: One God

“We believe in the unity of all life,

and that the highest God an

the innermost God is one God.”  Ernest Holmes

Is the God in which you believe far away from you or disinterested in your daily life? Or, if you don’t believe in some Higher Power, do you feel cut off from the abundance you seek…

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Added by Terry Drew Karanen on February 22, 2016 at 12:26pm — No Comments

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Local Author's Book Makes Top 10 Gay Non-fiction List

Called a "must read," Michael Long's book on gay pioneer Frank Kameny has been chosen as one of the Top 10 gay, non-fiction books for 2014. Gay Is Good: The Life and Letters of Gay Rights Pioneer Franklin Kameny by the Elizabethtown College professor is a "must-read for anyone interested in the history of the gay rights movement” says Publishers Weekly.

Harvard University's Michael Bronski, a staple in the world of gay history, said: “The LGBT movement has been blessed with an amazing array of passionate, provocative, colorful, dedicated, and sometimes infuriating women and men. Frank Kameny is certainly one of the most important. Michael Long’s magnificent book captures the breadth of the movement and the specificity of Kameny’s life and importance.”

Long tells Central Voice about his editing of Kameny's historically rich letters, 150 letters from 1958 to 1975, that reveal some of the early stirrings of today’s politically powerful LGBT movement. The letters are lively and colorful because they are in Kameny’s inimitable voice, a voice that was consistently loud, echoing through such places as the Oval Office, the Pentagon, and the British Parliament, and often shrill, piercing to the federal agency heads, military generals, and media personalities who received his countless letters. Long is the author and editor of several books on politics, religion, and civil rights. He is the editor, most recently, of Beyond Home Plate: Jackie Robinson on Life after Baseball.

Central Voice: What has the response been to your work on Kameny? from the academic community? from the LGBT community?

Michael Long: The book has just been released, but the response thus far has been so positive. Kameny's close friends, like Charles Frances and Bob Witech of Washington, DC, have been generous in their praise of the book.

 

CV: Some advocates are outright sending the book to others?

ML: Malcolm Lazin of Equality Forum has decided to send the book to leading LGBT activists across the country. Early reviews have also been positive, identifying the book as a "must read." I'm pleased about this mostly because it helps to advance the rich and inimitable legacy of Frank Kameny. This of us who fight for LGBT rights stand on his shoulders, and the book helps us understand how incredibly broad his shoulders were. 

CV: Currently, there is lots of dialogue about the intersections of race and LGBT issues. What are your thoughts?

ML: One of the most important things about Kameny is that early on he, like Edward Sagarin and others, identified gays and lesbians as an oppressed minority. That was no small move, and it allowed him to analyze discrimination against gays and lesbians as somewhat akin to discrimination against people of color. It also helped him articulate the need for civil rights and liberties for gays and lesbians early on.

CV: Wasn't Kameny an early petitioner of the US Supreme Court?

ML: His 1961 petition to the US Supreme Court--a landmark document--did exactly that while at the same time telling the justices that homosexuality was moral. It's breathtaking material. Kameny also turned to the civil rights movement for inspiration and instruction for advancing civil rights for oppressed gays and lesbians. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Stokely Carmichael are among those who influenced his deliberate efforts to politicize the homophile movement and turn it into a political power that politicians could no longer ignore. So Kameny actually helped to create the intersections of race and LGBT issues that we continue to experience today.

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Things you may not know about Franklin Kameny -

*During the height of the Lavender Scare, openly fought the US government for firing him because he was gay (1958).

*Led a long campaign to force the US Civil Service Commission to permit the hiring of gays and lesbians individuals for federal jobs, including those requiring security clearances (1957 on).

*Filed first US Supreme Court petition arguing that gays and lesbians were an oppressed minority deserving equal treatment under law, and that homosexuality was moral (1961).

*Co-founded the Mattachine Society of Washington, the nation’s first organization dedicated solely to securing civil rights and liberties for gays and lesbians (1961).

*Co-founded regional and national gay and lesbian groups designed to politicize the movement and secure and advance political power in government and civil society (1963 on).

*Organized the first White House picketing by a group seeking civil rights and liberties for gays and lesbians. Similar picketing soon followed in front of the US Civil Service Commission, Independence Hall in Philadelphia, and the Pentagon (1965).

*Criticized numerous leading media personalities, including Ann Landers, Johnny Carson, and Rona Barrett, for their anti-gay views (1966 on).

*Staged protests (“zaps’) for gay rights at American Psychiatric Association conventions, eventually forcing the APA to delist homosexuality as a mental disorder (1971 on).

*Became the first openly gay candidate for the US Congress (1971).

*Acted as counsel to numerous gays and lesbians facing discrimination in the US military and served as a driving force behind the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

 

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