African-American judge compares gay marriage ban to 1896 racial doctrine ‘separate but equal’


Judge Edward Rubin

Judge Edward Rubin

Advocate.com: Sept. 30, 2014 – African-American Judge Compares Marriage Discrimination to Racism | Advocate.com.

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A gay Republican, finding his party ruining his friendships, seeks help


Brian Sims

State Rep. Brian Sims (D), the first out LGBT state legislator in Pennsylvania, speaks at a protest on a hate crime law in Philadelphia. (Matt Rourke/AP)

Washington Post: Sept. 30, 2014 – A gay Republican, finding his party is ruining his friendships, seeks help – The Washington Post.

Sept. 30, 2014 – Today’s Gift from Hazelden


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The Serenity Prayer

Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014

Today’s thought from Hazelden is:

There is no such thing as “best” in the world of individuals.
 — Hosea Bellou

We live in a society driven by the concept of competition. “We are Number One” is drummed in our ears daily via advertising and sporting events. The message is that we must be or must have something “better than” if we have any sense of pride at all. Failure is the only other option.

But human behavior can’t be judged according to this kind of rating system. How could we ever determine who is the best listener, the most insightful or compassionate? At any given moment, the best for us may not be the best for someone else. If it goes right to the heart, a simple word spoken at a meeting is the best word. If someone we hardly know nods and smiles from across the room, that smile is the best smile for us, here and now. The extended hand, the brief word of encouragement, will never be proclaimed “Number One” on television, never be memorialized in record books as better than the support someone else got, but for us, it’s the best.

I am surrounded by a multitude of blessings. I need look no further for what I need.

From the book:

Days of Healing, Days of Joy by Earnie Larsen and Carol Larsen Hegarty

Days of Healing, Days of Joy by Earnie Larsen and Carol Larsen Hegarty. © 1987, 1992 by Hazelden Foundation