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Fake News on Stilts

Fake News on Stilts

By Charlie Johnston The media and political world today are all atwitter over a report from CNN and Buzzfeed that Donald Trump is a Russian agent – and includes salacious details of perverted sex parties Trump supposedly participated in. The establishment media has practically wet itself with enthusiasm over this lurid tale. The only problem is […]

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Entering the Danger Zone

Entering the Danger Zone

By Charlie Johnston Over the last few weeks there has been much speculation over the possibility that I might be objectively wrong about the peaceful transfer of power. That is well and proper, since the key to everything is to take the next right step in each moment, whatever happens. People are preparing themselves for […]

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Prelude From the Top

Prelude From the Top

By Charlie Johnston Beckita suggested that the piece below, from almost two and a half years ago, is a perfect companion piece to my most recent post, “A Decisive Conundrum.” After re-reading it, I heartily concur. Despite the dust that last piece kicked up, I felt a great relief after finishing and publishing it. I […]

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A Decisive Conundrum

A Decisive Conundrum

By Charlie Johnston I have been struggling for a while to figure out how to say something that is very important going forward. When I wrote the piece “All In,” I was pleased with the result. (If you have not read that piece, you need to for this to fully make sense). I was pleased […]

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Into the New Year

Into the New Year

By Charlie Johnston Some significant improvements and simplifications have been made to the section above dedicated to helping people join existing or develop new groups dedicated to neighbors working the next right step together. The TNRS Local Connect link at the top now allows for quick, easy personal response. When you write to TNRSLocalConnect@gmail.com with […]

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The Heartbeat of America

The Heartbeat of America

By Charlie Johnston I rode a train from Washington, D.C. to Charlottesville, Virginia. I don’t care for buses, but I like Amtrak. Riding a train offers the cozy intimacy of coming in the back door of an old farmhouse you know well. It is kind of like seeing America from the back porch. I am […]

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Out of Pocket

Out of Pocket

Sorry friends, I have been out of pocket for a few days. I was busy all Christmas Eve, then on Christmas Day I planned to put something up. Instead, a mighty wind came rushing off the mountains and blew several sections of the wood fence in the back yard out (breaking anchor posts of about […]

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The Week Before Christmas

The Week Before Christmas

By Charlie Johnston ‘Tis the week before Christmas and I am keeping incredibly busy. I’ve got Christmas cards going out. I really want to get a lot out this year. When I am on the road it is such a frantic rush I end up with hundreds of little bits of paper with names or […]

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For Our Priests and Pastors

For Our Priests and Pastors

By Charlie Johnston For the last few years, I have been amazed at how deeply our Priests, Pastors, Deacons and Nuns care for us. I have had the great joy of traveling the country – and when I am on the road, I usually have two or three private meetings a week with groups of […]

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Mother of Conversion, Pray for Us

Mother of Conversion, Pray for Us

By Charlie Johnston I was saddened to hear today that it is likely that Rob Sherman, former national spokesman for the American Association of Atheists, was probably killed in a small-plane crash over the weekend. We were an odd couple of friends. I frequently had him on my radio show back in the day – and […]

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The Politicization of Doctrine is a Blunder

The Politicization of Doctrine is a Blunder

  By Charlie Johnston In the early half of the 17th Century, the Catholic Church got deeply involved in scientific debates about heliocentrism (whether the sun revolves around the earth or vice versa). The Church formally banned the books by astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus that claimed that the earth revolved around the sun, rather than vice […]

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Each Soul is the Battleground

Each Soul is the Battleground

By Charlie Johnston My public tours are over for the year and I am in the midst of visiting with family. Right now I am with my daughter, Christie, and her husband, Duane, and their daughter, Lily – a lively, smart and headstrong little girl. I made fudge yesterday (gave my daughter her choice for this […]

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Passing Through

Passing Through

By Charlie Johnston I am working on a meaty piece. I rather think the cultural, spiritual and political divisions in the western world have metastasized into a true malignancy. If that is so, things cannot get better until a great crisis has been reached and passed. But oh, the reaching of it is agonizing, indeed. […]

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Sex and the 2016 Election

Sex and the 2016 Election

Below is an analysis of the 2016 election from a spiritual perspective by our friend, Dan Lynch. This morning, I finished my first international presentation, speaking to a conference in Guadalajara, Mexico via Skype. It was wonderful! Though it was slowed down a little by the need for translation at each step, how glad it […]

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A Meditation on Joseph

A Meditation on Joseph

I repeat today a piece I put up a little over a year ago. It has been calling to me for repeat. It has been a busy week or so in Iowa and now in Green Bay, Wisconsin. I have been thinking a lot about contemplation the last few weeks. I often don’t answer direct […]

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