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2000:  I'm Sick!
2001:  Because
2002:  A Sticky Situation
2003:  This Feels Familiar

2004:  Rip Van Winkle
2005 Always on the Edge of a Scream

2006: The Zen of Shopping
2007: The Dumbing of America
2008: Ant Abuse
2009:  Off to the Big Apple
2010:  Condo to Dorm
2011:  So...about Fruitcake...
2012: Health Care's a Grind

2013:  Spitzmuller Me
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"Kites and Kings"

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"Darkest Fears"

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The story of Delicate Pooh

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20 November 2015

Some videos which have moved me to tears in the past couple of days.  For all those who want to deny desperate Syrian refugees sanction in this country, open your heart and please watch these videos.

In this video, Antoine Leiris pays a moving tribute to his wife, killed in the Paris attacks and tells the members of Isis why "I won't give you the gift of hating you."

This video, which is long, shows the Samaritan's Purse workers greeting boats of Syrian refugees.  It brought me to tears more than once.  It's one thing to hear the stories, it's another to watch it in real time.

This is a speech Elizabeth Warren delivered to the Senate on November 17, on the reality of the crisis, and what she saw when visiting Syria.  People want Warren to run for president.  I strongly feel she is right where she needs to be, as the conscience of the Senate.

My heart is so heavy every time I hear the hatred in his voice as another governor refuses to accept Syrian refugees, every time I hear all refugees painted with the Isis brush, every time I realize how this issue has divided us as a nation, and how it should be the very issue that unites us in concern and caring for our brothers and sisters suffering at the hands of Isis.

With Antoine Leiris, I don't want to give Isis the satisfaction of knowing they have turned us into a divisive citizenship, hating and suspicious of all who don't look like us.  If that is what we are to become, Isis doesn't have to blow up anything else.  They have already won.

After World War II, the world vowed to remember and said "never again" to the torture and genocide of a race of people.  And yet, given the chance to put those words into action, some of us are ignoring them and feeding on the fear and hatred of some for an entire race of people who only want to live their lives and raise their children in peace.

What would Jesus do?


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