Politics

John Lewis, Civil Rights Icon and U.S. Congressman: touching greatness

John Lewis, longtime U.S. congressman and civil rights icon for “good trouble,” was buried on July 30, 2020.  The Georgia legislator was legendary for his lifelong patriotic protest and dissent against inequality.  He played major roles in the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act.  I once held his hand. Few can connect the […]

Message from Mother Mary: Thought provoking and reassuring

Suzette here.  I’ve been attending different meditation circles, and one woman said that she received a message from Mother Mary.  Whether you believe the vision is real or not is not the point.  The message itself is profound and thought provoking.  When I asked permission to share it, the woman was afraid of hateful feedback. […]

Unity despite chaos: Diversity is changing America for the better

Randolph resident Dennis Grimes, 72, is African-American and a former Winthrop police officer. Today, he sees younger generations of all races – Caucasians, Latinos, Asians – unite in national movements for equal treatment of African-Americans and communities of color.  In my town, Milton, a diverse and peaceful crowd of 300 neighbors met in solidarity. Despite […]

Thanksgiving 2019: Dealing with hot button issues. Just don’t

(Photo by Suzette Martinez Standring, Houghton’s Pond, Milton, MA) Thanksgiving celebrates togetherness and family feasting, and perhaps, it also calls for restraint. I am not talking about the groaning buffet and ten desserts.  I am talking about not talking about hot button issues. Live for the greater good and show mercy to the poor cook […]

My burden is light: when realization is a heavy load

Christianity gets bad PR from our so-called “very own.” The label “Christian” doesn’t automatically make one Christ-like. You’re not a financial expert just because you play Sudoku numbers.   Many outsiders stereotype Christianity as inflexible, judgmental, harsh, exclusive, and self-righteous. In one sense, they are right. Christianity has been hijacked to a public and perverse […]