Author(s): Mary Klein

Here are some activities to do alone and a game to play with friends.

Author(s): Hannah Mackinney

Photo by Mary Klein (2006). Salvadorean schoolgirls.I kneel down in front of Anna and stroke her hand. Then I say to her, “Mi amor. ¿Puedo recibir una sonrisa? ¿Por favor?”

I say this dramatically. I’m not exactly sure what it means. But everybody is listening. I know it means... Read more.

Author(s): Mary Klein

This coloring page takes a lot of patience. (You can leave the spaces marked "7" blank if you want.)

Author(s): Phyllis Hoge

Dear Friends: I have long understood pride as the deadliest sin of seven. I also know that it can be appropriate. Pride is sinful only in the sense of an overweening self-glorification. It characterizes someone who behaves as though he is convinced he is worth more than other people.

Self-respect, on the other hand, is not sinful. To the contrary, it is a needful strength and virtue. I think, for example, I have earned the right to feel pride in my own achievements, though they are... Read more.

Author(s): George McConnell

Genesis tells of the confusing of language while the people of Babylon were building a tower of extreme height. There is evidence of confused communication in modern times. My words apparently do not always convey the same meaning that I had in mind, upon reception by the intended receiver.

– George McConnell, Clarks, NE

Author(s): Andrea English

Dear Western Friend: Thank you for publishing Rob Pierson’s article in the last issue of your magazine. The article is substantial, but does not cover what I experience as some Quakers’ suspicion of any companies, even small ones, including non-profits – ones that practice prudent business processes and employ management, ones that may ask their Boards to use Robert’s Rules rather than “consensus.”

In many years as part of a Quaker meeting, I thought finding “the sense of the meeting... Read more.

Author(s): Frank Granshaw

Dear Friends: In its last issue, Western Friend published a letter to grandchildren everywhere talking about the environmental conditions we are leaving to our grandchildren. While I am grateful to WF for publishing that letter, I am concerned about editorial changes that were made that I was not given the opportunity to review before it went to press. The issue I have with these changes is that they misrepresent what I was trying to say in two important ways. First, the final version gives... Read more.

Author(s): Henry Organ

Dear Editor: Matthew Lowen’s book review of Prison Profiteers (May/June 2014) was a good and disturbing reminder. The Prison Industrial Complex is all about financial profiting; and nothing about crime reduction, intervention, and rehabilitation. It is about building more and larger prisons, and longer sentencing; and nothing about justice in sentencing.

The book’s subtitle is a question that is, of course, a rhetorical one: Who makes money from mass incarceration? The for-profit... Read more.

Author(s): Madeline Schaefer

Dear Friends: On a plane to Seattle last December, I struck up a long conversation with a young white man. We touched on nearly everything. Eventually he told me that he was studying law, but hated it. He especially hated his classmates’ obsession with money (due in part to the huge debts they would face upon graduation). 

He somewhat sorrowfully admitted that he had bought into the game of scarcity, where the goal is to remain firmly on top to survive. He used to have hobbies, but... Read more.

Author(s): Gary Miller

Gary Miller helped found the Alice B. Toklas Democratic Club in 1971 and served as its president in 1975. He was the first openly gay person to serve as the chair of the Sacramento Democratic Party and was Sacramento’s first openly gay human rights commissioner. As a staff person in the 1970s with Friends Committee on Legislation in California, Miller worked to defeat Proposition 6, the Briggs Initiative, which would have banned gays, lesbians, and their supporters from working in... Read more.


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