Tag Archives: Don Laughlin

Another Mentor, Another Quaker Jailbird

Because of recent events involving Turkey and the Kurdish people, yesterday I wrote about my mentor, Sherry Hutchison. I was remembering her civil disobedience related to the Iowa National Guard being sent to the Middle East in 2002. I’ve been … Continue reading

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War and Peace

Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2018 Military holidays bring attention to perennial questions about peace, how to deal with conflict, and attempted justifications for war. It is an awesome commitment for someone to give years of their life to the service … Continue reading

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Scattergood Journal — Conscientious Objector Letters

First I’d like to share what my Friend Evalyn Kellum, of North Meadow Circle of Friends, where I attended when I was living in Indianapolis, wrote about An Epistle to Friends Concerning Military Conscription: Thank you for sending your struggle with conscription. … Continue reading

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Scattergood Journal – Epistle to Friends Concerning Military Conscription

I’ve been sharing entries from my journal from my Senior year at Scattergood Friends School, which was the time I was struggling with what to do as I faced my 18th birthday on November 21, 1969, when every male was … Continue reading

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Connections

Reading over the recent Scattergood Journal posts, I realized they are a bit disjointed.  There were a number of references in them that could have been more fully explained. If you didn’t see the video that was in yesterday’s post, … Continue reading

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Scattergood Journal, Peace Walk 1969

I think the reason these past times have captured my interest now is I wonder how(desperately wish) we can create something like those antiwar and civil rights movements today. October 11, 1969  School Committee Day From the school committee minutes: … Continue reading

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Scattergood Earth Walk

I’ve been thinking about my Quaker friend and mentor, Don Laughlin, who died recently.  Don was a very committed environmentalist.  He and his son designed an environmentally friendly house in Iowa City, with solar panels, in floor heating, etc.  I … Continue reading

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It’s time to get back into the public square

“Quakers, it’s time to get back into the public square. If you believe that there’s life above the snake line, it’s time to get back in the public square.”  Rev. William Barber, The Third Reconstruction, Friends Journal, September 1, 2016. … Continue reading

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Don Laughlin on our Environment

Following are a few excerpts from conversations with Don Laughlin, a life long environmentalist and Quaker, who died recently.  1/28/2015 I’m not really depressed over the state of the planet—I’ve just forced myself to face my view of reality which is that … Continue reading

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Don Laughlin and Spiritually Alive

As far as I know, Don Laughlin came up with the term spiritually alive. I had written about an exchange I had with Tom Korbee, of the musical group Korbee, related to the lyrics of their new song, “We Are”.  … Continue reading

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