Jericho was locked down tighter than a submarine. It made Helms Deep and Fort Knox look porous. Joshua studied the walls, scoping a way inside, When a man with whirling gaslight eyes appeared And grew ten feet tall and five feet wide. It was The Lamplighter himself. "Take the shoes From your feet on my holy ground, And follow the ark, with seven priests with seven trumpets.” Seven priests tooting seven horns led a parade Around and around and around Jericho Like Sambo marched the tigers around the tree, Or the way the earth spins in the dark around the sun. They marched in silence six long days. On the seventh day they lit out at dawn Behind the seven priests and seven trumpets And marched around the city seven times. After the seventh orbit, the priests blew a cadenza. And the roar swelled each passing minute. Every man, woman, boy, and girl, ―Young, old, red, yellow, black, and white― And every critter, bird, and bug Was buried in the rubble and dust As the walls came tumbling down. ----o0o----
By Jack Brummet I graduated from The Crisis Clinic's three week training this weekend . This was harder than any class I took in college, and it feels great. I work my first shift this week.
 "Crisis Clinic offers telephone-based crisis intervention and information and referrals to community services for youth and adults in Seattle-King County, WA. We offer emotional support to those in crisis or considering suicide through our 24-Hour Crisis Line. For youth we offer Teen Link, a teen answered help line. King County 2-1-1 offers information and referrals to community services based on our database of more than 5,000 services. The Washington Recovery Help Line is a state wide service offering emotional support and linkage to substance abuse, problem gambling and mental health services to anyone in Washington State. Our Washington Warm Line is a peer-answered help line for people living with mental illness."
Watching President Jimmy Carter's heartbreakingly beautiful press conference today, all I could think was please please please let us all show the same acceptance, courage, joy, and hope when we come to the end of the line. What a wonderful man.