A Boomer’s Reflections on Aging

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by John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon When I was a young boy my grandparents seemed really old.  I laugh at that because even though I’m now their age, I still think of myself as young.  I’m sure there are a lot more like me, and the number is growing. But can the fact that I think of myself as young actually affect the aging process?  Recent research on aging points in this direction, and considering the demographics it’s no wonder why the conversation has Continue Reading

Young people healing through prayer? Yep!

by John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon There are those  times in our lives when we meet remarkable people.  The last two years have been one of those times for me.  You see, I get to meet with Christian Science college students at the University of Oregon every week.  They're incredible.  Their insights and understanding of the principles underlying the practice of Christian Science are unparalleled.  Two of them, Lauren and Denise, recently took the time to Continue Reading

Nursing that doesn’t fill a void

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What impact will health care reform in the United States have on the health care delivery system in Oregon? I’ve been watching this pretty closely. One trend, even before the current reform began, is the shortage of care givers. Now, with reform, there is increased access to care making the shortage worse. Availability of good health care is a concern to patients, policy makers, and legislators alike. In a recent article, Joe Rojas-Burke of The Oregonian points out that one way to meet this Continue Reading

National Day of prayer, or “every day is a prayer”?

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By John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon Since today is the National Day of Prayer I thought it fitting to reflect on how prayer works in my life. As a child I behaved like most kids. I cried when I was sad. I ran away from anything that frightened me. If I was happy I would laugh or get excited and do all kinds of crazy kid things. All of this was pretty normal, given how I grew up. When I reached young adulthood my responses became less impulsive. I was more Continue Reading

If I get more, you don’t get less.

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By John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon I’ve been thinking about events in Wisconsin and Ohio lately: large demonstrations at the capitol, anger over moves to limit collective bargaining, political maneuverings in the legislature, and demonstrations right here in Oregon supporting the unions in Wisconsin. There’s a lot of energy and emotion around unions and collective bargaining right now. Collective bargaining is not unfamiliar to me.  I was a member of a Continue Reading

“You say you want a revolution?” [John Lennon]

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By John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon As events unfold in Tunisia and Egypt, it seems as though protesters are fed up with repressive regimes and want more citizen participation in their governments. Listening to participants in the demonstrations,  you get an inkling of what they want for themselves: a better way of life, the ability to self-govern and to make their own choices. And there appears to be similar rumblings in other countries of the region.  In Continue Reading