Quotes, quotes, quotes!

•Bumper sticker of the week: Peeving is divine.

•Quote of the week: "I strongly urge President Bush to visit Hiroshima and Nagasaki.. .to see for himself what nuclear arms do to humanity."

"The U.S. government has not been given the right to impose a ‘Pax Americana’ and to decide the fate of the world. In this environment, only the weak become victims, many of them women, children, and the elderly." Tadatoshi Akiba, mayor, Hiroshima, on the 57th anniversary of the atomic bomb attack on that city.

•I saw Rev. Hiatt proclaimed meditation to be anti—Christian the other week in the Register—Mail. This guy is so far off base it is embarrassing to list yourself as a Christian. If I read much more of that garbage, I’m going to call Jesus and complain. I hope He has an 800 number.

•The pro—oil administration in Washington is working to get a human rights lawsuit against Exxon—Mobil squashed. The state department is arguing that the suit could have a "potentially serious adverse impact" on U.S. interests and the struggle against terrorism. The lawsuit was filed by the International Labour Rights Fund on behalf of 11 villagers in the Indonesian province of Aceh. The suit claims Exxon—Mobil paid and directed Indonesian security forces to carry out murder, torture, and rape in the course of protecting the company’s operations in the 1990s. (This is for those of you wondering why Exxon—Mobil is on the Peever’s boycott list).

•If the economy had been in the shape it is today, and the national debt as high, right—winged Republicans would have hung Clinton in the Rose Garden at the White House. With Bush in charge, they’re as quiet as church mice. In the meantime, we get poorer and poorer as the country goes to hell in a handbasket. The only thing going up is our retirement ages.

•How to cultivate a spiritual way of life:

–Attend church on an irregular basis.

–Spend more time practicing good.

–Rather than collecting possessions, collect friends.

–Try to understand that you cannot kill your way to peace, or soothe a grieving heart by revenge.

–Don’t believe everything you hear, even if they’re wearing a collar or robe.

–Practice your faith rigorously, unless you happen to be a right—winged Christian Crusader.

–It is better to come to faith inwardly rather than outwardly. This is why missionaries are a waste of time.

– If you think your God is bigger, wait till you see the condom I’ve got.

– Religion is not meant to prove anything. It is meant to fill in the void. The darkness. The mystery will always remain, or God will die.

–We are each fashioned after the Divine, which I would translate into meaning we each have a touch of the Divine in us. We should treat ourselves and one another accordingly. Thus reads The Gospel According to Peever.

•The alchemist’s job is to keep the pot stirred. Nothing good ever comes from stagnant water.

•"Sex is not the ultimate high, but the ultimate high hangs out around sex. The ultimate high is the dance with another person, played so deep down and with such abandon that glee returns to grown—ups." A Woman ‘s Worth, Marianne Williamson

•"My father was very sure about certain matters pertaining to the universe. To him, all good things – trout as well as eternal salvation– come by way of grace and grace comes by art and art does not come easily." A River Runs Through It, Norman MacLean

•"When, before the beauty of a sunset or a mountain, you pause and exclaim ‘Ah,’ you are participating in divinity." Joseph Campbell

•"There is no use trying," said Alice. "I cannot believe impossible things."

"I dare say you haven’t had much practice," said the Queen. "When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast." Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll