Monthly Archives September 2015

Atlas Obscura explores a failed Oregon Utopia

Okay, so it’s technically a little outside the “state of Jefferson,” but… Atlas Obscura—surely one of the most wonderful sites on the web—has posted a fascinating little historical tour of Muddy Ranch, near Antelope, Oregon. This ranch, taken originally from the Paiutes and the scene of a bloody battle, is also the erstwhile home of (among other social experiments) the notorious Rajneeshpuram, the “City of Rajneesh.” According to the author, Adrian Shirk, This September is the 30th anniversary of the dissipation of Rajneeshpuram, the utopian city established on the Muddy Ranch. For a time in 1984, Rajneeshpuram was not only the
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The Martha and Mary of Parenting

by Debra and Daniel Murphy [This article was first published in the United States in the early ‘90’s by the Daughters of St. Paul in their Family magazine, then reprinted in the April 1994 (vol. 15, NO. 3) issue of the British journal, The Sower: the Journal for Religious Educators in School and Parish] — — — What is largely missing in today’s parenting is the biblical ‘better (or best) part” that Jesus pointed out to Martha (see Luke 10:38-42). Choosing the better part We parents are entrusted with the physical, intellectual, psychological and spiritual growth and development of our children, who are
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