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About jstephencleghorn

My name is Dr. J. Stephen Cleghorn. I am now a resident of Baltimore, MD. I continue to own a 50-acre certified organic farm in Jefferson County, PA that I operated with my late wife Lucinda between 2005 and 2011 when she passed away from cancer. The farm is now under lease to organic farmers and protected by "The Dr. Lucinda Hart-Gonzalez Conservation Easement” which protects it for organic agriculture and against the threats of industrial development that would violate the Rights of Nature. The blog’s name is taken from the writings of Saint Augustine who believed “Hope” to be the greatest of spiritual gifts. And, says Saint Augustine, Hope has two lovely daughters: Anger and Courage. Anger so that what must not be may not be; courage so that what should be can be. Anger and Courage. Now in late 2016, after the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States, these are the spiritual gifts that must come to the fore if we are to have “Hope” for a loving culture and a sustainable world for future generations. When I first created this blog it was focused on the extreme form of fossil fuel extraction known as “fracking” that was threatening much of the state of Pennsylvania and many other parts of the United States. At the root of that struggle was and is a struggle to halt and reverse climate change. Now the struggle has turned to resisting an incoming Trump Administration that is an existential threat to the climate with its plans to ramp up extraction and use of fossil fuels. This blog will be about having the courage to stand up to the massive global corporations that would ruin our planet and its climate, take their profits and leave the mess to future generations of to clean up. We need to rise up, my friends, and be not afraid.

Dear cousin, can we talk?

Dear Cousin – Since you made public on Facebook this post based on a scene from the movie “Forrest Gump,” may I also comment publicly back to you, perhaps toward some serious dialogue? As you may have seen in my … Continue reading

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He Did It. Trump Broke My Family

In 1981 my aunt Sister MJ, a Benedictine nun, spiritual matriarch of my Alabama family on my mother’s side, a woman known for her unconditional love of her nieces and nephews, decided to reinstate our family reunion. Through the summers … Continue reading

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More than X’s and O’s on These NFL Players’ Minds

Memo 4 players sent NFL commissioner Roger Goodell & NFL Response

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The Vietnam War – My Story, What is Yours?

Watching “The Vietnam War” documentary surfaces the old memories, despite whatever flaws the documentary may have as history or memory or even film making. Not that I have the horrid memories depicted in the film, thankfully, and God bless and … Continue reading

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Francie’s Eulogy, Handel’s Messiah and Faith Renewed

Yesterday made two weeks since my sister Francie died.  Yesterday marked one week since I had read the following words from the Book of Job 19:25-26 at the start of Francie’s funeral Mass: But as for me, I know that … Continue reading

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Post-Election Homily, Fr. Joe Muth, Baltimore, MD – Nov 12-13, 2016

Thirty-Third Sunday of the Church Year, 2016 Malachi 3: 19-20a Second Letter to the Thessalonians 3: 7-12 Luke 21: 5-19 Good Morning!  Today you have come into church after a week of amazing changes due to the National Election on … Continue reading

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The One-Year Anniversary of Laudato Si’- – Where is Bishop Zubik?

(Dateline: June 21, 2016)  Saturday, June 18 marked the one year anniversary of the release of an encyclical that was intended to get the entire world, especially the Roman Catholic world, talking about and taking action on climate change as … Continue reading

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Laudato Si’ Falls Among Thorns at St. James Catholic Parish in Sewickley, PA

“As for the seed sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.” (Matthew 13:22) Hundreds of world leaders just … Continue reading

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“The Fracking Revolution: Good or Bad for Pennsylvania?” – A Debate

“The Fracking Revolution: Good or Bad for Pennsylvania?” – An Earth Day 2015 Debate On April 22, Earth Day 2015, I went to Lebanon Valley College to take part in a debate on fracking. It was called “The Fracking Revolution: … Continue reading

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Rule It Out!

Testimony on PA DEP Regulations RE: Chapter 78a Regulations for Unconventional Wells April 29, 2015 Washington and Jefferson College Public Hearing Washington, PA J. Stephen Cleghorn, PhD 221 East Union Street, Apt 1 Punxsutawney, PA 15767 814-932-6761 “RULE IT OUT!” … Continue reading

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