Archive for January, 2009

Ursuline Nuns
January 30, 2009

Hi Reader,

On today’s Heart and Soul, a glimpse into the lives of several Ursuline sisters in Cleveland.  Nuns of today often have different duties from when I was kid growing up in Catholic schools in Canton.  Back them most nuns were school teachers but today their activities involve a wide range of duties and interests.

If you want to see today’s Heart and Soul report just click on the link below:

And, if you tune in next Friday night at six, I’ll be reporting on the law broken recently by one of these nuns and her sentence to prison, which she’ll be serving soon.  The story behind this story?  It’s quite interesting and it has to do with the strength of some people’s objections to human rights violations.

Tune in next Friday for the full story and we’ll talk more about it at that time.

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Reaction to A Course In Miracles…
January 26, 2009

Hi Readers,

Friday’s story on my weekly Heart and Soul segment generated some interesting feedback, some of which I am posting below.  If you have a view on this, please let me know.  Just write me at

To see the news story on A Course In Miracles, click here:

Viewer e-mail to follow:

Mr. Henry,
Thank you, thank you, thank you for your on going coverage on spirituality. although you have had a long standing interest in the subject it is still refreshing.
As a teacher of a course in miracles for some thirty-five years, I have found the course to be an awesome and extraordinary tool for spiritual transformation.
The Course In Miracles is not a threat to any religion, in fact through its practice one is given a greater proficiency at practicing their chosen religious belief. “Thy kingdom come thy will be done on earth on earth as it is on heaven”. Religion moves from intellectual doctrine to true life expression.
The spiritual truth of the Holy bible and a Course In Miracles are in line with each other. The only difference is its presentation. One cloaks it in parables (the bible) the other presents it to the spiritually awakened (a course in miracles).
Man suffers from his ignorance and his unwillingness to release old worn out beliefs.
Peace and blessings
Thank you Mr Henry that’s very flattering and I appreciate you interest, I suppose I would have to think about it as Wicca is not usually perceived in a positive light and some people can have a downright negative reaction to it. We call it “being in the broomcloset”.
I more or less just thought you might be interested in something different.
Yes, I’m local and that’s my website. It’s relatively new and I’m working to focus it in a much better way. It’s the summary of so many ways and thoughts that it’s difficult sometimes to narrow down to very specific things without introducing dogma or the rules imposed by others.
There is a lively pagan, Wiccan culture that most people aren’t exposed to. In some ways I’m hoping that this will actually lead to a book that I would like to write – I think the tide is turning towards more open spirituality vs. organized religion. At least I’m hopeful of that.
Thanks again for the interest.
I heard the story about some Christians being upset at Oprah Winfrey about the belief in miracles, new-agey program she endorses, as being “anti-Christian.” What does that even mean? As a Jew, it’s nauseating to hear people complain about this sort of thing. Do the Hindus, Bhuddists or Muslims complain that Oprah is espousing a philosophy that doesn’t mesh with their beliefs? I don’t think so.


The rest of us don’t really pay any attention to this stuff, because we accept that faith is a personal thing and it doesn’t matter what others believe or espouse. I’d like to see these individual Christians who are taking the time to get upset about this, focus more of their Christian energy on practicing their faith, like “turning the other cheek,” “doing unto others as they would have done unto them,”

“loving their enemies as themselves,” and being more concerned with the welfare of the poor and less-fortunate.

Thanks, J. Weinberg

Cleveland Heights


Hi Ted,

I have been studying A Course In Miracles for three years now. I find it helps me find peace and comfort regardless of the troubles experienced in and around the world. The Course gives you daily lessons in how to look at a situation differently so that you experience peace instead of anger, frustration, fear, or other “negative” emotions. It also teaches you how to practice true forgiveness. Regardless of a particular faith, I think the Course can be helpful to anyone with an open mind. I have experienced more peace within in my life because of it.

Best regards,

Leslie Langnau





Rev Crystal Smith

Cleveland Teacher of A Course In Miracles
January 23, 2009


Hi Reader,

On my weekly, “Heart and Soul” segment, David Alexander talks about a spiritual guide book called, A Course In Miracles.

Oprah Winfrey has devoted much air time discussing this book over the years, but not without some criticism.  David Alexander, a local “Course” teacher at Unity of Greater Cleveland in Shaker Heights describes the often complex concepts of this book in my broadcast segment as well as he can considering the news segment runs less than 2 minutes long.

Below I’ve posted an internet description of this book from Wikipedia. 

Some Christian and even non-Christian groups are very open to the teachings of this subject, while others condemn it for views they say run contrary to Christianity. 

If you’re familiar with the book or this subject please send me your comments and I’ll post them here.  The “Course” is read by individuals and often discussed in study groups. 

Alexander’s study groups meets every Sunday morning at 10 AM at the Unity Church in Shaker Heights at the corner of Farnsleigh and Warrensville Center Road.  The meetings are open to the public.

A Course in Miracles

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A Course in Miracles  

A Course in Miracles, Combined Volume, Third Edition as published by
Foundation for Inner Peace.
Author Dr. Helen Schucman: Scribe
Publisher The Foundation for Inner Peace
Publication date 1976
Media type  
ISBN 978-1-883360-24-5 Soft cover

A Course in Miracles (also referred to as ACIM or the Course) written by Dr. Helen Schucman and Dr. William Thetfordthat describes a purely non-dualistic approach to spirituality. Schucman dictated the book based on an inner voice which she described as coming from a divine source, specifically Jesus Christ.  The book uses traditional Judeo-Christian terminology, but is not aligned to the doctrines of any religions or denominations. J. Gordon Melton notes that it has been most popular among those who have been disillusioned by organized Christianity.  Since it first became available for sale in 1976, over 1.5 million copies have been sold worldwide in nineteen different languages.

The Combined Volume, Third Edition of A Course in Miracles, is the only edition that contains in one place all of the writings that Dr. Helen Schucman authorized to be printed. It is published solely by the Foundation for Inner Peace, the organization chosen by Dr. Schucman for this purpose.

If you would like to see our news story of this Heart and Soul report, just click on the following link:

The Old Stone Foundation
January 16, 2009


Hi Readers,

On my Friday, “Heart and Soul” segment I am telling you about Marc Nathensen’s wonderful work with Cleveland teenage women who are mothers.  Most of these people had to drop out of school before graduating and the work of The Old Stone Foundation is to help these women get their GEDs.

If you want to see this story, the way it ran on TV5, just click on this link:

For more info you can find them on the web at  Below I included their mission statement.  This is a most valuable service provided to the poorest of the poor who have little to look forward to.

Looking for some great volunteer work?  This might be the place.  Call Marc anytime to learn more.

And let me know what you think of Old Stone Foundation.




The mission of the Old Stone Foundation in partnership with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District is to improve lifetime opportunities for women in the greater Cleveland area who have not completed their high school careers due to childcare needs and economic issues by providing education in academics, parenting, and workforce skills.

Program Need

The amount of students not completing their high school careers within the Cleveland School District is alarming. In 2005, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District reported 6400 children enrolled in the eighth grade. When it was time for these students to graduate, the amount of students in the twelfth grade was 2700, and of the 2700 students only 55 percent graduated. One of the reasons for this loss; is that Cuyahoga County is a national leader in teen pregnancies. The Ohio Health Department, in their 2006 analysis reported 727 births to teen mothers ages 10-17 in the county. This total represented 14 percent of the teen births in the state. Case Western Reserve’s Poverty Center reported that there were 70.19 births per 1,000 girls age 15-19 in Cleveland compared to the national average of 41.9. The study also pointed out that teen pregnancy is one of the many related problems that stem from poverty. And the outcome of pregnancies of poor women and teenagers is a cycle of continued poverty. Of the state’s 2.8 million children, 18 percent are living in poverty, and that number continues to rise, especially in the Cleveland area. Giving birth as a teenager leads to a 50 percent reduction in the likelihood of high school completion.

Education is a key factor contributing to poverty. Nearly one in four Ohioans over age 25 without a high-school diploma was living in poverty in 2006, compared to one in twelve with at least some college or an associate’s degree. A quarter of the state’s labor force (1.1 million Ohioans) earned just $10 an hour in 2007, which translates to $21,200 a year for a family of four, which is less than the federal poverty level. Without a high school diploma or a GED certificate the chances of economic success for our students is fairly bleak. Information gathered by the 2000 Census reports that women that our high school dropouts will make $703,000 in a lifetime, which is 24 percent less than a woman with a high school degree ($920,000), and 40 percent less than a woman with some college ($1,164,000) According to the 2005 GED Statistical Report, more than one-third of adults with household incomes at or below the federal poverty line did not have a high school diploma (34 percent), compared with 13 percent of adults whose household income was above the poverty line. And our students, who come with a sixth or seventh grade education level comprise only 10 percent of Ohio residents who are GED passers. The students of the Old Stone Center for Education have a long history of success in spite of the many challenges and obstacles they face on a daily basis.

In the 2006 PolicyBridge (a non-profit organization founded to research, analyze and respond to public policy from an African-American perspective) report, “The Rap on Culture” said: “More than a third of black mothers have their first child when they are 18 or younger. Becoming a parent at such a young age not only limits the educational opportunities of the mother, but has been shown to have a negative impact on the child’s educational success.”


January 14, 2009

solar_wing_front_japanese_electric_powered_carHi Reader,

A guy named, Warren takes the cake for what he wants from me.  He’s expecting me to remember a story from nearly 35 years ago that might have meaning rearding the auto industry today.

Warren, you credit me for a lot but I don’t have a clue what that story was about.  On the other hand, your memory is outstanding.  If you find yourself remembering any more of this news account, let me know and I’ll check into it further.

Thanks, Warren.  You made my day.

Ted  (write me at:

(PS: I just pulled the pix above from Google as an example of what Warren could be referring to)



Ted- you were on live on 5 back in the 70’s. this was during the OPEC oil embargo. you did a piece on a gentleman in southern ohio that had developed a hydrogen fuel cell that powered a dune buggy. he developed this fuel cell in his backyard garage. the fuel cell ran on any hydrocarbon liquid. do you remember doing this piece & if so, is it possible a follow-up could be done. is he still living? i hope you can remember what i’m talking about with regard to this item. warren-

Winter’s Beauty
January 13, 2009


Good morning Class,

So, we can look at winter in one of two ways, as something awful or as something of beauty.  By the looks of the picture I am posting here I think you can tell where I am coming from.

It may be cold and snowy this week, but what the heck, it only lasts for a few weeks and then winter’s gone.  We might as well enjoy it.  I take a four mile walk every day but I’m guessing I might have to can that form of exercise for today and tomorrow.  It’s going to be too cold outside.  How do you get through these months.  Let me know, I’m curious.  Write me at



January 9, 2009

bangaloresunset21Hello again,

I’m fresh back from Bangalore (nightime view above) and enjoyed my four week stay in India.

Tonight on my regular Friday night, “Heart and Soul” segment, Dr. Ken Chalker, the pastor at First Church Cleveland.

Just Google him for all the info you may want about his church, address, phone number, services etc.  Ken is quite a maverick when it comes to the clergy.  His comments can be quite critical of the narrow mindedness that can be a part of organized religion.

Rev. Chalker speaks from his heart, he’s filled with passion and he’s one of the most powerful spiritual teachers I have ever met.

Let me know if you enjoy his story.  Write me at