Tuesday, August 31, 2010

gardening...


for the past few days a master gardener, perhaps even a gardening high priest, has been visiting. it is wonderful to walk around with someone so knowledgable about the plant world and almost everything connected to growing. one of the (many) impressive things is when he refers to various species he uses their latin names; it's astonishing how much latin many of us lay people (non gardeners) know.

our guest is french and he is very aware of american vegetation and plant life. we have spoken a great deal about the origins of various plants and their movement around the world and the transformation which often takes place in each new environment.

always refreshing to learn something new.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

the beat...


read yesterday's posting and realized i had done something i don't like very much... i passed judgment on an event and its outcome before it occurred. so, i stand corrected... seems the beck gathering at the lincoln memorial wasn't an "actual" political rally (meaning no placards or banners) or a hate fest.

apparently the rally called for a religious rebirth in america and the "restoration of her (america's) honor". according to the ny times it was part religious revival and part history lesson. (guess the lesson skipped the section that covered separation of church and state).

i remain leery of beck and his cronies and agree with bob herbert of the washington post. glenn beck is a "provocateur who likes to play with matches in the tinderbox of racial and ethnic confrontation".
ah, well... the beat goes on.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

i have a dream...


(internet photos)
today marks the 47th anniversary of the 1963 march on washington for jobs and freedom. this political rally where dr. king gave his "i have a dream" speech was held in support of civil and economic rights for african-americans.

the ever belligerent and bellicose glenn beck and his teabagger friends have organized the 9/12 march. this march will mimic (in their minds only) the 1963 march. in my mind, glen beck and his name calling and often hate spewing supporters make a mockery of the march on washington. they make a mockery of the speech in which MLK called for racial equality and an end to discrimination.

the glenn beck 9/12 march will be a name-calling fest where the potus (president of the us) and speaker of the house (among others) will be shown in cruel caricature and branded nazis, traitors and domestic terrorists. it will be a march not for equality and justice but a call "for taking our country back". (which we all know is code for get rid of the blacks, gays, liberals, moslems... anybody different.) it will be the march of "you are either with us or we are against you".

well, there are many of us who stand against these narrow-minded bigots and we turn our backs on them today. i say for shame!!

may peace prevail on earth

the dream speech...


Friday, August 27, 2010

barbie...


we went to a huge thrift store the other day that was so organized it made one wonder if the owner had OCD. (and i am NOT one to use the psychological alphabet!) anyway, here's a shot of the bagged barbies.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

שלום...


may peace prevail on earth

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

moral arc...


yesterday's news reports were full of more global horrors; enough to make one look for the exit door. i had initially written a post where i quoted mahatma gandhi and his belief that history has shown that ultimately tyrants fall. as i lie in bed wondering if i'm overly optimistic or just plain naive to believe that right and justice will triumph over cruelty, injustice and dare i say, evil (?) ML King's words, "... the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice." came to mind.

i do not pretend to understand the moral universe; the arc is a long one, my eyes reaches but little way; i cannot calculate the curve and complete the figure by the experience of sight; i can divine it by conscience. and from what i see i am sure it bends towards justice. Theodore Parker, 1853

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

maya...


was washing dishes and unbidden came a childhood melody. i've almost always been told, "you can't carry a tune" but remember loving to sing this song. can even "hear" it being sung in the round, my happy voice joining. whenever we sang this ditty, i always felt myself in a place filled with bright, white light.

row, row, row your boat gently down the stream.
merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily
life is but a dream

at a very young age, even in the west, we're taught that life is maya, merely a dream.

Monday, August 23, 2010

rain...


we FINALLY got some much needed rain and the dry, parched grass is turning green as i write this. have spent much of the morning resolving computer issues and am once again singing my "i love apple" song.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

angels...


this cloud formation made me think of an angel's wing.

it is not known precisely where angels dwell - whether in the air, the void or the planets. it has not been God's pleasure that we should be informed of their abode.
Voltaire

Saturday, August 21, 2010

frede...


may peace prevail on earth

Friday, August 20, 2010

no distinctions...


in the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true. Lord Buddha

Thursday, August 19, 2010

looking up...


i've been looking up at the sky and photographing a lot more clouds lately. perhaps that's symbolic of the change i (want to) feel and am attempting to will into being. talking to various friends around the country and looking at the latest unemployment map, i can tell you things aren't looking up for a lot of people.

Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience. It isn't more complicated than that. It is opening to or receiving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is, without either clinging to it or rejecting it. Sylvia Boorstein

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

lourdes...

(internet photo)
heard something bizarre the other night on a bbc broadcast. the report concerned the august 15th bomb scare in lourdes, france where 30,000 pilgrims had to be evacuated.

the commentator mentioned how the 1858 "sighting" of the virgin mary by a peasant girl has over the years, caused thousands of the faithful, often crippled and ill, to come to lourdes seeking a cure. they sometimes leave their crutches behind after drinking the "healing" water. the reporter ended the piece, with no hint of cynicism, by calling mary the alleged mother of jesus.

my eyebrows rose!! it was odd to hear mary called "the alleged mother of jesus". no matter what one believes about jesus, always thought it was accepted that mary was his mother. hmm...

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

fly...


the air up there in the clouds is very pure and fine, bracing and delicious. and why shouldn't it be? it is the same the angels breathe. Mark Twain

Monday, August 16, 2010

temporary...


afflictive emotions - our jealousy, anger, hatred, fear - can be put to an end. when you realize that these emotions are only temporary, that they pass on like clouds in the sky, you also realize they can ultimately be abandoned. HH the Dalai Lama

Sunday, August 15, 2010

hoa binh...


may peace prevail on earth

Saturday, August 14, 2010

holding...


holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned. Lord Buddha

Friday, August 13, 2010

iphone...


was given an iphone recently and have to say, i am IN LOVE with it, particularly the camera. the image colors are reminiscent of my greatest love, the polaroid joycam. have purchased a camera app which mimics a film camera, giving one a choice of lenses, camera flashes and film stock. there is even a holga lens which can be used with b/w 'film" to produce photos with a vignette effect. though i haven't discarded my usual digital cameras, they have been pushed (way) into the background while i learn the possibilities and limits of my latest digital love.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

pace...


may peace prevail on earth

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

knowledge...


for the past year have reconnected with a lot of people, including relatives, that i haven't seen, heard from or even thought of for eons. with the arrival of this herd of folk comes information that, at best, shouldn't have been repeated years ago and certainly should not be regurgitated now. BUT we know how people are, tiny tidbits of rumor grow into the stuff of truth to be hurled forward through time.

one part of knowledge consists in being ignorant of such things as are not worthy to be known. Crates

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

change...


they always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself. Andy Warhol

hardly...


question: how do you feel about your father dying?
answer: i hardly knew there was a father.

Monday, August 9, 2010

fear...


fear cannot be banished, but it can be calm and without panic; it can be mitigated by reason and evaluation. Vannevar Bush

Sunday, August 8, 2010

no post...


may peace prevail

Saturday, August 7, 2010

insulated...


on friday spent the entire day with a first cousin and her husband. haven't seen my cousin in a long, long time... she was nine the last time she remembers seeing me. they were in nyc to celebrate her 50th birthday! she has grown into a wonderful woman married to a great, understanding and loving man; they've been together since they were 14 years old.

i learned astonishing things about other relatives and people in the town where we grew up. peyton place had NOTHING over that small town. the intrigue, lies and not so secret secrets left me speechless with my mouth hanging open. (actually, i lost my appetite and couldn't eat lunch.) some of the incidents happened while i was still living there but i was oblivious to them. again, i am reminded how insulated (and fortunate) i was in the small world that i created for myself.

Friday, August 6, 2010

hiroshima...


(photo: reuters)
at 8:15 a.m. on august 6, 1945 the first atomic bomb was dropped on hiroshima by u.s. aircraft enola gay and killed an estimated 140,000 people. three days later another atomic bomb, which initially killed more that 70,000 people, was dropped on nagasaki.

today, for the first time in 65 years, the united states commemorated the dropping of the atomic bomb on hiroshima. john roos, u.s. ambassador to japan, laid a wreath "to express the respect due to all victims of the second world war".

also present was ban ki-moon, the first un secretary-general to attend the august 6th ceremony. he said, "as long as nuclear weapons exist, we will live under a nuclear shadow" and pledged to work to rid the world of nuclear weapons.

i pray that people work to rid the world of the threat of nuclear proliferation. we must, as americans, do our part to STOP supplying the world with the means to make and maintain nuclear arsenals. we must stop the sell of nuclear materials not just to iran or north korea but to all nations. disarmament begins at home.
may peace prevail on earth

Thursday, August 5, 2010

prop 8 ban overturn...


today, we can celebrate the victory of doing what is constitutionally correct... not depriving american citizens of their rights because they (these citizens) do not live in a way that conforms to some people's standards of morality.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

de-clutter...


yesterday was another de-clutter day; clearing my closets of clothes, magazines, books, unnecessary and outdated items. seems that unloading physical clutter can help rid the mind of emotional clutter.

the beauty of life is, while we cannot undo what is done, we can see it, understand it, learn from it and change. so that every new moment is spent not in regret, guilt, fear or anger but in wisdom, understanding and love. Jennifer Edwards

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

mediocre films...


perhaps because of the heat, the endless world crises (which i won't bother to enumerate) and just plain malaise, i've been in a slight funk. for a change of scenery we went to see a film. don't seem to be having much luck with movies viewed in the theatre, first "inception", now "the kids are all right". arrg.

i have to give "the kids are all right" a big thumbs down. sure it was nice to see annette bening and julianne moore together... but that sensation didn't last long. left the theatre feeling a little sad and depressed, as if i needed to pay to experience those emotions. so wanted to like the film.

during the end credits heard a woman behind us say, "that was so realistic, i really liked it". predictable, flat, one dimensional, conservative, stereotypical, yes i suppose those are all things that make for realism. oh well...

Monday, August 2, 2010

la paix...


may peace prevail on earth and in me

Sunday, August 1, 2010

expectations...


disappointment is a sort of bankruptcy - the bankruptcy of a soul that expends too much in hope and expectation. Eric Hoffer