Thursday, March 31, 2011

shigeo matsubara...

1438 Prayer from 3 Thousand by Shigeo Matsubara
Shigeo Matubara is an artist who incorporates the word peace into many of his graphic designs and paintings. I chose this particular image because i liked the idea of thousands of statutes of lord buddha standing 'guard' behind the word peace.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011


the other day read an article with this headline: egyptian islamist abboud al-zumar apologizes for sadat assassination: we did not mean to bring mubarak to power. (won't bother to describe the rage and anger i felt because of this man's actions or disgust of learning that he has recently been released from prison.)

abboud a-zumar was recently pardoned by the egyptian armed forces and in an interview said, "I'd like to apologize to the Egyptian people [for the assassination of Sadat], because we did not intend to bring Hosni Mubarak to power. Our goal was to bring about change, and to deliver the Egyptian people from the conditions it found itself in. All we wanted was to rid the people of the Sadat regime. We were hoping that a better regime would replace it, but the outcome was that a worse regime came to power. For this, we apologize. Our intentions were to benefit this society."

apparently getting rid "of the bad guy" is the objective in so many countries, with no clear idea of who will replace the ousted leaders. all i can say is OMG and WTF is wrong with this picture?! leaders are assassinated, governments overthrown with no clear plan for AFTER, i.e. 2003 u.s led invasion of iraq. they (whoever they are) just HOPE that something better will replace those recently ousted. no wonder we stand looking into the abyss afraid of the shove we fear is coming.
may peace prevail on earth
internet photo of jimmy carter and anwar sadat

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


in war, truth is the first casualty. Aeschylus

Monday, March 28, 2011


want to write about something that's been bothering me lately. there's a lot of talk these days about 'love being the answer", "if we only can love each other then we can conquer all and everything will be changed"... um, not to be cynical, sarcastic, jaded or bitter BUT haven't we been down this road before? i am NOT saying that we don't need more love in this world (i feel a song coming on) but to think that love is the panacea of all societies' ills is totally delusional and naive. in the current world ... a world filled with disproportional hatred, greed, suffering, repression etc this 'just sit back and love will conquer all attitude' is totally reprehensible and downright dangerous.

the current mind numbing trend seems to subscribe to the idea that "love is like a powerful cloak which when thrown over the worst situations will correct them, bring light and miraculously change the hearts and minds of all those involved". when the cloak is tossed the so-called evil will become virtuous and 'do the right thing' and the 'good' (holy ones?) will shine like beacons of fire.

i'm sure some group has pictured the presumed righteous ones with a corona and flaming sword in an upraised hand. also lets not forget that membership in the good and evil groups are often fluid and certainly good and evil is in the eye of the beholder!

i do believe that love is important and do feel that we have a moral obligation to treat others decently BUT we can't just sit posting kumbaya bleeps about 'oh if we love each other more then the world will get better'. it takes not just love but activism... teaching, learning and obviously standing up for what one believes to help make a better world. sitting passively and mouthing phrases like, 'love is the answer" or putting everything in 'god's hands' isn't going to change the suffering and injustice in this world.

Sunday, March 27, 2011


may peace prevail on earth

Saturday, March 26, 2011

earth hour...

(image from anarachy on
tonight for one hour, 8:30-9:30 pm (local time) the world is celebrating earth hour. everyone is asked to turn off their lights for one hour. in our household we unplug as many electrical devices as possible during this period and meditate for an hour.

Friday, March 25, 2011

infinite peace...

infinite affirmations... may peace prevail on earth

Thursday, March 24, 2011


achwangundowagan is the delaware tribe's word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Elizabeth Taylor...

just booted up my laptop and was met with the headline: Liz Tayor, disparition d'une légende hollywoodienne. felt a stillness and silence filled with sadness and tears for a woman i never knew but who has been a part of life for as long as i can remember.
27 february 1932 - 23 march 2011
may elizabeth taylor's missions be accomplished

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


fréda is the alsatian word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Monday, March 21, 2011

huag totoka...

in rotuman, which is spoken in fiji, huag totoka means peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Sunday, March 20, 2011

street art...

(images from street art
three images from street art utopia
click: more street art images

Saturday, March 19, 2011


it's being here now that's important. there's no past and there's no future. time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now. we can gain experience from the past, but we can't relive it; and we can hope for the future, but we don't know if there is one. George Harrison

Friday, March 18, 2011


death is one of two things... either it is annihilation, and the dead have no consciousness of anything or, as we are told, it is really a change: a migration of the soul from one place to another. Socrates

Thursday, March 17, 2011


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, March 16, 2011


in the philippines, kappia is the ilocano word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


in the congo, kikœndi is the kongo word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth.

Monday, March 14, 2011


in canada, saimmasimaniq is the inuktitut word for peace
may peace prevail on earth

Sunday, March 13, 2011


平和 (heiwa) is the japanese word for peace
may peace prevail in japan
may peace prevail on earth

Saturday, March 12, 2011

two flags...

shot this in nyc's soho: We have two American flags always:
one for the rich and one for the poor. When the rich fly it it means that
things are under control; when the poor fly it it means danger, revolution, anarchy.

Friday, March 11, 2011


in chiapas, mexico Ñʌch'chocoya is the ch'ol word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Thursday, March 10, 2011


(internet photograph)
often when in a bucolic setting i am reminded of how much i love night. night, moody night, constantly changing. i love its inky blue/black sky and canopy of blinking stars (and satellites) sometimes graced with the moon's presence or streaks of clouds. there are times when i am met with the crashing roar of silence and stillness; one can sense the waiting nocturnal hunters. other times i strain to hear the distant hum of traffic or the mournful blast of a train horn.

am often surprised when people refuse to go outside at night because "it's too dark" and they don't want to admit that they're afraid of that darkness; that primordial fear rears its head even in our technological age. (admittedly there are sometimes valid reasons to fear the dark.)

learn to reverence night and to put away the vulgar fear of it, for, with the banishment of night from the experience of man, there vanishes as well a religious emotion, a poetic mood, which gives depth to the adventure of humanity. Henry Beston

Wednesday, March 9, 2011


to sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men. Abraham Lincoln

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


spotted these futuristic turquoise plastic boots the other day. could resist asking the wearer if i could photograph them.

also thought about a passing conversation i once had with a franciscan monk. the monk, who made leather sandals for others in his order, was lamenting the increased importation and popularity of plastic and recycled rubber shoes. the monk said many people didn't wear socks in the summer which caused them to perspire. the heat and moisture, he felt, were causing the chemicals in the plastic and recycled rubber to breakdown, to change and to leech into the wearer's bloodstream. the monk was certain that this 'chemical poisoning' was going to be a major issue later on.

had this conversation 13 or so years ago... it was prescient.

Monday, March 7, 2011

r u ready...

received the following in an email: week of march 3-9, 2011 are you ready? preparation. dreaming, planning, practicing, imagining, mediating, resting, playing... how do you hone your mind and skills in preparation for new life-doors opening? it's the question of the week, as uranus' march 11 ingress into aries prepares to rock our world. are you ready to shake, rattle and roll?

Sunday, March 6, 2011


for the past few months this has been one of my constant views; i have watched and tried to capture the changing sky and clouds. frequently it all looks like a painted backdrop on a backlot called new york.

is not this whole world an illusion? and yet it fools everybody. Angela Carter

Saturday, March 5, 2011

taim billong...

in hiri motu which is spoken in papua new guinea taim billong means peace.

may peace prevail on earth

Friday, March 4, 2011


in the mingo language, which is spoken in north america, the word for peace is skn'.
may peace prevail on earth

Thursday, March 3, 2011


in the philippines, peace in the hiligaynon language is paghidait.
may peace prevail on earth

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


ever since we crawled out of that primordial slime, that's been our unifying cry, "more light." sunlight. torchlight. candlelight. neon, incandescent lights that banish the darkness from our caves to illuminate our roads, the insides of our refrigerators. Big floods for the night games at Soldier's Field. little tiny flashlights for those books we read under the covers when we're supposed to be asleep. light is more than watts and footcandles. light is metaphor. light is knowledge, light is life, light is light. Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


people are like stained-glass windows. they sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross