Tuesday, May 31, 2011

striving...


“this is the blissful striving of my heart’s desire:
to carry the light of the spirit
into the cosmic winter night
so that sparkling seeds of my soul
may take root in cosmic soil—
and that the word of God may resound
through the darkness of my senses,
transfiguring my entire existence. Rudolf Steiner

Monday, May 30, 2011

memorial day...


may peace prevail on earth

we remember...


to all those who have served and are still risking their lives for the u.s. of a., we remember and are grateful.
may peace prevail on earth

Sunday, May 29, 2011

reflection...



everyone and everything that shows up in our life is a reflection of something that is happening inside of us. alan cohen

while i subscribe to this type of 'you are (kind of, just a little bit) in charge of your destiny' thought, when i typed the above words i had to question the general, overall suitability of this statement.

the image of innocent children being slaughtered in some remote country came to mind; young victims caught in the middle of adult barbarism. i cannot imagine that they (the children) had such horrific images floating inside them or were calling it to them. (don't want to veer down the karma path right now.) do these kinds of slick aphorisms only apply to well-fed westerners who believe they are the co-creators of their destinies?

Saturday, May 28, 2011

tahrir square...


(internet photo)
on friday, three and a half months after the "jasmine revolution", thousands gathered in tahrir square (cairo) for a "second revolution". the protesters called on egypt's military rulers to speed up the pace of democratic reforms and demanded a speedy trial of mubarak and other high-ranking members of his regime.
la luta continua

Friday, May 27, 2011

summer...


memorial weekend, which marks the beginning of summer, is upon us.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

what...


the mind is everything. what you think you become. lord buddha

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

the present...


do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present. lord buddha

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

change...


nothing in the world is permanent, and we're foolish when we ask anything to last, but surely we're still more foolish not to take delight in it while we have it. if change is of the essence of existence one would have thought it only sensible to make it the premise of our philosophy. W. Somerset Maugham

Monday, May 23, 2011

kev tiaj tus...


kev tiaj tus is the hmong word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Sunday, May 22, 2011

beat goes on...


wonder how the 6pmr's are rationalizing the non-rapture event? suppose god's pocket watch needed winding. ah well, the beat goes on till the next predicted date of the end.

my friend Rob posted this: the good lord giveth, and the small print taketh away.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

judgment day...


saw this sign on the lie (long island expressway) close to queens. as for judgment day, i feel that everyday is judgment day... you are accountable (if only to yourself) for your actions. but today, may 21st, is supposed to be THE judgment day leading up to the rapture.

i am truly at a loss to understand why people, and by all accounts quite a few people, are buying into this notion that the 'world is ending today and they're going straight up to heaven'. not their souls but their physical bodies!! can't help but think of the people in jonestown drinking the kool-aid.

just heard from a friend that some members of her family are 6pmr's. they believe the rapture will happen at 6 pm and are preparing to ascend. (didn't get whether it was eastern, central or gmt time.)


on various social networking sites, rapture parties and 'after the rapture' looting parties are being organized. (the looting parties are a joke!!) the irony, all the parties are virtual parties... all happening in the ether.

during the much anticipated 1994 rapture i was looking forward to seeing people rising like rockets into the sky... no such luck. not holding out much hope of seeing it today either. this rene magritte paintings always comes to mind when i hear about the rapture.

(copy of rene magritte painting from internet)

Friday, May 20, 2011

expedition...


have used max's walks as a photographic expedition.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

max...


we're dog sitting max... the cutest little lap dog you can imagine. he's a city dog gone country and seems to be loving it. seen here relaxing after his morning run in the rain.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

peace...


may peace prevail on earth

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

strauss-kahn...


(internet photo)
what's up with the male politicians? one after the other they seem to be allowing their sexual appetites to lead them to the brink of implosion. currently watching the political career of Dominque Strauss-Kahn, managing director of the international monetary fund, self-destruct. he is accused of raping and holding hostage a new york city hotel maid. right now he is being held at rikers island (a notorious nyc prison) without bail because he's considered a flight risk and could face 25 years in jail if convicted.

strauss-kahn or DSK as he is known was expected to stand for president of france; was is the operative word here.

the press has just released the news that arnold schwarzenegger, former california governor and film actor, fathered a child with a household staffer. no wonder maria shriver is filing for divorce.

john edwards, mark sanford, john ensign, larry craig... the list goes on and on. don't these guys watch tv or movies? obviously they are so smitten with themselves and their achievements they think they're untouchable. the adage, 'what is done in the dark sees the light of day' couldn't be truer.

Monday, May 16, 2011

dandelion2...


another dandelion picture.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

respite...


decided i needed a respite from the insanity going on in the world around me and have chosen photography (as usual) as the escape hatch.

have recently discovered a lot of nifty iphone photography apps and have been using many for a dandelion project. the various photograph enhancement programs are great fun and certainly a challenge for one's creativity.

here's a great link: apps that are hot right now

Saturday, May 14, 2011

stumble...


have been reconnecting with a lot of high school classmates via a social networking site. it has been a stumble down memory lane; neither good nor bad just a huge recollection session.

am learning many things about the town i grew up in but didn't know or experience because of the racial divide. don't feel i've gone 'home' again but it is interesting to be in a different place in my life and reconnect with teenage friends and acquaintances.

was looking around for a quote which would succinctly express what i'm feeling and found the following:
'coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.' terry pratchett

Friday, May 13, 2011

tgif...


TGIF... thank goodness it's friday! friday the 13th nonetheless.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

blogger down...

the blogger site went down and i lost a post... so retroactively putting this b/w photograph up. have been reconnecting with a LOT of people i went to high school with... quite interesting.

irony...


feels like we're living in a perpetual state of irony.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

kunammwey...


on truk (in the pacific micronesia) the chuuk word for peace is kunammwey.
may peace prevail on earth

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

minaggen...

on guam minaggen is the chamorro word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Monday, May 9, 2011

peace...


may peace prevail on earth

Sunday, May 8, 2011

mother's day...


(photo by Lisa Hocking)
today is mother's day and i looked around for appropriate words to post. most of the quotes read like bad greeting cards; trite and overly sentimental. will just say, i loved my mother and though she died when i was six i remember her vividly and see her quite often when i look in the mirror.
may peace prevail on earth and in me.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

spinning...


(spinning top from TheColor.com)
the news which is revolving and evolving around the death of OBL (as bin laden is now known) is a little frightening because of all the possible spoken and unspoken consequences. this killing, assassination, act of revenge, meting out justice or whatever you want to call it, is a very dangerous precedent. it's being said that bin laden's death is a turning point, a new chapter in american life... 'we got him and we can now all feel better and get on with it'. this turning point just might create more havoc on our national, collective spiritual psyche than we bargained for.

the u.s. public seems to be in the final stages of emotional desensitization. the public clamor for death photos and/or video of bin laden makes one think of snuff films and their audiences. the fact that way too many americans needed al qaeda to confirm bin laden's death before they would accept the american government's account is slightly surreal. people's openly casual and callous discussion and defense of killing another human is absolutely chilling; brings to mind the spectators at gladiator games and other blood sports.

the world is spinning faster and faster and moving way too close to the edge of what appears to be a VERY deep abyss. as i looked around for out of control quotes realized that my mindfulness standby is what i needed to read.

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
may peace prevail on earth

Friday, May 6, 2011

amn...


in kashmir amn is the kashmiri word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

closure...


(photo from libération newspaper)
today president barack obama laid a wreath at the site of the former world trade center. the presidential visit to ground zero was meant to be "a cathartic moment for the american people". according to harold schaitberger, of the international association of firefighters, it is hoped that the wreath-laying ceremony "will provide some closure to a horrific event".
may peace prevail on earth

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

dandelions...


spring is definitely here because her heralds, the dandelions, have arrived in full force.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

la vie continue...


gathering my thoughts about osama bin laden's death and its possible implications. at the same time hoping this eye for an eye philosophy the world seems hell bent on adhering to, can stop before we're totally blind. meanwhile, la vie continue.

on the note of life continuing, wanted to post a picture of this car that sailed passed us on the LIE recently. what a beauty!
may peace prevail on earth

Monday, May 2, 2011

bin laden DEAD...


woke this morning to the news that osama bin laden was killed by u.s. navy seals. i won't celebrate his death BUT ...

(top photo of wtc from the internet, bottom photo from the ny times photo)

Sunday, May 1, 2011

mayday...


(image by banksy)
may day is synonymous with international workers' day and has become a celebration of the social and economic achievements of the labor movements. right now, before our very eyes, we are watching our labor unions attacked, crippled and neutered. all around the u.s. workers' rights are being violated with impunity. a few ceos are reaping the rewards of the 'labor of the many'; taking huge, staggering compensations while the 'little people' struggle to get by.

so as i celebrate and applaud workers around the world i am also sending out a distress signal: mayday, mayday. we have to stop the insanity occurring locally, nationally and internationally. workers uniting for a better world and quality of living isn't just an ideology but a necessity.
happy may day