Thursday, June 30, 2011

wetaskiwin...


wetaskiwin is the cree word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

anchor...


neither should a ship rely on one small anchor, nor should life rest on a single hope. epictetus

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

change...


(internet photo)
change is bearing down on me like a high speed train; i'm on board and ready to go.

all changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another. anatole france

Monday, June 27, 2011

taika...


taika is the lithuanian word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Sunday, June 26, 2011

peace...


may peace prevail on earth

Saturday, June 25, 2011

peter falk...


(internet image)
peter falk sept 17, 1927 - june 24, 2011
may his missions be accomplished

Friday, June 24, 2011

kalinaw...


in the philippines, the cebuano word for peace is kalinaw.
may peace prevail on earth

Thursday, June 23, 2011

mudita...


have thought about resentment and envy and the two headed monster they form; hydra comes to mind. sometimes it feels as if people are 'happier' when they see others in a state of misery rather than rejoicing at the positive and good changes occurring in someone's life.

the germans have a word for it, schadenfreude; which translates as deriving pleasure from the misfortunes of others. the buddhist concept of mudita, 'sympathetic joy" or "happiness in another's good fortune', is the opposite of schadenfreude. perhaps sympathy is the operative word here. sympathy, emphathy and compassion seem to be in short supply in many areas of life.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

fifâ...


in benin, fifâ is the fon word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

keyhole...


(internet photo)
feel as if i'm peeping through a keyhole trying to catch a glimpse of the future.

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

Monday, June 20, 2011

everything...


keep thinking of seth, the entity or personality that jane roberts channeled from 1963 up until her death in 1984. the publication of the 'seth material' helped to establish roberts as one of the preeminent figures in the paranormal world. the scuttlebutt after roberts' death was that seth 'appeared' just before she died and said, "everything i told you was a lie".

that sentence, "everything i told you was a lie", could turn one's world upside down; change one's perspective and equilibrium. in sum, those seven words could shatter a treasured illusion and totally alter one's life, or in this case, death!

i'm not upset that you lied to me, i'm upset that from now on i can't believe you. nietzsche

Sunday, June 19, 2011

sundays...


may peace prevail on earth

Saturday, June 18, 2011

words...


words may show a man's wit, but actions his meaning. benjamin franklin

Friday, June 17, 2011

behavior...

behavior is the mirror in which everyone shows their image. goethe

Thursday, June 16, 2011

change...


you never change things by fighting the existing reality. to change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. buckminister fuller

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

icamera...


i'm 'mad' for the iphone camera and its apps. often when working on a film/video job i dream of picture or sound editing so i'm used to 'work' dreams. however, the other night i dreamt of testing iphone apps. the next morning i woke grabbing my camera to look at and edit photos!

i've even deleted music to make room for additional photographs and camera apps. have joined a number of iphonography groups and am displaying my 'captures' alongside the sometimes brilliant work of other iphone camera enthusiasts. in a word, am learning and am happy with some of the results.

today's photograph of the last of my peony harvest was altered with a grunge app to give it an aged, low-tech camera feel. oh the irony of using digital equipment and searching for ways to give images an early camera look.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

give us...


the rethuglicans have begun their primary season in earnest. someone should compose a campaign season prayer. it's always campaign season somewhere in this country so the prayer could be a mantra of sorts. i shall heed the call and compose a 'prayer'.

dear _____ (the supplicant fills in the appropriate salutation)
please protect us in this season of half truths, exaggeration, excessive promises and blatant lies. protect us from the corporations with money to spend and candidates to buy. shield us from the candidates who claim to hear the voice of a higher power when we know it's just their egos whispering. save us from the media and pundits who help to spin and spread the half truths. but mostly, save us from ourselves, the sometimes shallow voters who ofttimes ignore the issues and choose the candidate with the handsome face, the down-home homilies or the potential beer partner. help us to make informed choices and give us candidates who truly care about US not just the power and riches to be gained. help us to elect men and women who will fulfill our mandate not just follow in lockstep, the party line.

Monday, June 13, 2011

miisax ihom siijoz...


in mexico, miisax ihom siijoz is the seri word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Sunday, June 12, 2011

reality...


each dose of the daily news leaves me more and more speechless. at the rate this lunacy is going i'll be mute.

to quote one of my favorite geniuses... "reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. " albert einstein

Saturday, June 11, 2011

every...


every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, represents, in the final analysis, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, who are cold and are not clothed. this world in arms is not spending money alone. it is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. president dwight eisenhower

Friday, June 10, 2011

tsumukikiatu...


tsumukikiatu is the comanche word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Thursday, June 9, 2011

wisdom...


had an online chat with an acquaintance who wrote about going through a box of old photographs and the resulting trip down memory lane. i replied, "i've reconnected with former high school classmates and that's like crashing through the bushes on memory lane with a timer ticking loudly in the background."

it has been mostly pleasant to connect with people i vaguely remember, barely knew or kind of, sort of, recall that i didn't care much for 'back in the day'. with all this dredging of 'days gone by' i suppose i have 'finally gotten it'; some people really don't change very much and you either engage or ignore them.

i found a prayer when i was 11 years old or so and recited it every night for many years before falling asleep; only later did i learn it's history. it now seems quite appropriate in dealing with life in general, and in this case, people from the distant past.

"god, grant me the serenity to accept the things i cannot change, the courage to change the things i can, and the wisdom to know the difference." reinhold niebuhr

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

silence...


soon silence will have passed into legend. man has turned his back on silence. day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation... tooting, howling, screeching, booming, crashing, whistling, grinding, and trilling bolster his ego. his anxiety subsides. his inhuman void spreads monstrously like a gray vegetation. jean arp

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

change...


the more things change the more they stay the same.

Monday, June 6, 2011

inner light...


(scanned found image)
someday perhaps the inner light will shine forth from us, and then we'll need no other light. goethe

Sunday, June 5, 2011

light...


there are two kinds of light - the glow that illumines and the glare that obscures. james thurber

Saturday, June 4, 2011

organ donor...


read about a 17 year old chinese boy who sold his right kidney so he could buy an apple ipad and iphone! (this takes consumerism to an all time low and extreme.) the boy later learned that the amount he was paid, 22,000 yuan or approximately 3,000 us$, was on the low end for such a 'donation'. his mother, after discovering what had happened, filed a complaint with the police department. i will continue to follow the story to see what the outcome is.

in china there is a large demand for body organs and evidently too few donors to meet the need. (annually more than a million people need organ transplants while there are only 10,000 donations!) this shortage has created a black market for organs; internet organ brokers, corrupt officials and hospitals are profiting. some hospitals even lease their urology departments to private businessmen.

but men are so full of greed today, they'll sell anything for a little piece of money. little richard

Friday, June 3, 2011

peace...


may peace prevail on earth

Thursday, June 2, 2011

apps...


i've been learning about, downloading, testing and sometimes quickly deleting new photo apps on my iphone. it has been a great, new adventure to manipulate (or not) photographs.

all the new applications available for photographic retouching remind me of the early days of computer nonlinear video editing; way too many people were applying effects just because they could. there were times when the results were barely watchable. sometimes less really is more!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

clutch...


you can clutch the past so tightly to your chest that it leaves you too full to embrace the present. jan glidewell