Tuesday, January 31, 2012

shadow...


shadow owes its birth to light. john gay

Monday, January 30, 2012

âsûdaî...


in brahui, which is spoken in pakistan, afghanistan and iran, âsûdaî is the word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Sunday, January 29, 2012

water towers...


love the water towers which dot the new york skyline.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

moment...


for most of us, there is only the unattended
moment, the moment in and out of time,
the distraction fit, lost in a shaft of sunlight,
the wild thyme unseen, or the winter lightning
or the waterfall, or music heard so deeply
that it is not heard at all, but you are the music
while the music lasts. t. s. eliot

Friday, January 27, 2012

peace...


may peace prevail on earth

Thursday, January 26, 2012

moments...


the future hasn't happened yet and the past is gone. so think the only moment we have is right here and now, and i try to make the best of those moments, the moments that i'm in. annie lennox

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

warriors...


the most powerful warriors are patience and time. leo tolstoy

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

help...


last night watched my first rethuglican presidential debate of the 2012 cycle. helpppppppppp!!! the only man among the boys, who made any sense, was ron paul and he's not going to be the gop nominee. the teabaggers consider paul an extremist! if one of the other three, santorum, romney or heaven forbid, gingrich are elected, george w bush is going to look like the opening act for a long, long nightmare.

tonight is president obama's state of the union address. i would say the state of the union is pretty dismal and calling for more hope might not put a big dent in all this misery. but who am i??? merely an observer!

there are bound to be fireworks once the address is over. i'm sure we can expect major disrespect towards the potus from the gop and their minions before, during and after the speech. once barack is finished the attack dogs will come racing, teeth bared and gleaming, slobber flying, to provide their version of why 'this president', as they pointedly refer to him, is wrong.

g_d bless america because she is in desperate need of assistance. kind of think we're on our own.

Monday, January 23, 2012

peace...


may peace prevail on earth

Sunday, January 22, 2012

beware...


beware of your thoughts, they become your words. beware of your words, they become your actions. beware of your actions, they become your habits. beware of your habits, they become your character. beware of your character, it becomes your destiny. anonymous

Saturday, January 21, 2012

sanpakā...


in the sudovian language once spoken in the baltics, sanpakā was the word for peace.
may peace prevail on earth

Friday, January 20, 2012

cities...


love the constant movement of cities while also appreciating the silence and stillness they provide.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

people...


people are just as happy as they make up their minds to be. abraham lincoln

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

iron lady...


saw the "iron lady" yesterday. meryl streep is AMAZING!!! one thing is certain, all of us, even the powerful, if we live long enough, get old and some of us even talk to dead people.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

books...


the other day on one of my social sites there was a photo flashmob, books were the subject. i posted a picture of my 21st century reader, my kindle.

i spent many years working in different capacities in various libraries; checking books in and out, sorting, shelving and researching. i used to buy, collect and proudly display my beloved volumes. with each apartment move, after sorting, donating, packing and moving boxes of books i swore i would stop buying them. for the most part, i have stopped purchasing books in their hard copy form, although i still succumb to photography books. mostly though, my words are delivered electronically!

still go to bookstores to see what's available. i study the cover art and touch the pages but i am no longer seduced by the need to possess the physical copy, the book. i no longer want to carry a slender volume or a tome around; they all seem too "heavy". now i just whip out my kindle, my reading glasses and get busy!

in some very small measure feel i have achieved a tiny sliver in the pursuit of non attachment.

Monday, January 16, 2012

peace...


may peace prevail on earth

Sunday, January 15, 2012

MLK...


(internet photo)
Martin Luther King, Jr
jan 15, 1929 - april 4, 1968
happy birthday dr. king... we, all americans, are grateful for your sacrifice.
may your missions be accomplished

Saturday, January 14, 2012

flight...


when once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return. leonard da vinci

Friday, January 13, 2012

okikiamgenoka...


in mesopotamia the akkadian word for peace was okikiamgenoka.
may peace prevail on earth

Thursday, January 12, 2012

bar...


taken yesterday in the modern at moma.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

birthday...


happy birthday bp!!!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

luck &...


good luck and prosperity only 19.99.

Monday, January 9, 2012

light...


light gives of itself freely, filling all available space. it does not seek anything in return; it asks not whether you are friend or foe. it gives of itself and is not thereby diminished. michael strassfeld

Sunday, January 8, 2012

peace...


may peace prevail on earth

Saturday, January 7, 2012

sacrifice...


the victims of what i call the green massacre or christmas' collateral damage, as a friend calls it, have begun to appear curb side. thank goodness new york, paris and other communities have instituted recycling programs which reduce the trees to wood chips and mulch. these chips and mulch are then distributed to neighborhood parks and community gardens.

i have witnessed odd things done to unwanted christmas trees, such as being pushed out of a fourth floor apartment window to the ground below but perhaps the most disturbing thing occurred in nashville.

a couple of years ago bp and i were in nashville and saw a very large christmas tree tied to a jeep's trailer hitch. with tinsel streaming, the tree was being dragged rapidly down the street. there was something so violent and inherently wrong and disrespectful about the image it was painful to view. at that time these words popped into my mind, "that tree died for your christmas enjoyment, show a little respect."

Friday, January 6, 2012

beware...


beware of your thoughts, they become your words. beware of your words, they become your actions.
beware of your actions, they become your habits. beware of your habits, they become your character.
beware of your character, it becomes your destiny. anonymous

Thursday, January 5, 2012

direction...


train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it. proverbs 22:6

i am not prone to quote biblical verse nor am i even talking religion here; this saying merely expresses a common sense notion. when i look at a certain segment of american early twenty-somethings and yes, sometimes pass judgement on their behavior and apparent lack of understanding of what is 'right and/or wrong' the above proverb comes to mind. and yes, yes, i know about judging and casting stones, etc. but in the past few months have gotten to spend a LOT of time with young men in this age group and it has been, shall we say, enlightening.

it is usually inferred that 'giving the child the direction to go' is meant in the most positive fashion but we all know the examples children are provided are often the things they cling to in adulthood. we cling to things until we have the experience and/or training to release them when necessary.

my aunt used to say, "one day you will thank me" and while some of her techniques for teaching life lessons were sometimes less than desirable, i do thank her for helping to provide a foundation to decipher what is right and wrong and/or timely and appropriate.

what i truly understand is the difference in socializing material that is beamed through the airways to children and young people; the violence, the easy money and how to get it, the bling and culture of materialism.

not denying it is easy as a non-parent to critique child rearing practices and i do not mean to do that. i am just aware that raising children is probably one of the most important tasks people can accept and when you've been an observer of a particular child from the onset and look at some of the results it can be slightly off-putting and dare i say, disappointing.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

nutifafa...


in the ewe language, spoken in west africa, nutifafa is the word for peace
may peace prevail on earth

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

peace...


may peace prevail on earth

Monday, January 2, 2012

book...


we will open the book. its pages are blank. we are going to put words on them ourselves. the book is called “opportunity” and its first chapter is new year’s day." edith l. pierce

Sunday, January 1, 2012

2012...


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
may peace prevail on earth