Every Color’s Purpose

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One secret pathway to happiness is discovering the colorful purposefulness in the work you do each day, however small it may seem to you. Work ennobles the soul and each effort you bring results in change. Let it be a change for good.

The Night of the Mantis

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as summer ends and autumn begins, the prayer of the Night Mantis soars to heaven that it may be heard even amid the destruction.

Be Open…to The Arts, to Progress, to Love

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Adelphi University, Long Island, NY has undertaken an ambitious initiative in a year-long, cross-curriculum endeavor to explore the Changing Nature of War and Peace. http://collaboration-project.adelphi.edu/initiatives/changing-nature-of-war-and-peace/

Thursday, September 4th, Dr. Cornel West spoke to an overflowing campus Performing Arts Center about the need and scope of arts in bringing awareness, understanding and “love” for others in fostering empathy. The Youth Choir – a few members as young as 3 yrs. old- of the Greater Allen Cathedral performed to a standing ovation. “EX-cellent” still rings in my mind! And the “acapella” Voices of Virtue inspired oh-so profoundly with their harmony and spirit! Groups like the Adelphi Music Department students and Kids for Coltrane brought notes of hope in realizing that without the arts and creativity, “spirit” remains elusive. And for the first time in a L_O_N_G time, I heard people admit that without spirit, we are less than human.

 

 

 

 

To the Nay-Sayers….

I met a gentle man at the U.N. Conference on August 28th who made me cry.  This excerpt from his blog and his book confirm that his journey can be no less painful than any others…especially those who sustain all the hate in the world…and efforts of peace as futile..

“At the age of eight, I buried my Father, Mother and four other family members. As a war orphan, I searched garbage cans to survive in Japan’s family-centric society. I was a reminder that Japan lost the War, and I grew up in an atmosphere of contempt, shame and guilt, fighting an icy society that shunned me, a fatherless child. A proud Number One Son of a samurai family, I vowed to avenge the death of my Father and I came to America to fulfill that vow.”

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http://www.hiroshima-forgiveness-tanemori.com/

 

 

Willful Destruction of Olive Trees leaves No Olive Branches

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“Hungry and thirsty, their life was wasting away within them.” A lost people, besieged with few resources they attempt to develop being destroyed…restricted access to food, crops, work, water, movement in their places. Hunger, thirst, hopelessness from freedom repressed.  Is it so difficult to “see” and understand the consequences and results from this brand of treatment?

October 19, 2013. (AFP Photo / Jaafar Ashtiyeh)

 

 

Threnody of the Cicada

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Without first being able to recognize the Spirit in all that surrounds us, we will seal our fate by realizing nothing but an empty shell.

End of Summer Moon

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Sometimes, the moon seems to speak to me, quietly, privately, especially when my soul is willing to accept its company.

End of Summer Salad

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Leftover salmon, belgian endive, pecans, rocket lettuce, garden green beans, flat parsley and lovely light-blue borage flowers. My grandmother grew borage plants in the garden of my childhood memories. Come to discover now that the plant is used for regulating metabolism, its oil which is high in GLA  helps “good levels” of cholesterol, and regulates cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and vascular disorders. Wisdom of the ancients!