We drove around the valley on the evening of Christmas Day and saw this:
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
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Sunday, December 21, 2008
One of my favorite authors, John Bradshaw, is a brilliant and inspiring guy who addresses the human condition and provides insight into what ails us. Here's a passage that I have been thinking about:
" We are taught to be nice and polite. We are taught that these behaviors (most often lies) are better than telling the truth. Our churches, schools and politics are rampant with teaching dishonesty (saying things we don't mean and pretending to feel ways we don't feel). Smile when we feel sad, laugh nervously when dealing with grief, laugh at jokes we don't think are funny, tell people things to be polite that we surely don't mean." This was from the titled Bradshaw On: The Family.
I must say I have worked hard for congruency between my inner and outward self. That means I have been accused of being mean.... a price one pays for clarity of mind and soul.
Grab some of his books... they will knock you off your socks.
Friday, December 19, 2008
I had to visit a local shipping location of a customer of my employer.
I got to see the facility in its glory.
I go to see some of Superior too. It looked so dormant at 8:30 am...
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
In Art Masterpiece at school.
Tribal women in Namibia gather after the rains to repaint their mud houses using their fingers as brushes. They work in harmony and do not compete. I taught this lesson in a 5th grade class today and I asked most kids individually what they remembered. They remembered that the women worked as a group.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Ultimately, we have just one moral duty: to reclaim large areas of peace in ourselves, more and more peace, and to reflect it towards others. And the more peace there is in us, the more peace there will also be in our troubled world.
- Etty Hillesum,died in Auschwitz in 1943 at the age of 29.
From An Interrupted Life, a compilation of her diaries and letters.
Friday, December 12, 2008
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Wednesday, December 10, 2008
So let me tell you: I intend to protect my home.
Praying -- not a curse -- only the hope that my courage will not fail my love. But if by some miracle, and all our struggle, the Earth is spared, only justice to every living thing (and everything is alive) will save humankind.
- Alice Walker
The Impossible Will Take a Little While: A Citizen's Guide to Hope in a Time of Fear
Monday, December 08, 2008
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Saturday, December 06, 2008
Passear... It means going on an outing and I was promised many of those as a kid, but only a few materialized. I suppose that explains my predilection with local and free activities.