Céad Míle Fáilte ~ A Hundred Thousand Welcomes!

Here we seek a rest in the shade, some cool water and a little kindness. This blog is dedicated to peace, truth, justice and a post- industrial, post-petroleum illumined world in spite of all odds against it. I very much like the line about the ancient knight (see poem below) "His helmet now shall make a hive for bees" It is reminiscent of "beating swords into ploughshares" a sentiment I heartily approve of. Thank you for visiting ~ I hope you return!

Waterfall Animation Pictures, Images and Photos

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Help Haiti Now

The devastation from the recent earthquake disaster in Haiti is huge. Please help now if you are able to by donating through a recognized and established relief agency. Also please pray for the victims and their families and friends. Here are a few links to get you started.

American Friends Service Committee
American Red Cross
Catholic Relief Services
International Orthodox Christian Charities IOCC

Saturday, January 9, 2010


It is -11 F here in lovely Lincoln, Nebraska this morning. That's a bit on the chilly side. Hope you are warm, wherever you are.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Happy Birthday Stephen Hawking

Although his physics blows my mind,
With history of space and time,
I super - like and admire a guy
With so much moxy, verve and "try".

Happy Birthday Professor!! May the Divine WOW bless you now!

Daily Economic Update

Robert Denner makes more sense than any twenty "professional" financial reporters/observers rolled together and sifted. It is my great pleasure to introduce his brand-new blog, Daily Economic Update. I know Robert from the LATOC forum, where you can get your daily dose of doom and more importantly, some truly fine out-of-the-box thinking. Click on over to the Daily Economic Update and see for yourself!


Tuesday, January 5, 2010

January 6 is Epiphany and the Birthday of Joan of Arc

Tomorrow ends the twelve days of Christmas, with the coming of the Three Kings and the Baptism of Christ in the Jordan both being celebrated at Epiphany-Theophany. He comes forth as an infant to the wise rulers of men, the Kings from the Orient, and He comes forth to the entire world after sanctifying the waters when John the Baptist baptized Him Who Made all things. And the Voice of the Father spoke, and the Spirit in the form of a dove confirmed His Words.
We three kings Pictures, Images and Photos
Theophany of Christ - 2 Pictures, Images and Photos
Tomorrow is also the birthday of a wonderful saint, known in America as Joan of Arc ~ Jehanne d'Arc ~ The "Maid of Heaven". It is very significant that Saint Joan was born on Epiphany-Theophany because she not only led her people to freedom in this world but she ultimately led them, and generations since, to the freedom that is found through Christ Our Lord. In the manner of Patrick of Ireland, she has adopted her people, the people of France and their diaspora, for all eternity.

"I was brought up with Joan the Maid next door to her father's house. I know that she was good, simple, pious, fearing God and his saints; she went often and of her own will to church and to sacred places, caring for the sick and giving alms to the poor; this I saw myself, for when I was a child I myself was sick and Joan came to comfort me. . . ." - Simonin Musnier - farmer and childhood friend of Joan

Joan of Arc Pictures, Images and Photos

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Dolphins Recognized

Dolphins have been declared the world’s second most intelligent creatures after humans, with scientists suggesting they are so bright that they should be treated as “non-human persons”.
Jonathan Leake, Times Online 3 January 2010

Not sure what he means by "non-human persons" but it sure is nice to see them being recognized for the brilliant creatures they are. After all, they certainly seem to enjoy life more than humans do, and wreak much less havoc on earth' s other species.

dolphin 25 Pictures, Images and Photos

Saturday, January 2, 2010

First Fridays ~ North Lincoln Art Scene

On Friday, January 8, 2010 Against the Wall Gallery, Heart of Gold Jewelers, LUX Center for the Arts, Mo Java Café, and the lichen will again participate in the North Lincoln Art Crawl. Crawl organizer and LUX Center staff member, Carlos Guerrero says, “Last month’s Crawl was a success for everyone involved. We plan to continue working together for months to come to showcase the variety of great artwork in North Lincoln.”

Gallery maps will be provided at each of the galleries.

Against the Wall Gallery, located at 6220 Havelock Avenue, will be open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Featured works by local painters, photographers, sculptors, jewelers, potters and textile artists will be on display.

Heart of Gold Jewelers, located at 2634 N 48th Street in Studioville, will be open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Featured artists are wood worker, Jay Schmidt; photographer, Mina Lee; potter, Pam Huckins; potter, Larry Pelter; and metalsmiths and Heart of Gold Jewelers & Gallery owners, Antonia and Charles Yost.

LUX Center for the Arts, located at 2601 N 48th Street, will be open from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. LUX Center for the Arts presents the work of Pulitzer Prize winning artist Ovie Carter in Through-the-Lens. This exhibition is a retrospective of this Chicago based photographer who is best known for his photojournalism produced from 1969-2004 when he worked for the Chicago Tribune. The photographs in this exhibition chronicle the lives of inner-city children and adults and are at the LUX Center courtesy of the Chicago Tribune.

Xanthous Mermaid Mechanics continues through January 30. Artist Brion Poloncic explores a wonderfully complex narrative of his imagination and experiences using pen and ink drawings.

Mo Java Café, located at 2649 N 48th Street, will have an art opening from 5 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and live music from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

the lichen, located at 2810 N 48th Street, will be open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. In collaboration with The Click Clique, a local group of emerging digital artists, the lichen presents, Unclaimed Baggage. This exhibition showcases artwork that explores and “unpacks” emotional baggage, in preparation for the New Year.