Tuesday, November 30, 2010
“Trust is the basis of this project,” he said. “We are willing to take the risk of vandalism or that some books will disappear. But we think having security is much more expensive.” Since the airport opened in mid-July, he said, only about a dozen books have been lost. Many more have vanished temporarily, reappearing when travelers passed through the airport on their return journeys. UNQUOTE From The New York Times.
Monday, November 29, 2010
QUOTE And yet, even in the face of catastrophe, mass culture continues to assure us that if we close our eyes, if we visualize what we want, if we have faith in ourselves, if we tell God that we believe in miracles, if we tap into our inner strength, if we grasp that we are truly exceptional, if we focus on happiness, our lives will be harmonious and complete. This cultural retreat into illusion, whether peddled by positive psychologists, by Hollywood or by Christian preachers, is magical thinking. It turns worthless mortgages and debt into wealth. It turns the destruction of our manufacturing base into an opportunity for growth. It turns alienation and anxiety into a cheerful conformity. It turns a nation that wages illegal wars and administers offshore penal colonies where it openly practices torture into the greatest democracy on earth. And it keeps us from fighting back. UNQUOTE
Here's an interview from 2007 that can serve as a good introduction to the man and his work.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
I am so grateful for the love of family and friends, and as we sit down to a home-cooked love feast of all the classics (turkey with cornbread stuff enhanced with sage grown in our own garden, gravy and mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes with pecans and brown sugar, green Bean mushroom casserole, 5 kinds of olives, 3 kinds of pies with wines and coffee and a sip of whiskey at the end) we send our warm wishes and love over the earth and pray it finds people whose day is a bit less cheerful. Peace, love and light to all the world.
Adam Sandler doing his tune :D "Fifty million Elvis fans can't be wrong"
Sit back and listen to an American classic - Arlo Guthrie doing Alice's Restaurant.
"Now it all started two Thanksgivings ago, was on - two years ago on Thanksgiving, when my friend and I went up to visit Alice at the restaurant, but Alice doesn't live in the restaurant, she lives in the church nearby the restaurant, in the bell-tower, with her husband Ray and Fasha the dog."
Monday, November 22, 2010
From the web site:
Somewhere between the hardcore reductionists who explain all things as merely the sum of their parts and greet every suggestion of spirituality with a sneer, and the unquestioning faithful who receive their beliefs full-blown from prophets and preachers, lie the skeptical but open-minded free thinkers curious to investigate their own nature and purpose in life. Are you one of them?
Readable and engaging… ways of reconciling science and religion. — Patricia Monaghan, American Library Association
A delightful romp through the labyrinths of philosophy, theology, and science.… very smart, very literary, very thrilling — a fine read. — Dr. Larry Dossey, author of Space, Time and Medicine
Whether one will agree or disagree, powerful arguments are presented for one to consider.— Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14 Astronaut Lunar Module Pilot
Bernard Haisch, an astrophysicist whose work has been reported in this magazine… also trained to be a priest, and this... is his attempt to reconcile his scientific knowledge with the idea of a purposeful universe.…Whether or not you agree, it's a compelling read.— Marcus Chown, New Scientist magazine
Friday, November 19, 2010
Get yer dancin' shoes on. Don't Touch My Junk
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
From CNN: QUOTE"So you've got a grave marker there now," Farnquist said. "And the original bell, which is the soul of the ship and the voice of the men, was brought up and it gets tolled every year in the museum gallery for those that want to come and families that want to be close."
See all the men's names, jobs and hometowns
The bell is rung once for each man lost. As many as 10 family members are expected this year to step forward and sound the bell, Farnquist said.
"We helped bring closure, or as much closure as you can, to people who couldn't recover their loved ones -- sons, fathers, husbands, grandfathers and so on, who are still lying on that ship for eternity."UNQUOTE
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Both Sides the Tweed
What's the summer with all its gay train
Or the splendour of autumn to those
Who've bartered their freedom for gain?
Let the love of our land's sacred rights
To the love of our people succeed
Let friendship and honour unite
And flourish on both sides the Tweed.
No sweetness the senses can cheer
Which corruption and bribery bind
No brightness that gloom can e'er clear
For honour's the sum of the mind
Let virtue distinguish the brave
Place riches in lowest degree
Think them poorest who can be a slave
Them richest who dare to be free
Monday, November 1, 2010
Those who have lived a life that grows in love, holiness and purity to the point that it is an icon of Christ and His Mother are the saints.
Celebrate them with much joy!
Sting sings Soul Cake "One for Peter, two for Paul, three for Him who made us all" (although it was originally a song for All Saints Day, not Yuletide!) http://www.youtube.com/watchv=OGe7LodVNBM