Sunday, July 30, 2006

Heal This Planet Please!

Ah... the lore of the Sunday paper. I have not really read any of the bad news in it for the past two weeks. Last week i read the sales, comics and the art section. Could not bear to read the front page. But there it was this bed ... with my coffee that i peaked and then peaked somemore. Bad idea. All bad, sad news. Nothing is changed. In fact i am sure things have gotten worse. Is that possible? HOW is that possible?

So we are cancelling the Sunday paper. Ignorance is bliss. I have been a happier person since i have let go of being addicted to the news. My worrying about the stupidity of our world leaders does not help anyone. On some level i am sure it makes it worse. Maybe if we all ignore them they will go away. Instead of Impeach Bush bumper stickers we could have Ignore Bush.

There is one reality that none of us can ignore. This planet needs healing. Maybe i will add a Visualize World Healing design soon! Meanwhile here is one that is appropriate.

Healing the Planet design

Monday, July 24, 2006

Artists for Peace

It has been almost 2 weeks since I have watched or read news. So nice not to be bombarded with images of things blowing up and flames raging in the background of Wolf Blitzer's head.

However today while at the laundra-mat, MSNBC was blaring in the background. Wow... the Middle East is fighting again... shocker.... and Tucker Carlson screaming from somewhere over there was not even wearing his bow-tie.... so it must be war! Ok...I do admit i peaked... however I was not tempted to go home and watch more.

This past weekend I watched a very interesting dvd called THE SECRET. It had to do with the power of creating a world you choose to live in. It's message was to focus on the positive. So if you are against war then be Pro-peace. If you are focused on being against the war or poverty or crime you only give it more power. (Sort of like the War on Terror isn't really doing very well.)

You can watch the dvd on the website The Secret
Please note that the website is very slow and takes a long time to load. It is worth the wait! I am hoping soon that the library will have it.

Artists for Peace on clothing and gifts

Thursday, July 20, 2006

got chi?

got chi?
If not do some Tai Chi.. Qi Gong.. Yoga... Try Acupuncture... Shiatsu... Take your vitamins...
Eat your veggies ....

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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Crayola Warfare

I am still on my kick to start a revolution with crayons. Wouldn't it be nice if all we had to worry about was what color crayons were in our kid's backpacks?

Maybe Donald Rumsfeld didn't have crayolas as a kid. Could it be that giving your kid a box of crayolas now is a way to prevent him or her from starting the next world war?

Should we send a few boxes over to the UN? ....the Pentagon?...Middle East?

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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Send in the Crayons

On the way home from a most peaceful weekend in the mountains we were forced to stop on the Mass Turnpike for gas. The only option was a huge Exxon complex with a McDonalds, Ben and Jerry's and a Donut chain. To use the restrooms one is forced to walk through this mall of sugar and grease. Wouldn't you know that there were TVs posted all around simultaneously playing non other than...... FOX NEWS rambling on about the Middle East blowing up.
Could someone please send those guys some crayons and change the station?

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Monday, July 17, 2006

The Monks and their Dogs of New Skete

A proverb in the time of Saint Bernard
Who loves me will love my dog also.--Sermo Primus.

I have just returned from a visit with the Monks of New Skete and their German Shepherds. It was such an inspiration to watch the Monks with their dogs. There is such a mutual bond of love and respect between them. The dogs are happy....very happy. The monks are down to earth men who seem to be able to balance living in this world and the spiritual side of it. It was amazing to experience it. So refreshing to see a religious group walk their talk and at the same time just be normal folks.

Their monastery is located in the mountains of NY and while there I felt as if I were in a remote European village. It was quiet, peaceful and only the sound of birds and the occasional bark. I was fortunate to be able to watch Brother Christopher train a few dogs. All i can say is....WOW! Anyone who has a dog or is thinking about getting a dog should read their books. For more info check out their website.
The Monks of New Skete
As I write this the monks are doing their nightly Vesper service. I have a feeling the dogs are too.

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Thursday, July 13, 2006

We miss you Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo
7-6- 1907 to 7-13-1954

"I hope the leaving is joyful and I hope never to return."

In Memory of Frida who flew away 52 years ago....
Art Never Dies.

Monday, July 10, 2006

The Blessing Moon and Festival of Tara

Happy Full Moon!

In the Buddhist tradition, this Full Moon marks the Festival of Tara, the female deity of compassion.

7/7 to 7/14: Mahayana Buddhist festival of Tara/Kuan Yin/Kannon, Supreme Goddess of Nature and Perfect Buddha of many emanations; celebrates Her enlightenment and Her vow to help all sentient beings. [Buddhists act daily on their vows to help all sentient beings.] [6th Chinese month, 12th to 19th days]

* 7/11: Day Tibetan and Mahayana Buddhists do good deeds and chant the name of Buddha God Amitabha/Omito/Amida to gain entry to His Pure Land and aid in attaining nirvana. [a/k/a Amitabha Buddha Day, 15th day, UT Full Moon day]

May the Compassion of Tara, Kuan Yin and Amitabha pour down onto this planet.

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Sunday, July 09, 2006

Tazza Del Mundo!

Gli Italiani hanno vinto la tazza del mondo!
È un miracolo
Ravioli for all tonight!

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Yin Yang Ba Gua

The concept of Yin and Yang and the Ba Gua according to Wikipedia:

Everything can be described as both yin and yang.

1. Yin and yang are opposites.

Everything has its opposite—although this is never absolute, only relative. No one thing is completely yin or completely yang. Each contains the seed of its opposite. For example, winter can turn into summer; "what goes up must come down".

2. Yin and yang are interdependent.

One cannot exist without the other. For example, day cannot exist without night. Light cannot exist without darkness.

3. Yin and yang can be further subdivided into yin and yang.

Any yin or yang aspect can be further subdivided into yin and yang. For example, temperature can be seen as either hot or cold. However, hot can be further divided into warm or burning; cold into cool or icy. Within each spectrum, there is a smaller spectrum; every beginning is a moment in time, and has a beginning and end, just as every hour has a beginning and end.Click here for the rest of this Wikipedia entry on Yin and Yang

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Thursday, July 06, 2006

Happy Birthday Frida Kahlo!
Viva the Uni-brow!

Frida Kahlo (July 6, 1907 -July 13, 1954)

I finally got it...this is the way things are and the rest is just window dressing"
-Frida Kahlo

Frida is one of my favorite artists and such an inspiration.
Her art lives on and on.
So today in honor of Frida, go ahead... wear a uni-brow...
put on some red lipstick and have a few margaritas!

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Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Happy Birthday to
His Holiness the Dalai Lama!

Happy Birthday to His Holiness, Tenzin Gyatso
Born July 6, 1935

"All of us human beings want freedom and the right to determine our own destiny as individuals and as peoples."

- His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

Sunday, July 02, 2006

There's No Place Like OM

Just Say Om!

With 4th of July around the corner I thought it best not to post anything political that would only make us sad or angry. Instead here is the Word OM and Symbol for it. May this holiday be filled with the compassion and love expressed by this.

Just say Om!

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There is so much to explain concerning the word Om and the symbol that I thought it best to have this link to Wikipedia which explains it much better than I could.

Click here for the Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia article

Aum (also Om, ) is the most sacred syllable in Hinduism, symbolizing the infinite Brahman and the entire Universe. This syllable is sometimes called the "Udgitha" or "pranava mantra" (primordial mantra), because it is considered to be the primal sound, and because most mantras begin with it. It first came to light in the Vedic Tradition. As a seed syllable (bija), it is also considered holy in Esoteric Buddhism.

The Aum symbol is a ligature of Devanagari + (oṃ, encoded in Unicode at U+0950 , the Tibetan script variant at U+0F00).