WE DON’T WANT TO KNOW ABOUT IT. WE DON’T WANT TO THINK ABOUT IT. WE DON’T WANT TO WRITE ABOUT IT.

July 29, 2014 § Leave a comment

Four, currently in the media — too shameful and disturbing for words. The shocking physical and psychological damage sustained by our girls.

First:  As presented by ALWAYS in their ad: LIKE A GIRL

Second:  Chibok school girls taken now 100 days missing as of July 23rd.

Third:  John Oliver Reveals last week on Last Week Tonight the disturbingly high rate of female genital mutilation (FGM) in Egypt (91% of all married Egyptian women between the ages of 15 and 49) and other parts of the world (here according to UNICEF – FGM PDF.)

Shockingly, shamefully, there are thousands (thousands!) of girls living in the US who are sent to stay with family members abroad during their summer vacation to endure this procedure.

–> Here is a list of countries to take off your tourism list:

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Fourth:  Human trafficking specifically, sexual slavery. 15 Things We All Need To Know About America’s Appalling Child Sex Trade.

We don’t want to know about it. We don’t want to think about it. We don’t want to write about it. But only in the light can we take control, and stop these atrocities.

THE WORLD CUP

July 26, 2014 § Leave a comment

2014-world-cup-logoFans stood-up for their countries, yes, and celebrated their home teams, but they also came together with mutual respect and admiration for each other, and were for the most part good sports or so it seemed to this non-footballer, non-sportsman.

  • A moral failing that we all share, is a failure of modesty concerning our own sense of rightness. (David Brooks said that on Charlie Rose about the same time — and it was verbally well arranged for what the world cup seemed to saying to me.)
  • I’m 100% right is factually, a gross inaccuracy.
  • I’m 1/2 wrong and you’re 1/2 right is closer to the truth without a doubt, and its acknowledgement and ownership dispels defensiveness, and unfixes polarization, and allows us to interact and become acquainted with similar tastes, allowing us to better understand and eventually form respect for dissimilarities, which leads to feeling ok about ourselves, and others, and frees us to form greater cooperation and social trust, and a greater ability to open for agreement and compromise, and further new ideas of possibilities, which furthers our sense of intellectual morality.
  • Which to me, seems far more productive and expansive than any specific, little opinion I might be defending in my little head.
  • I would like to see more structure, think tanks, representation and representatives populating this middle way of I’m ½ wrong and you’re ½ right — not just lobbyists ever pulling towards their sense of rightness and exclusivity.

Rumi’s poem comes to mind for some reason:

Out beyond ideas of wrong doing and right doing,

there is a field.

I’ll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass,

the world is too full to talk about.

Ideas, language, even the phrase each other

doesn’t make any sense.

FIRST KISS by Tatia PIlieva

March 11, 2014 § Leave a comment

See this enchanting 3:28 film FIRST KISS by Tatia PIlieva.

We asked twenty strangers to kiss for the first time….

Published to YouTube on Mar 10, 2014, Film presented by WRENMusic by Soko “We Might be Dead Tomorrow”

JOHN F. KENNEDY 5/29/17 – 11/22/63

November 22, 2013 § Leave a comment

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“SHH! THAT MEANS THERE’S A FIREWORK COMING,” BUT, TONIGHT YOU BELONG TO ME

September 27, 2013 § Leave a comment

YOU BELONG TO ME

There are always fireworks coming, but as long as there are parents (Benjamin Ames) who sing late night lullabies with their children (Adelaide) to strums on pink ukuleles, I think the odds are better than even that the fireworks on sleepless nights – will be mostly delightful. (Richard Dawkins and Jon Stewart – 2013)

TONIGHT YOU BELONG TO ME

TONIGHT YOU BELONG TO ME

TONIGHT YOU BELONG TO ME

Tolkien, speaking through Gandalf, seems to agree.

Galadriel:  Mithrandir, why the Halfling?

Gandalf:  I don’t know. Saruman believes that it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I have found it is the small things, everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keeps the darkness at bay; simple acts of kindness and love. Why Bilbo Baggins? Perhaps it is because I am afraid, and he gives me courage.

 

Tonight You Belong To Me:

by Travis Preston and Koko Laroo – 2012

by Eddie Vedder and Cat Power – 2011

by Zooey Deschenel and Ben Schwartz - 2011

by Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters from The Jerk – 1979

by The Lennon Sisters – 1956

by Gene Austin – 1927

I SOUND MY BARBARIC YAWP OVER THE ROOFS OF THE WORLD

October 30, 2012 § Leave a comment

SERGIO ROMO

Like all poets, living and dead, The San Francisco Giants 2012.

I too am not a bit tamed—I too am untranslatable;
I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world.
Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass, 1900

PLAY

July 4, 2012 § 2 Comments

without your watch

or your phone.

express yourself

to a fan.

dance,

sing,

ask profound questions.

think deeply,

and broadly,

and don’t forget the peanuts.

ask a friend

to paint,

to draw,

to make something

glow.

oh yes,

seek great fortune.

jump at the chance.

touch someone

in their mind.

construct cloud concepts.

learn something new.

eat for color.

surprise yourself.

go

perhaps to sea

oh, you’ll see.

and write

it all down.

happy summer!

  • The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together: our virtues would be proud, if our faults whipped them not; and our crimes would despair, if they were not cherished by our virtues.
    ~William Shakespeare
    All’s Well That Ends Well
    Act IV, Scene III – 4.3.84
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