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I heard this true story on NPR today as I was driving to lunch. My eyes flooded with tears, so much so that I had to pull off to the side of the road. It's a day changer! Have a listen :)
When Justin Horner, a graphic designer living in Portland, Ore., had car trouble three times in one year, he was" disgusted with the way people didn’t bother to help." Until finally, someone did.
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Everyone should stop.  That sweet family went so out of their way. I think it changed that man's way of thinking for the better. We need more stories like this every day.
 
Happy Easter from Indaba!
Photo©2014 Istvan Kerekes posted with kind permission Behold, I Make All Things New (Rev. 21:3-5) Happy Easter!
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Happy easter to you and your family my dear friend
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The Soul Exists (Good Friday)
This is the first, wildest and wisest thing I know, that the soul exists, and that it is built entirely out of attention. ~Mary Oliver Photo taken by Istvan Kerekes ©2014 and reposted here with kind permission from the photographer. Click on the photographe...
This is the first, wildest and wisest thing I know, that the soul exists, and that it is built entirely out of attention. ~Mary Oliver Photo taken by Istvan Kerekes ©2014 and reposted here with kind permission from the p...
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Thanks everyone :)
 
Phenomenal discussion of the current situation for Palestine by soon to be retiring UN Special Rapporteur, Richard Falk. He shall be missed!
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Ali Abunimah: The battle is raging everywhere, particularly here in the United States. And I thought it was important to highlight that in the book, because when you do look at the situation in Palestine on the ground–although there’s plenty of Palestinian protests and resistance, and certainly no sense of Palestinians giving up on their rights–you can easily feel the situation on the ground is stagnant at best, and deteriorating at worse. It’s deteriorating in the West Bank with Israel’s relentless theft and colonization of land. It’s deteriorating in Gaza where the siege is even tighter than ever, where in recent days you see electricity being cut off once again and Israel closing the only food and fuel crossing into Gaza. And it seems to be getting worse in present-day Israel, where it seems every other week a new racist policy is passed–most recently the law to discriminate between Palestinian Christian and Palestinian Muslim citizens of Israel.  So it’s not to discount the struggle people there are waging, but I wanted to focus on the fact that in the U.S. and other parts of the world, Palestinians are winning many battles, and Israel and the Zionist movement are really faltering in their efforts to win hearts and minds.
Ali Abunimah and his publishers at Haymarket Books knew what they were doing when they scheduled his book launch for Israeli Apartheid Week earlier this month. Abunimah’s tour has tapped into the g...
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Happy Easter Everyone!
FREESIAS  © 2008 THOM BROMMERICH with kind permission No One Knew the Name of This Day by John O’Donohue No one knew the name of this day; Born quietly from deepest night, It hid its face in light, Demanded nothing for i...
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Thank you, Ramaraj :)
 
Transformation
Photo©2014 Istvan Kerekes  posted with kind permission Behold, I Make All Things New (Rev. 21:3-5) Happy Easter!
Photo©2014 Istvan Kerekes posted with kind permission Behold, I Make All Things New (Rev. 21:3-5) Happy Easter!
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The world does not need words. It articulates itself
in sunlight, leaves, and shadows. The stones on the path
are no less real for lying uncatalogued and uncounted.
The fluent leaves speak only the dialect of pure being.
The kiss is still fully itself though no words were spoken.
 
And one word transforms it into something less or other --
illicit, chaste, perfunctory, conjugal, covert.
Even calling it a kiss betrays the fluster of hands
glancing the skin or gripping a shoulder, the slow
arching of neck or knee, the silent touching of tongues.
 
Yet the stones remain less real to those who cannot
name them, or read the mute syllables graven in silica.
To see a red stone is less than seeing it as jasper --
metamorphic quartz, cousin to the flint the Kiowa
carved as arrowheads. To name is to know and remember.
 
The sunlight needs no praise piercing the rainclouds,
painting the rocks and leaves with light, then dissolving
each lucent droplet back into the clouds that engendered it.
The daylight needs no praise, and so we praise it always --
greater than ourselves and all the airy words we summon.
 
~ Dana Gioia ~
 
(Interrogations at Noon)

 
 
 photo and poem from www.panhala.net
Joe Riley's blog.
 
 
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i did indeed he says it much better than the Bee Gees

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If this is in the least bit true, I am amazed, and overcome with new hope that our government is finally using its state legislative powers to act on conscience rather than on what will benefit us militarily or economically.
As the United States begins implementing travel restrictions on Russian officials involved in the military occupation and annexation of Crimea, there are signs that the State Department has been qu...
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Here is the whole story. It also includes the video I just posted.
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After bouncing all over the Internet, the iconic photo is coming to big screens in Times Square. It shows a sea of desperate people waiting for food in the devastated refugee camp of Yarmouk.
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Looking Out for My Brothers and Sisters Everywhere
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Counseling, Teaching English composition and literature, IT admin and support
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There is a crack in everything; that's how the light gets in. ~Anthem by Leonard Cohen
Introduction
I am a graduate student in counseling psychology I am certain that Art, Poetry and Drama can be used to alleviate or contain feelings of trauma, fear, or anxiety and also to repair, restore and heal. In that vein, I see artists, photographers, poets and actors as part of a community of healers of a wounded society and restorers of a more unified and peaceful world culture.  Currently, I am exploring how such restorative healing can take place in  children who have suffered trauma living in armed conflict as have the children in the occupied Palestinian territories and children living in protracted exile as do the many externally displaced Palestinian children of diaspora.
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I consider myself a deeply empathetic human being. In my former career, I was a college English teacher. I have found that both teaching and counseling require a similar degree of academic and emotional intelligence.
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