Book Review

Moseying Through My Eighties

Book review: Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton and the Greatest Commandment, Radical love in Times of Crisis by Julie Leininger Pycior

Those active in social justice issues during the effervescent ‘60’s as well as younger folks will enjoy reading about activities of the headliners of the era as chronicled by Pycior in her new book. She uses personal journals and letters between Merton and Day to tell how they and other luminaries of the era managed to stay true to their faith at a time of vast social unrest and skepticism.

American Church figures of the 1960’s are the object of the dialogue between the two: Dan and Phil Berrigan, Eileen Egan, Cesar Chavez, Cardinal Spellman, Philip Maurin, Dom Helder Camera, Joan Baez, John XXIII, Corita Kent, Sargent Shriver, Mary Luke Tobin, Martin Luther King and others in civil rights and social justice movements. For those who lived through this turbulent…

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Be Interesting

Kevin Barrett's Blog

When I was 15, I spent a month working on an archeological dig.  I was talking to one of the archeologists one day during our lunch break and he asked those kinds of “getting to know you” questions you ask young people:  Do you play sports?  What’s your favorite subject?  And I told him, no I don’t play any sports.  I do theater, I’m in choir, I play the violin and piano, I used to take art classes.
And he went WOW.  That’s amazing!  And I said,  “Oh no, but I’m not any good at ANY of them.
And he said something then that I will never forget and which absolutely blew my mind because no one had ever said anything like it to me before:  “I don’t think being good at things is the point of doing them.  I think you’ve got all these wonderful experiences…

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What is Life ?_Poetry


Image Source – Kriti @Brightway

What is life ?

When I think to write,
So many facets arrive,

In a way you were created,
Life is a miracle of nature,

Fought to arrive and to alive,
Life is a struggle to survive,

Innocence and purity of a child,
Life is to get mature with time,

An emotional roller coaster ride,
Life is to control emotions and rise,

Marks and degree in colleges,
Life is about all the knowledge,

Skills in a field of your interest,
Life is all about the experiences,

Love, friendship and family,
Life is not about other luxury,

Being capable to pay enough,
Life is to give some for donations,

To keep your dreams alive,
Life is to be motivated every time,

To be in any type of healthy relation,
Life is to love, respect and understand,

Money is not everything to exist but,
Life is…

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# हर ब्लॉग कुछ कहता है #..18


समय कटता नहीं

शिकायत है सभी की, समय कटता नहीं ..

कोशिश तो करते है , समय बटता नहीं

आदमी दोहरी बातें करने का आदि है ,

दोस्तों से कहता है , समय मिलता नहीं .||.


कभी कभी ज़िन्दगी में ऐसी परिस्थितियाँ आ जाती है कि मन बेचैन हो जाता है | समझ में नहीं आता है कि इसका मुकाबला कैसे किया जाए. |

जी हाँ दोस्तों .. मैं आज के वर्तमान स्थिति, जिसे हम कोरोनाकाल भी कह सकते है, कि बात कर रहा हूँ |

पिंजरे में कैद जानवरों की तरह हम सभी लगभग डेढ़ साल से अपने घरों में कैद है | हमलोगों की सारी दिनचर्या अस्त – व्यस्त हो गयी है | यह भी पता नहीं है कि यह स्थिति कब सामान्य होगी ?

मैं आज बहुत दिनों के बाद मोर्निंग वाक के लिए पार्क में गया था | वहाँ पहले से स्थिति काफी बदली –…

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78 – Creativity *

Beach Walk Reflections: Thoughts from thinking while walking

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I like walking on the beach. It’s good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

Creativity is a powerful word – so are related words create and creative. These words of similar meaning, but create is the verb, creativity the noun, and creative the adjective – but today I think of these words as a collective.

My first thought is about those creative with their hands – sewists, quilters, crafters, 3-dimensional artists as…

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Heaven On Earth

Friends, I required some time off from here as some of you probably noticed. Yes I am well and strong, thank you. Yet still working on my gardens, I am realizing that what I am creating has a very high frequency, so I must include a gentle notice that if your heart is open you will come away viewing my flowers in a higher State of Being. [a good thing!] Be it as it may, these flowers are gorgeous any way you see them.

I return here with a Message. Those of us who are ready, who have prepared for these exceptional times will step into a Reality beyond our dreams. Some of you may already be noticing things here and there that are “new”. The old Matrix is crumbling, thank God. The veil is lifting and New Earth has begun to be experienced. Have any of you noticed the…

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Framing the Exposure

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Crystal Beach
Palm Harbor, FL
Tamron 24mm @f8
[Copyright Andy Richards 2021]
A  SHORT TIME AGO, I posted an image using a compositional technique known as “framing” on Facebook. I commented that it was not my favorite approach to composition, although I have tried it a few times. That got a few comments, which then motivated me to go back and try something else. So maybe FB is good for something, after all 🙂 . While I don’t often engage in “framing” as a compositional technique, I have made a (very) few that I have felt “worked, like the Crystal Beach sunrise image; and some that I personally do not get very excited about, like the shot from a castle in Northern Ireland. I think its a technique that has to be used sparingly and carefully. The Northern Ireland shot is a good example. No matter what camera angle I…

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Observe and create

Heroes Not Zombies

What are some of the core characteristics of being human?

Well, this photo reminds me of two of them.

Observe and create.

We are great at observing. When we slow down, take our time, and really pay attention, then we notice details, see connections, discern patterns, understand underlying themes and aspects of reality. I think this is one of our key powers. Yet, too often, we are too busy, or too distracted and life passes us by.

This is maybe one of the best ways I know to improve the quality of every day life – observe – just notice – just pay attention – just become aware. When we interact with whatever we pay attention to, we develop a deeper understanding – a deeper understanding of what we are observing, of reality, and of ourselves.

We have tremendous powers of observation, which entwine perception with analysis, re-cognition and imagination…

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De ochii lunii

ore de drum

Paris, 2019

Vă doriți luna de pe cer? V-o dăruiesc. Solemnă și discretă, m-a invitat în sferele înalte ale unei expoziții la Grand Palais pentru că, știm bine, ea guvernează artele, inspirația și clarviziunea.

Cei care o urmăresc pas cu pas susțin că tot ea garantează eficacitatea actelor de magie, cum sugerează și Ivan Kramskoy,

are în grijă instinctele, e stăpâna dispoziției zilelor de luni si a intuiției feminine.

Istoria chipurilor sale începe odată cu egiptenii care susțin că zeul lunii, Khonsu, are cap de șoim.

În America latină, -Bolivia și Peru-, s-au imaginat semiluni creștine cu simboluri incașe,

dar în America centrală este, încă, patroana șamanilor.

În Japonia secolului 19, Soma se impune ca o zeiță respectabilă.

În hinduism, apare sub chipul tânărului Chandra, numele curent al lunii, aflată în grupul celor nouă planete importante care influențează soarta omului. Instalat pe un dispozitiv cu rotile care îi permite aceeași…

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Dance or play

Dance has a substance of reality , a journey of observer and to be observed at the same time . play in play is illusion not a illumination . nice poetry of silence .
love all.

Priyanshi shah

Wondering who I am,

I understood right now I am the observer,

Looking at the drama, occurring inside me,

Where my energies are creating a melody,

And my mind is tinkering,

With all the hustle and bustle,

With all the what if’s,

With all the concerns,

Jumping from one emotion to another,

Feels like running and running constantly,

But unexpectedly there entered a voice,

Inviting my mind to close my eyes,

To be gentle,

To be quiet and stay,

To sense that energy around me,

I am standing calmly,

And merely that very moment I felt alive.

Just like staring at beautiful hues of sunset.

All-day our mind conveys myths of the past, the guilt of loss, betrayal of self,

In an illusionary conception and we imitate our drama on it,

Composing a play with all details of our entire life,

Don’t we all do that?

Then why it feels…

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“Where flowers bloom, so does hope.”

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Brahman is the concept of the supreme spirit found in Hinduism. Brahman is the unchanging, infinite, immanent, and transcendent reality which is the Divine Ground of all matter, energy, time, space, being, and everything beyond in this universe. The nature of Brahman is described as transpersonal, personal and impersonal by different philosophical schools.

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Karma philosophy- Is it for real ?

A Word to the World

Hello beautiful world, I am Manisha. I am an upcoming nutritionist, yoga enthusiast. I am passionate about lifestyle, fitness, nutrition and mental health. I am an easy person to talk to and I am mostly there to help people in need or for people who just need an ear. I have a slight tinge of spirituality and this possibility is because I am an astrologer too. My philosophy for life is that we are not just born to make money and have lunch and dinners. Life is more than that and we must always be ready to learn and unlearn. (Ditch that EgO dude!)

We are all students in this universe and we must stick to it. That is, one must always be a student for a lifetime. Which means, life will never be the same smooth path that it was once. Our past, present and future events are all…

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The Roxna Rollercoaster

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[8 MINUTE READ] A review of Roxna Swamy’s book about her maverick husband


Stories & Newspapers

Newspapers must be read with the caution of a minesweeper. Their pages are designed to manipulate and hypnotise us to buy or believe – to facilitate the transaction of money and power.

“We are not in the newspaper business, we are in the advertising business.” – Vineet Jain, owner,Times of India

A quote which saves me the effort of having to belabour the point.

When I read newspapers, I look at their façade and always wonder what the real story is. And yesterday I got to read one. It was subtitled ‘a roller coaster ride’. I started the book after a light lunch and hurtled through it by bedtime – by when my head was spinning.

It is written by a woman who has had a ringside view of the politics of our…

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16 dintr-o expoziție

ore de drum

Paris, 2019

Din cele douăzeci și șapte de mii de tablouri aflate în colecția muzeului Pușkin, la Moscova, două sute au călătorit pentru prima dată în Occident, la Fundația Custodia din Paris (rue de Lille, 121), un spațiu cu expoziții de calitate. Colecția a aparținut aristocrației rusești și a intrat în posesia muzeului Pușkin prin naționalizările post-revoluționare. Am ales câteva compoziții rare de grafică, acuarelă și pictură semnate de mari maeștri, vi le prezint și vouă, cu mica lor poveste.

Ați întâlnit vreodată o sibilă ?


Nu v-ar strica, pentru că sibila are darul profeției. Dar, vă previn, nu-i ușor să-i descâlcești vorbele. Cea de aici are o vârstă venerabilă, e din secolul 15 și e solitară. De obicei, ele se prezentau într-un grup de douăsprezece, nu întâmplător în perfectă simetrie cu cei doisprezece apostoli. Aceste personaje, precum și oracolele din cărțile sibilinice, au fost integrate în iconografia creștină.


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Musings of a Wanderer

Whether it came from South China Sea or Indian Ocean, we are in the same storm.

We are navigating the same storm, but we are in different boats.

The waves may capsize yours while gently rocking mine, or just the other way around.

For some, quarantine is a moment of reflection and for others a complete dejection.

For some it is a time of re-connection with family and the self, while for some it is a tragic separation.

Some are happy to go within, while others are sad and depressed.

Some are at peace – even though alone, others are restless even amongst their own.

Some are drowning their sorrows in a drink, while others are out there helping the sick.

Some lament the absence of fine dining and gourmet meals, while others are concerned about bread for their next meal.

For many Home has become their Office and some…

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