As a serious devotee of the Book of Change, the Chinese I Ching, which I have been using as a mathematically-attuned capturer of the-present-moment and a source of ancient wisdom since teenage years, the one and only thing I do know for certain is: change always happens. look at the weather! look at politics! look…Read More
so here i am still discussing “change.” Besides what I’ve said previously about the constancy of change being the only thing one can rely on in our lives, and the reliance upon a Higher Power, for those of us lucky enough to hold this comforting Truth of the sanctity of life close to our hearts…Read More
This is my first Post done from my iPhone. My laptop is In The repair shop. Bear with me. My fingers are fat and the keyboard sooooo skinny. Today is veterans day. I almost forgot cept the bank was closed when I went to do some business. My dad was a submariner in WW II and in our family today we have one young man flying in the Air Force and another captain in Army in Iraq, along with his new bride. I’m very conflicted and saddened by war, nonetheless I’d like to take this special day to commend the men and women who are willing to lay down their lives to defend our country. The people who decide whether to engage in war or not are not the ones we honor on this day. Those folks often make life altering decisions based on information only known to them. My dad went to war to protect his young family from the enemy of his day, the Nazis, just as Bill and Sarah and Grant are engaged in military operations today against the hArder-to-define enemy of the war America is engaged in today, fighting religious extremists.
The name of enemies may change. The way we figt our wars change. But war is war. And the people who are out there protecting us and making it possible for us back home to have our freedoms, our pleasures, our uncountable opportunities — they are the soldiers, sailors, pilots and support personel of our Armed Forces. They are the ones who might get killed to defend our way of life. I may cringe at the thought of war, as I’m sure many of them do, and pray that one day soon our world will come together in ways that we can accept each others differences instead of killing for ours to be embraced; yes I can hold those thoughts most dear yet at the same time take the time and effort to thank each and every soldier I run into in my day. And today I’d like to thank every man and woman, young or old , in active service , retired, or passed on as mu own dAd is, for doing what you do or have done—-for all of us who cherish freedom.
My typing is belabored but I hope you feel my heartfelt sentiment: I deeply love and respect the warriors who defend the human right to be free. Like the bAganad Gita expresses: it’s the spiritual duty of all to slay evil. When evil has been rightly identified it is, according to the yogic scripture, as the Gita says, to defend the path of rigteousness, even if brother must slay brother, or cousin slays cousin in Battle. It’s a difficult concept and one I spent a lot of time grappling g with after the cataclysmic events of 9/11, but today, as both a citizon of America and someone who considers themSelf a spiritual warioor— willing to lay down my own life to defend the rights of the individual over being forced to live under a totalitRian regime— today I lift my hat and offer praises to all our Vets: past, present, and future.
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a few people have expressed surprise because i choose to include the widget (a doo-hickey gizmo) on my blog which uploads interesting, varied, and random video clips that change almost daily (thanks to my mothership, WordPress.com). random … like … something about this weird, that makes one wonder what’s up huh?– if something makes one think,…Read More
i’m totally addicted to barry’s tea a friend recently turned me on to. sigh. soon i’ll get around to asking our local publix if they can carry it. and where would life be without the slogans that helped me put down my former self-destructive ways and helped change me into what i am today. slogans like:…Read More
hi friend, today i’ve started uploading my picture book, “We are ONE” as a gift for you, the reader of my blog. You’ll find it, each day a few segments added, over on the right, on the “page” column. here’s a sneak preview of the artwork: the only hint i’m giving is…yes, that IS a…Read More
hi everyone, for a while there we all felt like singing, to the melody of “the twelve days of Christmas”…on the fourth day of Fay-ay, my true love gave to me. but then she (the hurricane that dissipated into a tropical storm) finally inched her way westward. we had mucho precipitation, but thankfully no major…Read More