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LATE BREAKING NEWS: My Earth Day Wows!

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I love sunrises and sunsets. I love star gazing and watching the brightness of a full moon pierce a midnight sky and humbly say “Wow!

On Saturday, April 22, which ironically was the celebration of Earth Day, I began opening up the blinds to the windows facing East. I looked up and saw the last phase of the moon still visible, yet so close to the direction of where the sun was beginning to rise. Huh?

I have never seen the moon this close to the trajectory of where the rising sun was going to travel in the morning sky, so I took a few snapshots, although the presence of the moon was beginning to fade in the background. I have no scientific explanation of this celestial placement, although I know the sun and the moon are nowhere near each other. As I quickly took to pen and paper, I had to stop. It was as if a force made me halt when I walked outside.

I breathed in the sights, smells, sounds, flavors and textures of this new day. In my silence I heard many types of birds singing their little hearts out, the splash of ducks playing in the water behind our house, geese squawking as they flew overhead, strands of newly woven webs glistened in the morning light, new buds on my rosebush were readying themselves to burst open at any moment now, a new leaf began to emerge, stretching upward on one of my banana trees and the nonchalant curiosity of squirrels doing what they typically do was happening in my backyard. I saw circles rippling through the water where fish were wading below its surface.

For a moment, I briefly thought about what I was going to do today on Earth Day, and quickly realized that I was already doing what the flora and fauna, the birds, insects and other critters did every day. Creation doesn’t need a special day to celebrate what it is, in all of its beauty. For this I am glad. For this, I say “Wow!”

The one thing that does pain me is our blatant human disregard for the very thing we are the caretakers for, and that is for all of Creation. We are to protect her, because she will flourish and provide for us accordingly. So often I wonder, when weapons of mass destruction (nuclear, assault weapons and terroristic bombs) are deployed, has it not occurred to everyone involved that there is a ripple effect that reverberates from the point of contact, no matter how far away it may be? Its demolition scope of travel through the air and within the earth absorb the shock, and can spread throughout the earth like a wildfire.

What are we doing to the world? What have we done? These simple thoughts come to me from simply looking up this morning and witnessing the final phase of the moon so close to the full effects of the rising sun. For this late breaking moment, there is nothing else to say, except “Wow!

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2017 in Celebrations, Nature

 

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Holy Sacred Commercialism

Easter, He is Risen, The Resurrection, Happy Easter

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I realize this week has been a week of deep reflection for me. At first, I thought my imbalance was a result of all the violence that has recently occurred over the past few days but I finally put my finger on what the real reason was. See, on Easter Sunday 14 years ago, my mother passed away. There was an emptiness I felt that day as many of us who lost a parent or someone extremely close to them experiences. When I got to the hospital, walked into my mother’s room and saw her lifeless body, I couldn’t begin to cry, not yet.

I felt her hands which were still warm. I told her I got there as fast as I could. It took me 3 hours to drive there, but it seemed like 8. When I began thinking about that day, how I commemorated the sacredness of Easter Sunday, because of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, I felt a gnawing uneasiness in my spirit and I had no energy. In hindsight, I finally understood what my spirit was telling me.

Today is Maundy Thursday, the first of the three days of solemn remembrance leading up to Easter. Tomorrow is Good Friday, in which the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ is commemorated in the Christian Church and is traditionally a day of fasting and penance. Holy Saturday, also known as the Great Sabbath or Easter Eve is the final day of Holy Week.

Easter, which celebrates Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead, is one of Christianity’s most important holidays. I have often wondered, how did we creatively turn the sacredness of the holiday into extreme commercialism? How did we adopt icons like colored eggs and bunny rabbits to identify the meaning behind this celebration? Probably because Easter eggs and the Easter bunny are easier to accept than a religious symbol.

I am not here to judge, offend or become overly sanctimonious, but when I searched through images for Easter, I found that 99% of them were bunnies, eggs, green grass, baskets, bonnets, daisies and daffodils. Many of those who I speak to and who identify with Christianity, don’t have a problem with the commercial promotion of how this holiday is marketed and think we may need to steer away from religious representations so that others will not be offended or feel alienated. 

As I reflect on the emotions surrounding this all-important holiday for me, I find a peace within my spirit that surpasses all understanding and a gratitude that I can never explain, except to say “Thank You, God!” While my opinion of how I celebrate Easter may be significantly different from the way some others celebrate it, I enter the final leg of this Holy holiday and bid everyone a very Happy Easter! Now that makes me cry!

 
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Posted by on April 13, 2017 in Celebrations, Holidays

 

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Kicking Off National Poetry Month: What Shall Be After

Poetry, National Poetry Month, Poems, From Behind the Pen

April is National Poetry Month. This annual poetry celebration was inaugurated in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets. Let’s dive into our treasure trove of words to fluidly create amazing works in this awesome universe of poetry.

What Shall Be After

Seeking supernatural signs and wonders
overlooking the existence of their obvious presence
not hidden or invisible from sight
clearly present, yet constantly gone unnoticed
if you can’t see what’s already here
how can you recognize that which is to come?

If only we look more to spiritual guidance
and a lot less to tangible reliance
we shall witness that which was, is now
and that which is to come
has already been
the power of the circle of life.

(from Wings of the Wind: A Cornucopia of Poetry)

Happy #NationalPoetryMonth

 
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Posted by on April 3, 2017 in Celebrations, Poetry

 

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Drinking Lucky Green Beer on St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick's Day, Green Beer, Alcoholic Beverage, National Green Beer Day

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We’re going green on St. Patrick’s Day and not green with envy either! The Feast of Saint Patrick is a cultural and religious celebration held on March 17th, the traditional date of the death of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland.

Today’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations generally involve public parades, festivals, wearing green attire or shamrocks, formal gatherings, banquets or dances. St Patrick’s Day was greatly influenced by the Irish diaspora, especially in North America.

Since this is Food Porn Friday, we are going to feature a green-licious beverage, that symbolizes the luck of the Irish…Green Beer!

Happy St. Partick’s Day on Food Porn Friday

 
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Posted by on March 17, 2017 in Celebrations, Food, Holidays

 

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Celebrating the Life and Poetry of Michelangelo

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Michelangelo!

Today we celebrate the birthday of Michelangelo. Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (March 6, 1475 – February 18, 1564) was an Italian sculptor, painter, architect, and poet of the High Renaissance who exerted an unparalleled influence on the development of Western art. Considered to be the greatest living artist during his lifetime, he has since been described as one of the greatest artists of all time.

Some of his well-known artwork include The Creation of Adam, Madonna and Child, Sistine Chapel ceiling, The Statue of David, Michelangelo’s Pietà, and St Peter’s Basilica. In honor of Michelangelo’s birthday, we present one of his famous poems, Love’s Justification.

LOVE’S JUSTIFICATION
by: Michelangelo

Yes! hope may with my strong desire keep pace,
And I be undeluded, unbetrayed:
For if of our affections none find grace
In sight of Heaven, then wherefore hath God made
The world which we inhabit? Better plea
Love cannot have, than that in loving thee
Glory to that eternal peace is paid,
Who such divinity to thee imparts
As hallows and makes pure all gentle hearts.
His hope is treacherous only whose love dies
With beauty, which is varying every hour;
But, in chaste hearts uninfluenced by the power
Of outward change, there blooms a deathless flower,
That breathes on earth the air of paradise.

Translation of “Love’s Justification” was composed by William Wordsworth (1770-1850).

 

 
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Posted by on March 6, 2017 in Celebrations, Poetry

 

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Food Porn Friday: 33 Flavors Day of Baskin-Robbins

33 Flavors Day, Baskin-Robbins, Ice Creme

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1945 was the year that two brothers-in-law, Burton “Burt” Baskin and Irvine “Irv” Robbins shared their dream of creating an innovative ice creme store that would become the neighborhood family gathering spot. They started out in separate ventures at the advice of Irv’s father. In 1953 however, they dropped their separate identities of Snowbird and Burton’s and became Baskin-Robbins.

BaskinRobbins is the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops. Baskin-Robbins creates and markets innovative, premium ice cream, specialty frozen desserts, and beverages, providing quality and value to consumers at nearly 7,300 retail shops in nearly 50 countries. Headquartered in Canton, Mass., Baskin-Robbins is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. family of companies.

The company is known for its “31 flavors” slogan, but their ice cream flavors have grown incredibly and product availability may vary by location. The first flavor I tried and still love is Pralines ‘n Cream.

So today, March 3, we celebrate the cool sensation of Baskin-Robbins “33 Flavors Day.” You don’t need a scorching hot day in order to enjoy this cool delight!

Happy Food Porn Friday!

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2017 in Celebrations, Food

 

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