Less Is More

Tuesday, 2014 July 15

DanielLanois 7878Francois Marchand writes that Daniel Lanois’s The Maker ‘sings of spiritual hardship and redemption, and it speaks not only of Lanois’s search for an answer, but that of the multitude as well.’
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Wednesday, 2014 July 16

Tony Kushner April 18 2010Playwright Tony Kushner said: ‘I think that’s what theater is about. You believe it and you don’t believe it simultaneously, which engages a certain part of your brain that has to do with being skeptical about the nature of what you’re experiencing in life. That’s why theater is important. You learn to go out into the world after you see a play that you really loved and look at politics and love and all sorts of other human phenomena in the same way. It’s real and yet it isn’t.’

sexinthewild--baby-elephant-from-pbs.orgwe watched life in cold blood (tortoises, turtles, crocodilians) and sex in the wild (elephants).

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Thursday, 2014 July 17

vanier-from-jean-vanier.orgJean Vanier writes, ‘We are one person. However, we risk becoming fragmented within ourselves and allowing divisions to become rooted in us. It is not just the pain of our past lives that prevents us from being fully alive and restricts in sadness; it is also our refusal to look at and accept reality, to live in the truth of who we are and to take responsibility for our own lives.’

vermeer--pd--detailwe watched the water brothers (dead zones) and views of vermeer.

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Friday, 2014 July 18

Lake_huron-by-Charles Dawley via Flickr-from-dsfDavid Suzuki concludes, ‘We can’t continue to dump garbage into the oceans, waterways and air or bury it in the ground and hope it will disappear. If we can’t find better ways to use or at least reduce waste products, we must stop producing them. In the meantime, this project [burying nuclear waste by Lake Huron] must be halted…. We can’t afford to add the risk of radioactive contamination to one of the world’s largest sources of fresh water.’ If you agree, there’s a petition. If you’re not sure, the article has links to more.

Anoxie_dead_zone-from-wci had an ultrasound. after dinner, sue and i watched slumdog millionaire.

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Saturday, 2014 July 19

Golf apparelRobert Pinsky writes, ‘If you look [apparel] up … you discover that behind the Middle English origin meaning “to make ready or fit” lies the Old French aparellier, which is in turn based on the Latin ad meaning “to” in a sense of “change to” plus par meaning “equal.” Related to the term “par” in golf [pictured is a golfer wearing golfing apparel], and to “parity”: dressed equal to an occasion…. Such musings about “apparell” are possibly useful, and possibly useless’, but for some the musing itself is reward enough.

I hate golf as much as I love etymology.

Jubilee woods

lj and t’s wedding in a backyard by the woods.

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ElizabethCadyStanton-1848-Daniel-Henry-from-wpthe seneca falls convention of 1848 occurred on this date, organized by lucretia mott and elizabeth cady stanton (pictured in 1848 with her sons daniel and henry).

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Sunday, 2014 July 20

Illegal Drug Addiction and Substance Abuse

Can music help with addictions, like pain killers? Brad Frenette of CBC Music writes that in CBC Music Magazine, ‘we dig deeper into music as [an agent of change.] Why is the indigenous music across the country suddenly witnessing a renaissance? Why did a Tibetan singer walk a 1,000-mile mountain path to sing for refugees? Why did one of Canada’s best musicians set aside the pursuit of fame to bring music to young addicts? Why are researchers giving iPods to Alzheimer’s patients? Why? It’s because music matters.’

Stephen Fry croppedbj here. later, fry’s planet word (use and abuse).

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Monday, 2014 July 21

RichardRohr-from-cac.orgRichard Rohr said, ‘Meister Eckhart said, “The spiritual life has much more to do with subtraction than it does with addition.” All great spirituality is about letting go. But we have grown up with a capitalist worldview, and it has blinded our spiritual seeing. We tend to think at almost every level that more is better, even though, as E. F. Schumacher said years ago, “less is more.” There is an alternative worldview. There is a worldview in which all of us can succeed. It isn’t a win/lose capitalist worldview where only a few win and most lose. It’s a win/win worldview—if we’re willing to let go and if we’re willing to recognize that this, right here, right now, is enough. This is all I need.’

Nurses in a nurses' station, USA 1987[i-r][l]spent the day in emerg.

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DanielLanoisBlackDub-from-wpDaniel Lanois’s The Maker.

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JohnPrineJohn Prine sings Dear Abby. (tx, ta)

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Molly_Ringwald_in_Greece=2012-by-Panio Gianopoulos-from-wpAnother blast from the past, but what she’s doing now. (tx again, ta)

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