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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Thanksgiving Words When We Need Them

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Autumn Leaves ©2011 Nicolino Sapio

Words When We Need Them
Before this early moment,
another, ripe with rain,
the scent of its own full shape.
Each day the rooster
we have never seen
raises the first greeting
and darkness which holds us
in its loose pocket all night
sets us down.
Now we walk,
waking up rooms,
switching on lights.
Into the breath,
wordless but ripe
with all possible words,
messages not yet gathered
or sent.
Morning looms,
more friend than
the best friend.
We could still say.
~Naomi Shihab Nye
from “The Red Suitcase”
   
Gratitude is the memory of the heart.  ~Jean Baptiste Massieu, translated from French
In Thanksgiving for Beloved Gaza. The Children of Gaza and their families are continually in our hearts and prayers.

About the Photographer
Nicolino

Nicolino Hails from Zurich Switzerland and speaks both Italian and German.
His Greatest Inspiration artistically is Salvador Dali.
Nicolino does a great deal of charity work with his photography in Africa for
 
The photograph is hope, toil, tears, and above all, love. The photograph is a gift received and how it has to give …
~Nicolino Sapio















Saturday, January 2, 2016

The Adoration of the Magi

Elliot Ewritt Elliot Erwitt, Mother and Child
"The magi, as you know, were wise men--wonderfully wise men--who brought gifts to the Babe in the manger. They invented the art of giving Christmas presents. Being wise, their gifts were no doubt wise ones, possibly bearing the privilege of exchange in case of duplication.                                       And here I have lamely related to you the uneventful chronicle of two foolish children in a flat who most unwisely sacrificed for each other the greatest treasures of their house. But in a last word to the wise of these days let it be said that of all who give gifts these two were the wisest. O all who give and receive gifts, such as they are wisest. Everywhere they are wisest. They are the magi."
--O’Henry “Gift of the Magi (Excerpt).
Elliot Ewritt’s photo evokes the deep love and adoration of a mother for her child; it also evokes the love of family and each member's happiness in the poorest of circumstances, hence -- love, as the gift, is the story of The Magi. It  reminded me for that reason of O’Henry’s wonderful story about a couple who are deeply in love, desperately poor, living in a tiny flat but willing to sell their most precious possessions to buy one another a Christmas present. It is one of my favorite stories of all time.
federico Barocci 1528-1612
Adoration of the Magi ~ Chalk Sketch


Since we were so heartfully engaged in the Christmas season, the season of Advent, and the celebration of the Madonna, I found the first photograph and thought it bore an uncanny resemblance to the ancient scene. Such are the workings of the collective unconscious.   This second photo is an ancient chalk drawing from the 16th century, which despite its years and pale color, I found quite warm and inviting.  Mary looks tenderly at the infant in her lap and one of the Magi almost appears to be kissing the feet of the infant. Such singular devotion refreshes the heart and the soul. At Christmastide, and in the coming year be refreshed and loved. I pray this for all children as well, particularly for those who have little, not even a roof to cover their sweet heads.

The following is a video by Sungha Jung playing Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring, arranged by Windham Hill. He is only a child of 9 in this video. You may adore his fine performance. Enjoy the music baby Jesus!









The Adoration of the Magi

Elliot Ewritt Elliot Erwitt, Mother and Child
"The magi, as you know, were wise men--wonderfully wise men--who brought gifts to the Babe in the manger. They invented the art of giving Christmas presents. Being wise, their gifts were no doubt wise ones, possibly bearing the privilege of exchange in case of duplication.                                       And here I have lamely related to you the uneventful chronicle of two foolish children in a flat who most unwisely sacrificed for each other the greatest treasures of their house. But in a last word to the wise of these days let it be said that of all who give gifts these two were the wisest. O all who give and receive gifts, such as they are wisest. Everywhere they are wisest. They are the magi."
--O’Henry “Gift of the Magi (Excerpt).
Elliot Ewritt’s photo evokes the deep love and adoration of a mother for her child; it also evokes the love of family and each member's happiness in the poorest of circumstances, hence -- love, as the gift, is the story of The Magi. It  reminded me for that reason of O’Henry’s wonderful story about a couple who are deeply in love, desperately poor, living in a tiny flat but willing to sell their most precious possessions to buy one another a Christmas present. It is one of my favorite stories of all time.
federico Barocci 1528-1612
Adoration of the Magi ~ Chalk Sketch


Since we were so heartfully engaged in the Christmas season, the season of Advent, and the celebration of the Madonna, I found the first photograph and thought it bore an uncanny resemblance to the ancient scene. Such are the workings of the collective unconscious.   This second photo is an ancient chalk drawing from the 16th century, which despite its years and pale color, I found quite warm and inviting.  Mary looks tenderly at the infant in her lap and one of the Magi almost appears to be kissing the feet of the infant. Such singular devotion refreshes the heart and the soul. At Christmastide, and in the coming year be refreshed and loved. I pray this for all children as well, particularly for those who have little, not even a roof to cover their sweet heads.

The following is a video by Sungha Jung playing Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring, arranged by Windham Hill. He is only a child of 9 in this video. You may adore his fine performance. Enjoy the music baby Jesus!









Monday, December 21, 2015

Nativity ~ Gertrude Kasebier (redux)



(c) 1901 Gertrude Kasebier~Newport, Rhode Island, 1901. "The Manger."



Suckling our little God, she experiences intimacy with the Heart of Heaven; Soul searching in silence, she knows woman’s limitless love for her own flesh.  Heart severed in sorrow, she comprehends the reach of the human spirit to accept the sudden and startling embrace of that which God chose to become.
~Noelle Clearwater c. 1996 revised 2012
Excerpt from  my poem “The Visit”



Have A Blessed  Christmas full of love and Good Will and A Peaceful New Year.
~Noelle Renee


Thursday, January 1, 2015

Burning the Old Year

2-bittersweet©2014Bittersweet” by Ursula I. Abresch posted with kind permission
 Burning the Old Year
Letters swallow themselves in seconds.  
Notes friends tied to the doorknob,  
transparent scarlet paper,
sizzle like moth wings,
marry the air.
So much of any year is flammable,  
lists of vegetables, partial poems.  
Orange swirling flame of days,  
so little is a stone.
Where there was something and suddenly isn’t,  
an absence shouts, celebrates, leaves a space.  
I begin again with the smallest numbers.
Quick dance, shuffle of losses and leaves,  
only the things I didn’t do  
crackle after the blazing dies.
 
“New Year’s Day is Every Man’s Birthday.” ~Charles Lamb.
New Year’s Buddhist Metta Prayer
May you  be well, happy and safe.
May you be free from suffering and at ease with pain.
May you live in peace and harmony with all beings.
May you accept with understanding and wisdom the events in your life and world.May you forgive others and yourself for the inevitable harms we cause each other.
May you experience and manifest loving kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity
.
Peace and Light in 2015
About The Photographer: Ursula I. Abresch
Ursula is a photographer in the West Kootenays, in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. She was born in Argentina, raised in both Argentina and Chile. She moved to the USA to attend university, and eventually moved permanently to Canada. Ursula is married. She and her husband have five children. She has a degree in Education with a concentration in Art and History. She now dedicates most of her time to photography. (information taken from her website directly).


















Saturday, October 18, 2014

"Let the Beauty we love be what we do."

Lavender Calm http://pixdaus.com/single.php?id=256072&from=email


Today, like every other day, we wake up empty
and frightened. Don't open the door to the study
and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument.

Let the beauty we love be what we do.

There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.


-- Rumi

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Greatest Love of ALL

The Greatest Love of All--by Ario WibisonoPhotograph by Ario Wibisono:  The Music Of Love. This picture was taken in Tenganan Village, Bali (2010). Tenganan is the most famous Bali Aga (original Balinese) village and is located close to Candi Dasa in East Bali. A man was playing bamboo music to entertain a disabled child which is not his son, but he loves this child like he loves his own son. (Photo and caption by Ario Wibisono)
Hope
Hope is with you when you believe
The earth is not a dream but living flesh,
That sight, touch, and hearing do not lie,
That all things you have ever seen here
Are like a garden looked at from a gate.
You cannot enter. But you're sure it's there.
Could we but look more clearly and wisely
We might discover somewhere in the garden
A strange new flower and an unnamed star.
Some people say we should not trust our eyes,
That there is nothing, just a seeming,
These are the ones who have no hope.
They think that the moment we turn away,
The world, behind our backs, ceases to exist,
As if snatched up by the hands of thieves.
~ Czeslaw Milosz ~
(The World)
The PhotographerArio Wibisono lives in Jakarta, Indonesia. You may find his other wonderful photos on 1x.com.
Relaxation Music 1—Chinese Bamboo Flute Music and Piano

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information about photo and quotation from photographer taken from http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2010/11/national_geographics_photograp.htmlhttp://1x.com/photo/34169