June 2nd, 2006

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The day is beautiful.  I went outside and heard the soft "whooo" of an owl.  The sun is already shiny and bright.  I remember when Jane and I would talk at 7 and it would be dark.   The summer solstice will soon be here, and we are certainly having a lovely spring.

Jon Carroll has a good column today.  His concern is the lack of curiosity and what fear is doing to this country.   He points out that  "A Mr. Coffee machine has three parts -- a filter funnel, a Pyrex beaker and a heating element -- that are listed as known components of drug labs. But keep it to yourself, or coffeemakers might go the way of Erlenmeyer flasks, which are already banned in Texas."  You can read the whole column at:

 http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2006/06/02/DDGS0INI811.DTL

I recommend it. 

Here is an inportant editorial from the NY Times.   Smile and enjoy your day, despite it all.  The world is beautifully dear.

Block the Vote
    The New York Times | Editorial

    Tuesday 30 May 2006

    In a country that spends so much time extolling the glories of democracy, it's amazing how many elected officials go out of their way to discourage voting. States are adopting rules that make it hard, and financially perilous, for nonpartisan groups to register new voters. They have adopted new rules for maintaining voter rolls that are likely to throw off many eligible voters, and they are imposing unnecessarily tough ID requirements.

    Florida recently reached a new low when it actually bullied the League of Women Voters into stopping its voter registration efforts in the state. The Legislature did this by adopting a law that seems intended to scare away anyone who wants to run a voter registration drive. Since registration drives are particularly important for bringing poor people, minority groups and less educated voters into the process, the law appears to be designed to keep such people from voting.

    It imposes fines of $250 for every voter registration form that a group files more than 10 days after it is collected, and $5,000 for every form that is not submitted - even if it is because of events beyond anyone's control, like a hurricane. The Florida League of Women Voters, which is suing to block the new rules, has decided it cannot afford to keep registering new voters in the state as it has done for 67 years. If a volunteer lost just 16 forms in a flood, or handed in a stack of forms a day late, the group's entire annual budget could be put at risk.

    In Washington, a new law prevents people from voting if the secretary of state fails to match the information on their registration form with government databases. There are many reasons that names, Social Security numbers and other data may not match, including typing mistakes. The state is supposed to contact people whose data does not match, but the process is too tilted against voters.

    Congress is considering a terrible voter ID requirement as part of the immigration reform bill. Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, introduced an amendment to require all voters to present a federally mandated photo ID. Even people who have been voting for years would need to get a new ID to vote in 2008. Millions of people without drivers' licenses, including many elderly people and city residents, might fail to do so, and be ineligible to vote. The amendment has been blocked so far, but voting-rights advocates worry that it could reappear.

    These three techniques - discouraging registration drives, purging eligible voters and imposing unreasonable ID requirements - keep showing up. Colorado recently imposed criminal penalties on volunteers who slip up in registration drives. Georgia, one of several states to adopt harsh new voter ID laws, had its law struck down by a federal court.

    Protecting the integrity of voting is important, but many of these rules seem motivated by a partisan desire to suppress the vote, and particular kinds of voters, rather than to make sure that those who are entitled to vote - and only those who are entitled - do so. The right to vote is fundamental, and Congress and state legislatures should not pass laws that put an unnecessary burden on it. If they do, courts should strike them down.

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My poem of this morning!

Morning

 

The Zen and Now clock chimes.

The idea is a gentle wake up call,

but it is insistent with its tone.

“Now” reverberates through all the rooms

of my home.  Now!  Now!  Now!

The plants put their leaves over their ears.

They are not ready to wake.

They are waiting for the touch of the sun.

I get up, and turn the clock off,

          my mood undisturbed.

                   It is a quiet lake.

                             Trees look in.

                                      Their face is cleansed,

                                                with ripples of cloth. 

 

 

          What words can I offer a troubled friend?

          I sit like a loom,

          waiting for thread.  

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Reality -

I spoke with Jane this morning about the book Reality by Peter Kingsley.  I think it offers a novel approach to "problems," a wider view.

If we can see Strife as disintegration, and therefore, immortal, and Love as integration and therefore, mortal, why, then, we might stand back and view the difficulties in our life differently. 

I don't know, but I'm willing to see.  
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Self - care!!

Each time I went to Horse Therapy, Jim would emphasize the importance of Self-Care.  "Eat before you are hungry.  Drink before you are thirsty, and rest before you are tired."  I did that yesterday and it was a much better day for me.  I offer it to each of you.  I think it is important to notice and then honor how we feel before we are over the top or hanging down miserably from the last rung.   Happy Self-care today, and every day!!!