June 12th, 2006

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Good Morning!!

I am feeling chipper this morning after a wonderfully full night's sleep.

Jane and I spoke this morning, and I am now finding that going back into the poems is a delight.  Our theme for this morning was paying attention, how paying attention is prayer.  We were each honoring in our late November poems the moment, she with ladybugs and me with butterflies, and we each saw the seasons through our insect friends.  

Today, I am driving south to see Terry's new home on 40 acres, the sanctuary she and Joe are creating for all of us, human, plant, animal, mineral, a celebration of life and non-life.   I am dressing warmly and fully as it is not only cold, but there are ticks, those friendly little critters that can live 17 years waiting for a mammal to walk by. 

May this Monday spark joy in you, and reflection and embers too.  
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Creativity -

Here's the first part of an article in the NY Times today on cell phone rings adults can't hear.  I must say it is hard not to admire the creative impulse that continues to fuel communication in our world. 

A Ring Tone Meant to Fall on Deaf Ears

Published: June 12, 2006

In that old battle of the wills between young people and their keepers, the young have found a new weapon that could change the balance of power on the cellphone front: a ring tone that many adults cannot hear.

"When I heard about it I didn't believe it at first," said Donna Lewis, a technology teacher at the Trinity School in Manhattan. "But one of the kids gave me a copy, and I sent it to a colleague. She played it for her first graders. All of them could hear it, and neither she nor I could."

The technology, which relies on the fact that most adults gradually lose the ability to hear high-pitched sounds, was developed in Britain but has only recently spread to America — by Internet, of course.

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Quote -

"It is a gift to be able to paint a particular picture or to carve a statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look. To affect the quality of the day - that is the highest of the arts."

Henry David Thoreau
1817-1862, Essayist and Poet