January 28th, 2007

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Good Morning!

The news seems weak to me on the peace marches, but this is an interesting little tid-bit.

David Plotz has a blog, "Blogging the Bible," where he reads it like an R-rated book, and comes forth with some interesting comparisons.  He compares David to Bill Clinton and makes a good argument for it.  He says: 

        "A lot of you will bite my head off for saying this, but David reminds me of Bill Clinton (and not for their sexual sins and love of music). Like Clinton, David brilliantly combines two virtues and one vice. He truly loves God. He is profoundly warm and empathetic -- he's constantly feeling the pain of others, as with the murdered priests.

        Yet he cannily exploits his understanding of human nature for his own advantage. He's always gaming people, measuring them, working them over to gain an edge (i.e., he adores Jonathan, yet he flips him against his dad."

    The article by Vicki Haddock begins with these words, "David Plotz was a not-very-observant Jew who had spent three decades largely avoiding the Bible until one day when, bored at a cousin's bat mitzvah, he began thumbing through a copy of the Torah. Landing on Genesis 34, he was captivated by the rape of Jacob's daughter Dinah, and the devious way her family wreaks payback: tricking the rapist's family into disabling themselves with circumcision, then massacring them."

            Those drew me into the article and the Bible may be next, though I have tried before and never made it very far.

I am in the process of moving my huge bookcase from one room to the next which involves moving all the books, so they are now placed in one room with a stack to go to Good Will and another recognition that I need no more books for awhile.

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An umbrella of clouds -

Today as I walk I feel how the clouds protect my head from the weight of the sun. I love the gentleness of this day.  Robins are feasting on red berries.  It is their New Year's Day!!

I am in cleansing mode and shuffling books and things all around.  It is time.   We have decided to get a new rug for our bedroom so that means a mobilization and energizing of feng shui.

Happy Sunday!!
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Rilke - a repeat I love -

        From Rilke - The Book of Hours

    How surely gravity's law,
    strong as an ocean current,
    takes hold of even the smallest thing
    and pulls it toward the heart of the world.

    Each thing -
    each stone, blossom, child -
    is held in place.
    Only we, in our arrogance,
    push out beyond what we each belong to
    for some empty freedom.

    If we surrendered
    to earth's intelligence,
    we could rise up rooted, like trees.

    Instead we entangle ourselves
    in knots of our own making
    and struggle, lonely and confused.

    So, like children, we begin again
    to learn from the things
    because they are in God's heart,
    they have never left him.

    This is what the things can teach us:
    to fall,
    patiently to trust our heaviness.
    Even a bird has to do that
    before he can fly.

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Rilke again -

Rilke - in the original version of the Tenth Duino Elegy -

    .... How dear you will be to me then, you nights of anguish.  Why didn't I kneel more deeply to accept you, inconsolable sisters, and, surrendering, lose myself in your loosened hair.  How we squander our hours of pain.  How we gaze beyond them into the bitter duration to see if they have an end.  Though they are really seasons of us, our winter-enduring foliage, ponds, meadows, our inborn landscape, where birds and reed-dwelling creatures are at home.

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Sacred Idleness -

"Work is not always required ... there is such a thing as sacred idleness, the cultivation of which is now fearfully neglected."

-- George MacDonald

Steve and I moved the black monolith of a bookcase into this room.  It seemed like the unconscious looming, so I hung my dream-catcher from it and am brightening it up in all sorts of ways.   This is fun.  I again make this room more my own, the me I am now.    Joy and springing of dreams to you!!


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Cleansing -

In going through a great deal of my "stuff," I am uncovering gems.  I am in my own archaeological dig.



    Madness or Sanctity
    Such is our inevitable choice.
    All other choices
    Pale in insignificance.
    Madness is easy.
    To be a nervous wreck is easy.
    To be deranged is easy.
    To break down is easy.
    To be weak and go to pieces
    Is easy.
    To give up
    And open the gates to a creeping paranoia
    And then to madness
    Is easy.

    To have courage is more difficult.
    To embrace hope and trust is not easy.
    To be strong and uphold your center
    Requires inner qualities.
    To retain sanity
    Is not easy - but all important.

    Through hope, love, compassion, and mercy
    To the Great Courage of our being,
    Which becomes a Great Sanctity,
    Which finally becomes SANCTITY.
    Such is our path
    And our necessity.

    Madness cannot prevail in this world.
    We were born into a sane world.
    We shall restore it to sanity and sanctity.

             - Henryk Skolimowski
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Poem by E. Rawlins


           I ask you
        what is light?

Scientists will give you answers
    with technical explanations
       that bludgeon the mind
               into submission
    revealing a long line of words

        Religious leaders
    will fill your head and heart
           with wondrous words!

             E. Rawlins