February 10th, 2007

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Good Morning!!

I was awake much of the night enjoying the sound of the rain.  It is music to my ears.  The kittens got up with me so I sat and listened and watched them move, rest, play.   They are fascinating and so attuned.  They like to be where I am and yet they maintain their own space so the three of us were up in the night.

I finished the book on Muhammad Ali.  He is an inspiration and his ego is a curiosity to me.  Perhaps we do each need to claim our individuality, and yet, I believe there is also a place to let it go.  I remember reading of the strong ego of Mother Theresa.  That is how she got things done.  Ali is the same.  

I began a fascinating book, This Is Your Brain on Music by Daniel J. Levitin.   He writes of a man who gained the trust of villagers in the country of Lesotho.   When they asked him to join in their songs, he said that he didn't sing.

     "The villagers found his objection puzzling and inexplicable.  The Sotho consider singing an ordinary, everyday activity performed by everyone, young and old, men and women, not an activity reserved for a special few."  

    "The villagers just stared at Jim and said, "What do you mean you don't sing?!  You talk!"  Jim told me later, "It was as odd to them as if I told them I don't walk or dance, even though I have both my legs."  Singing and dancing were a natural activity in everybody's lives, seamlessly integrated and involving everyone.  The Sesotho verb for singing (ho bina), as in many of the world's languages, also means to dance; there is no distinction, since it is assumed that singing involves bodily movement."

    So sing and dance today.

Also, I request prayers for Mitchell, a young man who required emergency surgery this week. 

We never know,  so value the preciousness of this day, the moments, and if you are blessed to have it, enjoy the rich sound of rain.

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News today -

It seems Schwarzenegger may get to be president, of a country, the country of California.  There is an interesting op-ed on that in the NY Times today.   This state could succeed on its own, and it seems we already have our head.  Interesting.

Also, there is still time to buy chocolates at $2000.00 a pound for your Valentine.  What is interesting is the marketing behind it.  Make it spare.  Sell .9 pound at a time, beautifully packaged, and you too can have a whopper of a mark-up if your conscience doesn't get you first, which I hope it does.

Happy Saturday!!
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Mitchell -

I don't personally know Mitchell, but was asked to request prayers for him since prayers for me were so successful.

Now, I have a link to a web-site that tells more about him.  I find it helpful to have a face and understanding around the person I pray for.  I think this will open your heart to this young man and his medical journey.   Certainly prayers for his parents and family are critical also.


Click on this and then check out his journal.  Read his essay, "What is the purpose of life?" written on the night before his emergency surgery.   Your heart will be as wet as the day outside.

Take care and offer prayer for him, his family and friends, and us all!


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Tender -

I am feeling tender today.  My prayers and thoughts are with the family of Mitchell.  How can something happen just like that, and it can and it does, and there is tenderness in me around that.  I am feeling quite sensitive and happy to be tucked in at home with rain, music, kittens, Steve, and peace. 

I come across these words again and feel how true they are.

In Death Comes for the Archbishop, Willa Cather wrote that:

    "Miracles ..... seem to me to rest not so much upon faces or voices or healing powers coming suddenly near to us from afar off, but upon our perceptions being made finer, so that for a moment our eyes can see and our ears can hear what is there about us always."