September 25th, 2007

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Good Morning!!

Who could not savor this beautiful fall day even after reading the news on-line which is certainly depressing?

How Bush can turn language around as he denies health care to children is beyond me.   I guess we need a writer right now like Dickens to inspire needed change.   He wants money for war, but not children.   I read these words by Bertrand Russell.  I have to conclude that Bush is not a happy man.  I don't know why he isn't happy, with all that he has, but anyone reading the news today would have to see that he is not doing good things, by anyone's measuring stick.

The good life, as I conceive it, is a happy life. I do not mean that if you are good you will be happy - I mean that if you are happy you will be good.
- Bertrand Russell
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October is Adopt-a-Shelter-Animal Month.  It is sponsored by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Last August we got Tiger and Bella through a shelter and the joy and pleasure they provide, the love that they give, is immeasurable.  If you are thinking of getting a new friend, it might be time to check out the shelters.  These days are lovely but soon it will be cold and wet.  It would be lovely to have a pet to share your days and nights, and important for your new, little friend to have a home inside.
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Thomas Merton on Love!

            When people are truly in love, they experience far more than just a mutual need of each other's company and consolation. In their relations with each other they become different people: they are more than their everyday selves, more alive, more understanding, more enduring... They are made over into new beings. They are transformed by the power of their love.

            Love is the revelation of our deepest personal meaning, value and identity. But this revelation remains impossible as long as we are the prisoners of our own egoism. I cannot find myself in myself, but only in another. My true meaning and worth are shown to me not in my estimate of myself, but in the eyes of the one who loves me; and that one must love me as I am, with my faults and limitations, revealing to me the truth that these faults and limitations cannot destroy my worth in the eyes of that one who loves me; and that I am therefore valuable as a person, in spite of my shortcomings, in spite of the imperfections of my exterior "package." The package is totally unimportant. What matters is this infinitely precious message which I can discover only in my love for another person. And this message, this secret, is not fully revealed to me unless at the same time I am able to see and understand the mysterious and unique worth of the one I love.

                            Thomas Merton.

"Love and Need" in Love and Living. Naomi Burton Stone and Brother Patrick Hart, editors. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1979: 31.

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Thoughts -

People continue to ask me about Hong Kong and I am surprised to see how sad I get, as I reflect on how frightened I am by the rising debt in the U.S. and the lack of accountability as to infrastructure  in this country.  Bush can continue to call for money for Iraq, but the money is not there.  We cannot continue to borrow.

Perhaps because Bush is from a wealthy family that he has made wealthier, he does not seem to have the concept of an empty wallet, but I think we need to make it clear.  We can't afford Iraq.  We cannot afford the loss of life, but we also can't afford it financially.

It is odd to see so much more clearly from "over there."  I love my country and I want it to stay strong and offer what it has offered in the past, and it is hard not to return concerned and wondering what we can do to "wake up."

Justice William O. Douglas wrote this:

    As nightfall does not come all at once, neither does oppression.
    In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged.
    And it is in such a twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air - however slight - lest we become unwilling victims of the darkness.

It is time to notice, and time to act.

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Evening -

The moon is shining and the evening is still.  We had planned to head out for a picnic, and then, realized all was here.  We ate outside and the moon comes to us.

I am reading Naomi Wolf's book, The End of American, Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot.

I think it is an important book for each of us to read.