September 26th, 2007

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Good Afternoon!!

The morning slipped by.  I had a dermatologist appointment this morning and was concerned as something had appeared that did not look good to me, but it is now cut off and okay.  It has a long name that I don't need to remember, and my face has again had enough frozen off that I think it is my whole face, so I am pretty much uniformly swollen and red.  It is an unusual look.   Too bad it is not Halloween!

On the other hand, last time I had this done, I had lunch with a friend and she didn't even notice.  I said, can't you see, and she said no, and I think today she would see, and it is okay.  I am happy I went and am taking care of it.  It makes better sense than worrying about it.

I am therefore tightly enclosed inside and hidden from the sun, and my walk had me so covered and wrapped, I figured  I looked like a leper.

For some reason, all the dogs wanted to play with me today, and their owners called and called, but I was the one to whom they brought their balls and wanted petting from.  It felt good to me and was the affection and attention I needed.

I also get pre-skin cancers on my hands.  She told me today to wear sun protection in the car.  The UV rays come right through the wind shield.  Who would have thought, so I am telling you to have awareness of your hands, not only outside, but in the car.  I am horribly neglectful of my hands, but I didn't realize I was that careless.

Today, I felt how difficult it was last year that Jan's parents could not accept her marrying Jeff, that they could not get past that we are not Asian.  It was odd to be in Asia for over two weeks, and then, return, and consider how thrilled Frieda's parents are with Chris, and they are Jewish, so they might have had some qualms as we are not, but they do not.  They see the love and are thrilled.  They, also, love Chris as I love Frieda and Jan.   Anyway, feeling the difference in response, brought back how painful it was last year that Jan's parents could not accept, and though I knew intellectually it was their "stuff," I still felt hurt.  The point is that I am feeling it now, and it feels like the perfect time to feel it and let it go.   I can't go out in the sun, but the moon is full and bright, and I will be able to walk in its light these next few nights and let it go and heal.

We are complex beings as we know.  I continue to be taught to surrender and be sowed.

It is a hard lesson for my stubborn, stoic self.

I'm grateful I can learn, and now the tears I've been needing, come.  I am grateful for this day.

Elaine sent me a card that arrived today.  The card is from an original silkscreen print by Mayumi Oda, and is titled Sea Maiden of the North.  It says, "When I swim I am a fish. I am seaweed.  Finally I become the Ocean."

It is the perfect sentiment and image for this day.
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A high tide -



The tide was high this afternoon in connection with the widening harvest moon.  

This news comes.  I'm not sure we should be making decisions on dividing a country, but it feels good to read of bipartisan consensus.

I heard on the radio today that the Washington Post not only posts how our representatives vote but gives their astrological signs.  I'm not sure why we need that, but I suppose every little bit of information is useful to someone.   Better too much, than too little.


     Senate Endorses Plan to Divide Iraq
    By Shailagh Murray
    The Washington Post

    Wednesday 26 September 2007

Action shows rare bipartisan consensus.

    Showing rare bipartisan consensus over war policy, the Senate overwhelmingly endorsed a political settlement for Iraq that would divide the country into three semi-autonomous regions.

    The plan, conceived by Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.), was approved 75-23 as a non-binding resolution, with 26 Republican votes. It would not force President Bush to take any action, but it represents a significant milestone in the Iraq debate, carving out common ground in a debate that has grown increasingly polarized and focused on military strategy.

    The Biden plan envisions a federal government system for Iraq, consisting of separate regions for Iraq's Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish populations. The structure is spelled out in Iraq's constitution, but Biden would initiate local and regional diplomatic efforts to hasten its evolution.

    "This has genuine bipartisan support, and I think that's a very hopeful sign," Biden said.


I bought some bulbs today, fragrant narcissus, and will start putting them in flat bowls, so as to have their beauty and scent through November and December.  It is another sign of fall, though the thermometer rises today, ensuring a bountiful harvest for all. 

Where I bought the bulbs, there was a ceramic black cat curled up in a chair.  I found myself responding with an "Ah," even though the cat was fake.  I wonder if it is the shape we respond to, or if we really think somewhere, somehow we are seeing an alive cat.  I am happy to have two live, breathing cats forming shapes and movement around my home.


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Dow Chemical -



Somehow I missed Dow Chemical's latest advertising campaign, the Human Element, which began in 2006.  Today, I open the New Yorker to a two page eye-catching ad.  There is a picture of a child, a Tibetan child, and a new element in the Periodic Table, Hu, Human, 7 E + 09, whatever that means,  and these words.

    Meet one of the best minds on the planet.  When you look at the world through the eyes of the Human element, anything is possible because everything is valued.  People.  Resources. Ideas.  Even the future of a young man in Tibet studying Chaucer or chemistry.  Because, among the bonds between hydrogen and oxygen or sodium and chlorine, there is an even stronger bond. Our bond with the Human Element.  It is the chemistry of life on earth.  And that's what the Dow Chemical company is all about.


    You probably remember Dow Chemical company if you went to college in the 60's.  You protested their production of napalm and agent orange.  They bought Union Carbide, which was responsible for deaths and injuries in Bhopal, and they claim they are not responsible for reimbursing people for their legal claims because they did not own it at the time.  First, I google their web-site.  Oh, they look impressive indeed.   Then, I check them out at Wikipedia.  They still pollute and seem to care about very little but profits, and yet they have this amazing advertising campaign.

    Ah, like the government.  "Mission Accomplished."   Who needs truth?

    Check out Dow:    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dow_Chemical_Company

    They produce plastics and they pollute and they don't clean up.  It is 13 years since I trekked in the mountains of Nepal, and we went as close to Tibet as was legally possible at the time.   There were few schools and I doubt the children were learning about Chaucer and chemistry.  I doubt that it has changed much since then, but if it has, again I doubt that Chaucer and chemistry as Dow practices it are the two things that would enhance the lives of the people.   Plastics and pollution.  I don't think so.  Dow - masters at advertising and false claims.

    Well, then, again, maybe that is their idea of what it is to be human.  They miss the spirit.   Humans aren't worth much if you look at them as a bag of chemicals.  Neither is the earth.  The life force is where we soar.