December 21st, 2007

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Good Morning!!



I love this day, the shortest day of the year and now a return to the light.  Wow!!  It is so exciting for me.

I receive this in my email box today.  Enjoy!!


Non-Offensive Holiday Greeting

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, non-addictive gender neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all.

I (hereinafter known as the "wisher") also wish you (hereinafter known as the "wishee") a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling, and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2008, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great (not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country or is the only "AMERICA" in the western hemisphere), and without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith, or sexual preference of the wishee.

By accepting this greeting, the wishee is accepting these terms:

This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal. It is freely transferable with no alteration to the original greeting. It implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for her/himself or others, and is void where prohibited by law, and is revocable at the sole discretion of the wisher. This wish is warranted to perform as expected within the usual application of good tidings for a period of one year, or until the issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting, whichever comes first, and warranty is limited to replacement of this wish or issuance of a new wish at the sole discretion of the wisher.



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Jane's writing of the morning!




Reading Aloud

Friends have invited us to a longest-night-of-the-year gathering in Point Reyes this evening, complete with an open poetry reading. "Bring your poems," they say. (They like others of my friends may be tired of hearing about my writing practice with little evidence of what I actually do. ) So I spent the evening yesterday going through the stacks of poems I've produced over the years. At first I rejected everything. My poems aren't "there" yet, I think. I'm still developing. (This after having written poems since second grade and I long ago left the horizon of my fifth decade behind.) Then the judge entered. "These poems aren't developing. They just aren't very good."  I decided to take the poems to the basement. At least there I could read them out loud without embarrassing myself. Sitting on the steps, shivering in the cold and  musty dimness, I began to read  in a  soft throaty whisper.   Maybe it was the echo of the stairwell, or the rhythm of the sounds. After reading a few I felt myself soften a little bit. Unattached from me, out there where they'd come from in the first place, the words stood their ground.  The thoughts and feelings and ideas that had brought me to the point of writing them down floated above them like balloons, birds, dirigibles, or single-engine aircraft. But the words did the work. After a while I was able to read many of them, and read some several times. There on the basement stairs my love reawakened. The word breathes us into existence and sings us back out to the place we come from.


       - Jane Flint


Think of Jane tonight reading her poem in Point Reyes!!


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My Poem of the morning -



December 21, 2007

 

Winter Solstice

 

I check out the sky, too late for Venus,

so, I am given a cape of deep pink

hovering like an angel on the hill.

Two angels come together now in form,

and then there is a gathering

like crows,

bubbles,

sheep.

 

Pink clouds

like tissue

living in me

stretch now,

for light.

 

How sweetly this earth turns and revolves

though sometimes we forget how simply

we need to be

like seeds,

in the ground, at night.

 

 

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Awareness -



I woke early this morning and was reading Ode Magazine and positive stuff and then I face my email.

I think this is essential to read.   You'll have to cut and paste.


    http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/122107J.shtml


I give you the first few paragraphs as a taste.  The article is by Jason Leopold.


  For US Army soldiers entering basic training at Fort Jackson Army base in Columbia, South Carolina, accepting Jesus Christ as their personal savior appears to be as much a part of the nine-week regimen as the vigorous physical and mental exercises the troops must endure.

    That's the message directed at Fort Jackson soldiers, some of whom appear in photographs in government issued fatigues, holding rifles in one hand, and Bibles in their other hand.

    Frank Bussey, director of Military Ministry at Fort Jackson, has been telling soldiers at Fort Jackson that "government authorities, police and the military = God's Ministers,"

    Bussey's teachings from the "God's Basic Training" Bible study guide he authored says US troops have "two primary responsibilities": "to praise those who do right" and "to punish those who do evil - "God's servant, an angel of wrath." Bussey's teachings directed at Fort Jackson soldiers were housed on the Military Ministry at Fort Jackson website. Late Wednesday, the web site was taken down without explanation. Bussey did not return calls for comment. The web site text, however, can still be viewed in an archived format.

    The Christian right has been successful in spreading its fundamentalist agenda at US military installations around the world for decades. But the movement's meteoric rise in the US military came in large part after 9/11 and immediately after the US invaded Iraq in March of 2003. At a time when the United States is encouraging greater religious freedom in Muslim nations, soldiers on the battlefield have told disturbing stories of being force-fed fundamentalist Christianity by highly controversial, apocalyptic "End Times" evangelists, who have infiltrated US military installations throughout the world with the blessing of high-level officials at the Pentagon. Proselytizing among military personnel has been conducted openly, in violation of the basic tenets of the United States constitution.

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To Know the Dark -



"To Know the Dark":

To go to the dark with a light is to know the light.
To know the dark, go dark. Go without sight,
And find that the dark, too, blooms and sings,
And is traveled by dark feet and dark wings.



- Wendell Berry


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Shine!



Hide not your talents,

    they for use were made.

          What's a sundial in the shade?


                         - Benjamin Franklin



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Communion -



If communication sets the stage for communion, that's wonderful communication. If it doesn't, it's useless. The big thing that every human being is striving for is communion. And if that is not experienced on all levels—communion with God, communion with human beings, communion with animals, vegetables, minerals, the earth—then we experience the terrible affliction of loneliness and isolation. That's what is dominating this modern society. Everyone's lonely, everyone's isolated. So we need time to be, we need enough silence to be, we need enough solitude to be, we need enough good communion with others to be.

(William McNamara)