October 11th, 2008

ocean by san base, searby friend

Good Morning!

I wake early and rise to enjoy the dark.  I am with the feel of the mud by the bay where you step and then your step is replaced.  Life is like that each day.

We may not notice, and my intention of late is to notice as much as possible each inner, outer step. 

I am on inward today as I take each plant to the sink and water and fertilize and explain that though people will be here to take care of them, it won't be me.  I fill my fountain with new water and cleanse and hold each rock, the fisherman my mother gave me, two ladybugs, two turtles, and a shiny blue rock that says abundance.   I peruse my books, touch, say I am still here, when I am there.

We are so clearly in the inward turn, the move toward darkness, and I consider how exciting it is that for those on the other side of the equator, spring comes.  I don't know why I am so tickled with that concept this morning, but I am.  This ball on which we live is amazing!!   We are given variety, diversity, light and dark, and we exchange and turn in the changing light.   I feel like a ballerina today, twirling like a leaf on the end of the branch of a tree.

So, one teeny-tiny wee bit of news.   Troopergate will probably dominate the day along with its spin about the Democrats being out to get the innocent McPain's who scream of terrorists in our own midst.  Look in the mirror, dears.   Who does the damage to us around the globe?

From the end of his column, The Mask Slips.

ob Herbert:

Just as they were wrong about trickle down, conservative Republican politicians and their closest buddies in the commentariat have been wrong on one important national issue after another, from Social Security (conservatives opposed it from the start and have been trying to undermine it ever since) to Medicare (Ronald Reagan saw it as the first wave of socialism) to the environment, energy policy and global warming.

When the Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to the discoverers of the link between chlorofluorocarbons and ozone depletion, Tom DeLay, a Republican who would go on to wield enormous power as majority leader in the House, mocked the award as the “Nobel Appeasement Prize.”

Mr. Reagan, the ultimate political hero of so many Republicans, opposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. In response to the historic Brown v. Board of Education school-desegregation ruling, William F. Buckley, the ultimate intellectual hero of so many Republicans, asserted that whites, being superior, were well within their rights to discriminate against blacks.

“The White community is so entitled,” he wrote, “because, for the time being, it is the advanced race...” He would later repudiate that sentiment, but only after it was clear that his racist view was harmful to himself.


The G.O.P. has done a great job masking the terrible consequences of much that it has stood for over the decades. Now the mask has slipped. As we survey the wreckage of the American economy and the real-life suffering associated with the financial crackup of 2008, it would be well for voters to draw upon the lessons of history and think more seriously about the consequences of the ballots they may cast in the future.

Book Cover

Thich Nhat Hanh - Peace!

I remember when I first learned about Thich Nhat Hanh.  I was taking a workshop at Green Gulch Zen Center, and while walking to lunch someone  mentioned I might be interested in his books.   He has been my example when I step into self-righteousness.  He works with Vietnam vets.  He works to heal what was destroyed in his country and ours in the Vietnam War.  He works for peace.  

from Writer's Almanac today:

It's the birthday of Vietnamese monk, writer, and activist Thich Nhat Hanh, (books by this author) born in 1926 in Tha Tien, Vietnam. He became a Buddhist monk when he was 16 years old. During the Vietnam War, he decided that monks shouldn't just stay in monasteries and meditate all day long while a war was going on. So he founded an organization that helped rebuild bombed villages, set up schools and medical centers, and organize agricultural cooperatives. He traveled to the United States to urge the American government to withdraw its troops, and he persuaded Martin Luther King Jr. to publicly oppose the Vietnam War. But both the non-Communist and Communist governments banned him from Vietnam in 1966, and it was just a few years ago, in 2005, that he was finally allowed to return for a visit. Since he was banned from Vietnam, he set up a monastic community in southern France, called Plum Village.

Thich Nhat Hanh has published more than 100 books, books of poetry and Buddhist thought. About 40 of them are in English, and many of those have been best-sellers, including Peace Is Every Step (1991), Call Me by My True Names (1993), and Living Buddha, Living Christ (1995).

barack obama

the grace of age -

I love how as we age we can better say what we mean and say what has maybe been a little quiet. How many times have we heard how "hot" Sarah Palin is? Well, here's Betty White.

alan's beach photo

Neighbors -

Our 23rd neighborhood block, actually many blocks, party met tonight.   Louise, who hosts, is in her eighties and makes six kinds of homemade ice cream.  I am pleasantly stuffed with food and conversation and the awareness of time.   As I have said, people are carried out of this neighborhood, so there are many my age, whose children are grown, and some of those children were there, and then, there are babies and toddlers and all inbetween.  Quite a treat as the moon rises in harvest delight.

Neighbors - gathering - peace -