March 11th, 2009

cirque du soleil

Good Morning!!

We are probably all aware right now that it is the 50th anniversary of the Barbie doll.  I am grateful that she was created after my time, and she is certainly providing the subject matter for commentary and articles this week.   I like this poem as a way of looking at change.

Buddhist Barbie
In the 5th century B.C.
an Indian philosopher
Gautama teaches "All is emptiness"
and "There is no self."
In the 20th century A.D.
Barbie agrees, but wonders how a man
with such a belly could pose,
smiling, and without a shirt.
~ Denise Duhamel ~

For Barbie's Fiftieth Anniversary


alan - lilies in the shade

Green Jobs -

Author-activist tapped as White House 'green' jobs adviser

Published: March 10, 2009

Author and activist Van Jones will serve as a special White House adviser for "green" jobs, enterprise and innovation.

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alan - three poppies

Peace -

My New Year's Resolution has been to cultivate peace within, to work on delaying an automatic response.  I find these two quotes helpful.

"Anger is that powerful internal force that blows out the light of reason."

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"At the core of all anger is a need that is not being fulfilled."

-- Marshall B. Rosenberg