July 21st, 2009

garden at green gulch

Good Morning!

The fog is again pink and sitting on the hill.  I feel uplifted when I look at it, and twirl the taste of cotton candy on my tongue.

My insides rise to it.   The following words come my way today.

If you are too busy to purr, you are too busy.
— Meow Tzu, Meow Te Ching

Book Cover

Advice to all -

Advice to Young Poets

by Martin Espada

Never pretend
to be a unicorn
by sticking a plunger on your head


"Advice to Young Poets" by Martin Espada, from The Republic of Poetry. © W.W. Norton & Company, 2008.

alan - morning glory center

Humane treatment of prisoners -

Sometimes I am shocked to discover what I don't know.  I would never have imagined that female prisoners are shackled during labor. 

I don't even know what to say about this, except that I hope it ends.  Can't we welcome the child into the world with as much love and positive energy as possible?  Any birth should be gently encouraged.  I wonder sometimes why there is so much stress, anger, and hatred on the planet and then, I read this, and think of how a certain percentage of us enter the world, and see why it is a bumpy road for many.  May this practice soon change in every state in the country.  


Childbirth in Chains

Published: July 20, 2009

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists called several years ago for an end to the barbaric and medically hazardous practice of shackling female prisoners during labor. In addition to further frightening these vulnerable women, the practice of chaining their legs, wrists and even their abdomens makes treatment and delivery more difficult and places mother and child at greater risk of harm.

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