December 7th, 2009

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A beautiful morning -

I love this time of year. It rained yesterday and there is snow on the mountaintops. The moon was shining in the sky this morning, an open eye in a maze of clouds, pink, silver-white linings, and fog.

The Holiday season feels well-begun and I am in decorating and card-writing mode. It began with putting on my red, decorated with snowmen, socks for an annual brunch and my Holiday bell and "I Believe in Santa" button.

All of this requires a cleaning out as pulling out one thing leads to seeing something else and realizing that there is a great deal here that can move on to another. It is that time of year.

I love this quote from Thomas Merton. It seems we can't escape this thing called love. All my cells feel pumped on love, little helium balloons floating up and down. I keep looking at the words, Peace on Earth. May it one day be so. For now, peace begins within. Tranquility is my word for the day.

Thought for the Day

Whether or not you claim to be interested in it, from the moment you are alive you are bound to be concerned with love, because love is not just something that happens to you: it is a certain special way of being alive.

Thomas Merton, Love and Living. (New York: Harcourt): 27.

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Love -

Quotes on Love keep coming my way:

"We are people who need to love, because love is the soul's life,
love is simply creation’s greatest joy."

- Hafiz

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Limericks -

This came to me as a Forward. Enjoy!!

The Washington Post runs a weekly contest in its Style section called the “Style Invitational.”

The requirements one week were to use the two words, “Lewinsky” (the Intern) and “Kaczynski,” (the Unabomber) in the same limerick. Now, remember, the following winning entries were actually printed verbatim in the newspaper, no bleeps or xxx's:

Third place:

There once was a girl named Lewinsky
Who played on a flute like Stravinsky
'Twas “Hail to the Chief”
On this flute made of beef
That stole the front page from Kaczynski.

Second place:

Said Clinton to young Ms. Lewinsky,
We don't want to leave clues like Kaczynski,
Since you made such a mess,
Use the hem of your dress
And please wipe that stuff off your chinsky.

And the winning entry:

Lewinsky and Clinton have shown
What Kaczynski must surely have known,
That an intern is better
Than a bomb in a letter,
When deciding how best to be blown.

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Hafiz -

All the Hemispheres

Leave the familiar for a while.
Let your senses and bodies stretch out

Like a welcomed season
Onto the meadows and shores and hills.

Open up the roof
Make a new water-mark on your excitement
And love.

Like a blooming night flower,
Bestow your vital fragrance of happiness
And giving
Upon our intimate assembly.

Change rooms in your mind for a day.

All the hemispheres in existence
Lie beside an equator
In your heart.

Greet Yourself
In your thousand other forms
As you mount the hidden tide and travel
Back home.

All the hemispheres in heaven
Are sitting around a fire

While stitching themselves together
Into the Great Circle inside of

- Hafiz

Translated by Daniel Ladinsky