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golden walk

Golden is the day I walk in…

~The White Rabbit

Photo by Iliana

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sis and i

A dream-like state…that’s how life has been for the last few months. Mom began feeling weakness on her left side and her ability to function diminished quite quickly. After a scan and MRI, the cause was finally determined: Brain cancer. Wednesday, she underwent surgery to remove the pear-shaped entity. We were told that she had only three months to live if she did not undergo the procedure and up to a year if she did. We were also told after the surgery she would remain in an induced coma for about two to three days. The above picture was taken at the hospital by my brother-in-law as my sister and I paced the hallways, praying. My mom is now recovering. She came out of surgery without having to be induced into a coma. We were told she would never be the same again. The future appeared bleak. We thought we had lost her. Miracles happen. Just a few hours after the surgery, mom was conscious and in good spirits, smiling, recognizing all of us, by name even, asking for food. Weak but with her radiant personality in tact. Her follow up scan and MRI revealed that the surgeon had removed almost all of the malignancy. What remains will be sustained/controlled with two weeks of chemo-therapy. Her lifespan may be longer than expected. At this point, we are taking each day as a miracle and gift, enjoying her presence ever so much. My mom is the strongest willed person I’ve known, always laughing and in good spirits, she continues–we hope for a long time. For now, we live in the moment, appreciating each second with her, thanking the higher power and all of you who helped my mom during this very hard period. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you. We ask for your continued prayers and support.

Blessed be always, Iliana


“In the beginning was nothing, which exploded.”

~Terry Pratchett

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Today, the Federal Communications Commission will vote on a proposal that could put the Internet as we know it at risk. The FCC could allow big corporations like Verizon and Comcast to charge big websites for an Internet fast lane, putting the rest of us in the slow lane and tearing the Internet apart in a way that might make it difficult to put it back together again.

This is serious enough that thousands of people are taking unprecedented actions across the country today to show the FCC what happens when they threaten the free and open Internet. MoveOn members are showing up at FCC offices in 20 cities, and we’re joining allies at a major rally in Washington, D.C., where brave activists have been camped outside the FCC for more than a week.

Will you join this massive day of action to save the Internet by sharing this post on social media right now?

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Go here for other online actions you can take

If everyone who gets this email shares this image, it will be seen by tens of millions of people. The Internet will be a giant sea of orange, and it will be impossible for the media and the FCC to ignore us.  

We’ve already made a huge mark. We’ve submitted 10,000 MoveOn members’ stories and have made more than 2,000 calls to the White House, Congress, and the FCC, helping to shut their phone lines down. This, combined with the efforts of our allies, has thrown the FCC’s plans into “chaos,” according to Time magazine.1 

And it’s working. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is considering reclassifying the Internet as a “common carrier,” which is the best way to protect the free and open Internet. 

That’s why we can’t let up. Verizon, Comcast, and other telecommunications giants know how to get their way with the FCC. The only way to fight back is with a massive public outcry. Today, all eyes will be on the FCC, and thousands of people will be taking action on the ground. Online action from you in support of a free and open Internet will make us impossible to ignore. Will you share this image on Facebook to show the FCC where you stand?

Yes, I will.

No, but I will take another online action.

Thanks for all you do.

Maria, Victoria, Corinne, Kyle, and the rest of the team

P.S. MoveOn members are showing up at noon today at FCC offices in 20 cities around the country to send shockwaves through the FCC bureaucracy. Will you check to see if you can attend an event near you?

Source:

1. “FCC Net-Neutrality Plan in Chaos,” Time, May 12, 2014
http://time.com/96688/net-neutrality-plan-in-chaos/

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new mexico“Why do you go away?  So that you can come back.  So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors.  And the people there see you differently, too.  Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”
~Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky    


Dream it! Do it!

“If you can dream it, you can do it.”

~Walt Disney

Related non-blog post:

http://www.creativitypost.com/create/if_you_can_dream_it_you_can_do_it


Reflection

”how sad and bad and mad it was – but then, how it was sweet”

~Robert Browning


Lillies on Pad

“Now folds the lily all her sweetness up,
And slips into the bosom of the lake;
So fold thyself, my dearest, thou, and slip
Into my bosom, and be lost in me.”

~Tennyson—The Princess. VII. L. 171.


Bird of Paradise

“The Bird of Paradise alights only upon the hand that does not grasp.”

~Author Unknown


I AM

“I, the I AM of you, bring to you this My Message, My loving Word, as I have brought to you everything in life, be it book or ‘Master,’ to teach you that I, and I alone, your own True Self, AM The Teacher for you, the only Teacher and the only God, Who is and always has been providing you not only with the Bread and Wine of Life, but with all things needed for your physical, mental and spiritual growth and sustenance.”

~J. S. Benner, The Impersonal Life


Day Dreaming

“Let your mind start a journey through a strange new world. Leave all thoughts of the world you knew before. Let your soul take you where you long to be. Close your eyes, let your spirit soar and you’ll live as you’ve never lived before.”

~Erich Fromm  1900 – 1980


Bark Fungus

“If you are in conflict, you will not ask me for a method. Were I to give you a method you would merely be disciplining yourself according to that method, trying to imitate an ideal, a pattern which I have laid down and, therefore, destroying your own intelligence, whereas if you are really conscious of that conflict, in that consciousness suffering will become acute and in that acuteness, in that intensity, you will dissolve the cause of suffering, which is the lack of understanding of the environment.”

~Krishnamurti, Total Freedom


Morning Dew

“Whenever we expand the realm of our experience, the limitations of our rational mind become apparent and we have to modify, or even abandon, some of our concepts.”  ~Fritjof Capra


vortex

“The image is more than an idea. It is a vortex or cluster of fused ideas and is endowed with energy.”
~Ezra Pound


break time

“Maybe if you were not so afraid of becoming mad, or of losing your body, you would understand this marvelous secret. But perhaps you must wait until you lose fear to understand what I mean” (Castaneda, 1968, p. 138).

~The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge by Carlos Castaneda


dragonfly

The Dragon-fly

By Alfred Lord Tennyson

Today I saw the dragon-fly

Come from the wells where he did lie.

An inner impulse rent the veil

Of his old husk: from head to tail

Came out clear plates of sapphire mail.

He dried his wings: like gauze they grew;

Thro’ crofts and pastures wet with dew

A living flash of light he flew.


somewhere in time

Elise McKenna: The man of my dreams has almost faded now. The one I have created in my mind. The sort of man each woman dreams of, in the deepest and most secret reaches of her heart. I can almost see him now before me. What would I say to him if he were really here? “Forgive me. I have never known this feeling. I have lived without it all my life. Is it any wonder, then, I failed to recognize you? You, who brought it to me for the first time. Is there any way that I can tell you how my life has changed? Any way at all to let you know what sweetness you have given me? There is so much to say. I cannot find the words. Except for these: I love you”. Such would I say to him if he were really here.


no clue

“There are certain half-dreaming moods of mind in which we naturally steal away from noise and glare, and seek some quiet haunt where we may indulge our reveries and build our air castles undisturbed.”
― Washington Irving, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories


views

“How much better is silence; the coffee cup, the table. How much better to sit by myself like the solitary sea-bird that opens its wings on the stake. Let me sit here for ever with bare things, this coffee cup, this knife, this fork, things in themselves, myself being myself.”
― Virginia Woolf, The Waves


london at twilight

 

“One might fancy that day, the London day, was just beginning. Like a woman who had slipped off her print dress and white apron to array herself in blue and pearls, the day changed, put off stuff, took gauze, changed to evening, and with the same sigh of exhilaration that a woman breathes, tumbling petticoats on the floor, it too shed dust, heat, colour; the traffic thinned; motor cars, tinkling, darting, succeeded the lumber of vans; and here and there among the thick foliage of the squares an intense light hung. I resign, the evening seemed to say, as it paled and faded above the battlements and prominences, moulded, pointed, of hotel, flat, and block of shops, I fade, she was beginning. I disappear, but London would have none of it, and rushed her bayonets into the sky, pinioned her, constrained her to partnership in her revelry.”
― Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway


“Someone told me there’s a girl out there, with love in her eyes and flowers in her hair….”


“Let us not talk falsely, now; the hour is getting late…”


London Observatory

“(An unhappy childhood was not) an unsuitable preparation for my future, in that it demanded a constant wariness, the habit of observation, and the attendance on moods and tempers; the noting of discrepancies between speech and action; a certain reserve of demeanour; and automatic suspicion of sudden favours.”
― Rudyard Kipling, Something Of Myself


something doesn't belong here

Imagine my surprise

at finding such a sight–

Could not surmise

from experiencing such a fright–

How could this be?

How could this be?

~Voiceless

 


a view

“What are the natural features which make a township handsome and worth going far to dwell in? A river with its waterfalls, meadows, lakes, hills, cliffs or individual rocks, a forest and single ancient trees–such things are beautiful. They have a high use which dollars and cents never represent. If the inhabitants of a town were wise they would seek to preserve these things though at a considerable expense. For such things educate far more than any hired teachers or preachers, or any at present recognized system of school education.”

~Henry David Thoreau


pretyy birds

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

The free bird leaps
on the back of the wind
and floats downstream
till the current ends
and dips his wings
in the orange sun rays
and dares to claim the sky.

But a bird that stalks
down his narrow cage
can seldom see through
his bars of rage
his wings are clipped and
his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings
with fearful trill
of the things unknown
but longed for still
and is tune is heard
on the distant  hill for the caged bird
sings of freedom

The free bird thinks of another breeze
an the trade winds soft through the sighing trees
and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn
and he names the sky his own.

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams
his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing

The caged bird sings
with a fearful trill
of things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom.

 
 

mexico“The observer is the observed.”

~J.D. Krishnamurti
 
 

white blooms

ALL IS FINISHED
I WANTED TO GIVE SOMETHING OF MY PAST
TO MY GRANDSON.
I TOLD HIM THAT I WOULD SING
THE SACRED WOLF SONG OVER HIM.
IN MY SONG, I APPLEALED TO THE WOLF
TO COME AND PRESIDE OVER US,
WHILE I WOULD PERFORM THE WOLF CEREMONY.
SO THAT THE BONDAGE BETWEEN MY GRANDSON
AND THE WOLF WOULD BE LIFE LONG.

I SANG.

IN MY VOICE WAS THE HOPE
THAT CLINGS TO EVERY HEARTBEAT.

I SANG.

IN MY WORDS WERE THE POWERS
I INHERITED FROM MY FOREFATHERS.

I SANG.

IN MY CUPPED HANDS LAY A SPRUCE SEED..
THE LINK TO CREATION.

I SANG.

IN MY EYES, SPARKLED LOVE.

AND THE SONG FLOATED
ON THE SUN’S RAYS FROM TREE TO TREE.
WHEN I HAD ENDED,
IT WAS AS IF THE WHOLE WORLD
LISTENED WITH US
TO HEAR THE WOLF’S REPLY.
WE WAITED A LONG TIME
BUT NONE CAME.
AGAIN I SANG,
HUMBLY
BUT AS INVITINGLY AS I COULD,
UNTIL MY THROAT ACHED
AND MY VOICE GAVE OUT.

ALL OF A SUDDEN
I REALIZED WHY NO WOLVES HAD HEARD
MY SACRED SONG.
THERE WERE NONE LEFT!

MY HEART FILLED WITH TEARS.
I COULD NO LONGER
GIVE MY GRANDSON
FAITH IN THE PAST, OUR PAST.
I…WEPT IN SILENCE.
ALL IS FINISHED!

CHIEF DAN GEORGE SALISH
(1899-1981)


Cathedral

“There’s a certain slant of light,
On winter afternoons,
That oppresses, like the weight
Of cathedral tunes.

Heavenly hurt it gives us;
We can find no scar,
But internal difference
Where the meanings are.

None may teach it anything,
‘Tis the seal, despair,-
An imperial affliction
Sent us of the air.

When it comes, the landscape listens,
Shadows hold their breath;
When it goes, ‘t is like the distance
On the look of death.”

~Emily Dickinson

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london

“The need for change bulldozed a road down the center of my mind.
~Maya Angelou

Well, this is Piccadilly Circus in the city of Westminster, London’s West end. When I first heard of the name, I was expecting a circus. But, I discovered it is a road junction and public space. This is what it looked like at night back in 1985.


Take me away

“What each must seek in his life never was on land or sea. It is something out of his own unique potentiality for experience, something that never has been and never could have been experienced by anyone else.”
~Joseph Campbell


point towards heaven

Be extremely subtle, even to the point of formlessness. Be extremely mysterious, even to the point of soundlessness. Thereby you can be the director of the opponent’s fate.
~Sun Tzu

I remember this day in 1997, these out of commission rockets stood so grand against the heavens. I waited until dusk to take the shot since I wanted to capture the essence of an era gone by. I used a Kodak disposable camera–must have appeared very professional! 😉

 


stagecoach

“A person without mirth is like a wagon without springs.” ~Proverb


 

spring is in the air

“Spring drew on . . . and a greenness grew over those brown [garden] beds, which, freshening daily, suggested the thought that Hope traversed them at night, and left each morning brighter traces of her steps.”
~Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

 


central park“A lake is a landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is Earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.”
~Henry David Thoreau, Walden


 

 

 

sacred and secular

“There is nothing so secular that it cannot be sacred, and that is one of the deepest messages of the Incarnation.”
Madeleine L’Engle


empire

“The foundation of empire is art and science. Remove them or degrade them, and the empire is no more. Empire follows art and not vice versa as Englishmen suppose.”
~William Blake


ferry

“For whatever we lose (a you or a me)
It’s always ourselves we find in the sea.”
~E.E. Cummings

That’s Miss Liberty far yonder!


saint pats

This church was part of both the elementary and high school I attended while living in Elizabeth, New Jersey: Saint Patrick‘s. Not to be confused with Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York. Unfortunately, the high school recently closed due to finances. However, I also heard that the high school may reopen at a new location. The school is quite an important one, especially for basketball.

The St. Patrick boys basketball team has won 13 state championships and produced more than 100 NCAA Division 1 players. The school has recently pumped out players such as Kyrie Irving, the No. 1 pick in last year’s NBA draft and the 2012 Rookie of the Year; and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who helped lead Kentucky to this year’s college national championship and was recently selected No. 2 overall in the 2012 NBA Draft.

St. Patrick was founded in 1868 and is one of the oldest parochial schools in New Jersey.”

Click here for more news about Saint Patrick’s High School in New Jersey.


Industrial Graveyard

We have been lost for so long, all we create points to the heavens as though unconsciously calling home. ~Voiceless

“If you don’t know where you’re going,
any road will take you there.”
– Lewis Carroll
(Alice in Wonderland)

 


“I believe in everything until it’s disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it’s in your mind. Who’s to say that dreams and nightmares aren’t as real as the here and now?”
―    John Lennon

Waltz of the Fairies


T.S. Eliot
“The Nobel Prize-winning British poet, playwright, and cat
lover, T.S. Eliot, wrote an entire book of poems about cats. His Old Possum’s
Book of Practical Cats was set to music by Andrew Lloyd Weber and became the
long-running musical, Cats.”

http://www.catquotes.com/famouscatlovers2.htm

What has kept me away for a while…Mia’s new baby, Mimzy. She was born on 3/17 at about 2:00 a.m. We–I–waited for more but she only had one. How curious? The vet said there are no more.

Mimzy and Mia

 Below she is playing with her mommy!

Mimzy playing with Mommy Mia


“Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.”
―    Eckhart Tolle

Dear Grandmother,

Not a day goes by without you on my mind…of how things could have been today if you were still here…of things I could have done differently…if only you were here. But, it is like you said to me just before you peacefully transcended…”in all things I am; you have never been and will never be without me or alone, for all our ancestors are here, there and everywhere my child. Our essence embraces you until eternity.”

These blooms were planted in your honor grandma on that day in which you passed on. Each time they bloom, they offer me your smile. These are grandma’s blooms–her essence.

Grandma's Bloom


lost in clouds

“To sacrifice control and live creatively requires attention to the subtle nuances and irregular orders going on around us.”

~Briggs and Peat, The Seven Life Lessons of Chaos: Spiritual Wisdom in the Science of Change


VangelisBlade Runner Blues frequencies resonate within my being, allowing a transference into a state where everything is a fluid continuous stream of sparkling soothing fluidity. Each morning just before dawn, it is a must combination with my meditation. Then, I’m ready for the Blade Runner Blues.

Deckard: [narrating] I don’t know why he saved my life. Maybe in those last moments he loved life more than he ever had before. Not just his life – anybody’s life; my life. All he’d wanted were the same answers the rest of us want. Where did I come from? Where am I going? How long have I got? All I could do was sit there and watch him die.”

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Smoke and Fire“Where there is smoke, there is fire.”


sliver

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”
~Rachel CarsonSilent Spring


filaments

What the shamans of ancient Mexico found out
when they focused their seeing on the dark sea of awareness was the revelation
that the entire cosmos is made of luminous filaments that extend themselves
infinitely. Shamans describe them as luminous filaments that go every which way
without ever touching one another. They saw that they are individual filaments,
and yet, they are grouped in inconceivably enormous masses.”

~Carlos Castanedas, The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge


pandemonium tremendum

“As the creator, God is the source of the abundance for immense variety manifest in creation. The reservoir for this abundance is the primordial chaos, identified as the Pandemonium Tremendum.”

~James E. Huchingson


pink and blue

“…when thought, which is emotion, which is action itself, is unimpeded in its movement, is not compelled or influenced or bound by an idea, and does not proceed from the background of tradition or habit, then that movement is creative.”

~Krishnamurti


parallel worlds

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”
~Dr Carl Sagan