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Photos from the Peace Rally

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Niagara Square, Buffalo, New York, September 1, 2013

Urban Simplicity.

Wise Words…

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That’s Howard pictured above (or is it Harold…sorry I am not that great with remembering names). He is one of a number of silent peaceful protesters that I see standing at the intersection of Elmwood and Bidwell each and every Saturday…rain or shine, snow or cold. They’ve been doing this for years. The women not pictured, who are standing to his left, are part of the Women in Black movement. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve ridden past them. So today as I did so I decided to stop and say hi and thank you. I really believe that peaceful measures are our only hope if we, as a species, choose to survive (yes, it is our choice). We really need to give peace a chance. Anyhow, this post is to them…the peaceniks on the corner who are stand up for what the believe…

Urban Simplicity.

Non-Violence Overcoming Hatred; Love in Action

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Firstly, I have to apologize for so many Beatles-centric videos…three in a row. I do really like them, but that’s not the reason; I posted the one yesterday and happened to come across the above one today (and then had to post the below one as well). Anyhow, this is awesome. If you only watch one of these watch the one above (but I do hope you view both). The above video was filmed in Times Square just yesterday by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady. It begins by showing Terry Jones spewing his hatred in Times Square. For those who have not heard of him, Terry Jones is the so-called pastor who threatened to burn the Holy Koran at his Florida church last year. Anyhow, the camera pans the stunned crowd and then one guy–who it looks like he Googled the lyrics on his phone–begins to sing. Within a short time the crowd is singing All You Need is Love loud enough that the pretend pastor is no longer heard. This is such an excellent short film.

Things That Can be Carried on a Bike (#476)

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A canvas bag containing–among other things–a cell phone, an extra camera, and a small Bible; two boxes of vital wheat gluten, four small picture frames, and four new stickers (which now reside on the bike pictured).

Urban Simplicity.

Two Signs of Protest

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The above image was borrowed from Face Your Farmer, and the below one has been floating around the internet for quite a while. I like what they say and I believe them both to be true and accurate…but that’s not why I do both these things (at least not the only reason). Each year I grow a victory garden in my front and rear yards and of course I ride bikes a lot, mostly for transportation. I do this because I enjoy the vegetables and I dislike cutting grass, and the bike riding keeps me fit and saves money on petrol. But mostly, I do both these things because I enjoy doing them…I’m just saying. But, on the same note, I also feel that if more people did these things–because they wanted to, not because they were forced to or had to out of necessity–the world would likely be a better place. I also like both of these acts because even an introvert like myself can perform them and still–hopefully–have an impact. At the very least, I hope that if you–the reader or visitor to this blog–agree with these that you will download the images and pass them along. I’ll get off my little soapbox now. Peace.

Urban Simplicity.

Five Quotes That Inspire Me

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“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” 
“A life is either all spiritual or not spiritual at all. No man can serve two masters. Your life is shaped by the end you live for. You are made in the image of what you desire.”
“Non-violence begins with me.”
“Be the change you want to see in the world.” 
There is a criterion by which you can judge whether the thoughts you are thinking and the things you are doing are right for you. The criterion is: Have they brought you inner peace?”
To read more in the Five Quotes series, click here.