Recently I began a new home renovation project, my biggest thus far…I’m moving my kitchen and raising the ceiling from 8ft to 12 feet. Doing this myself, this will without doubt take at least six months. At any rate, I’m off to a good start. My humble abode is about 150 years old; American CivilContinue reading “Found Objects, and a Holiday Greeting”
Niagara Square, Buffalo, New York, September 1, 2013 Urban Simplicity.
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 notContinue reading “Wise Words…”
Photo Found Here. 2013. It always feels a little odd to write the date of the new year for the first time. Just another day, or is it? Any day can be–and is–the opportunity for a fresh start, but today is especially pertinent being the beginning of a new calendar year. You may have seenContinue reading “A Fresh Start…Take What You Need (but give what you can)”
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 watchContinue reading “Non-Violence Overcoming Hatred; Love in Action”
This blog began as a sort of online diary (which it never really became) and sometimes I still treat it as such…hoping, I suppose, that someone reads it and it somehow effects them in a positive way. Even in the smallest way. Or that they respond and it inversely effects me (which it/you have…thank you).Continue reading “I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one…”
Photo found here. The 21st of September is International Day of Peace, with the lofty goal of international cease-fire for a day. It would be amazing, wouldn’t it? Whatever it is you do–whether you pray, meditate, sing, dance, chant, or contemplate…or just sit and think–I hope all of us will send our positive vibrations intoContinue reading “If just for one day…”
I ride or walk past this a few times a week each year around this time. The American Red Cross places flags across their massive front lawn each year in memorial to those lost in the 9/11 attack. And on each flag there is a small tag (visible in the photo), and each tag statesContinue reading “In Memorial…”
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.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer 4 February 1906 – 9 April 1945 Dietrich Bonhoeffer was of course a German theologian and pastor who was anti-war and anti-Nazi and ultimately was executed by the Nazis for his involvement in the group known as Abwehr. I’ve read that in a last act of humiliation he was forced to walk entirelyContinue reading “Five Quotes from Dietrich Bonhoeffer”
“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.” The Dalai Lama . I cried today. I haven’t done that in a while. My mind—and heart—are still reeling from the recent shootings in the movie theater in Colorado. What a horrific, selfish, and senseless act. I still cannot believe this actually happenedContinue reading “Five Quotes on Peace, Love, and Kindness…and why I think we need more of it”
The above image is of a pin that was given to me yesterday by a friend (thanks Jane!). It’s a miniature version of a sign that I’ve had in the front garden for the past years. Actually the sign in front of my house is the second sign…the first was stolen (how’s that for irony).Continue reading “A Pin, a Quote, and a Prayer…a few thoughts on peace”
“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” —Albert Einstein “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.” —Thomas Merton “Non-violence beginsContinue reading “Five Quotes That Inspire Me”
These are a few photos I took during the day and then just as the sun was going down. The reason I wrote the pics were taken “in a semi-delirium” is my current physical state…nothing major, just the common cold. But it’s one I’ve been fighting for about the past week or so, and I’mContinue reading “A Few Pics (during semi-delirium)”
Today was one of those days…you know what I’m talking about. Everyone has them once in a while. Crazy stupid busy at work, and I was annoyed and annoying. But this evening–after work and after a brief steam and swim at the health center–I sat under the grapevines in my backyard and pondered. I ateContinue reading “The Present is Now”
“History will not judge us by how much economic growth we achieve in the immediate years ahead, nor by how much we expand material consumption, but by the legacy for our grandchildren and their grandchildren,” he said. “We are consuming what is rightfully theirs by sacrificing long-term progress on the altar of immediate satisfaction. ThatContinue reading “24 Hours of Reality”
This is a little weird and scary…is it a premonition or just a metaphor? I originally took the top photo this past spring and posted it here; I titled the post “We Need This Now More Than Ever.” Since then it seems the world has gotten crazier than ever. The building the phrase was spray-paintedContinue reading “Peace Now and Then”
I came across this sign on someone’s front lawn while I was on my bike today. Enough already…the sign says it all.
Photo found here. I find the below video interesting on a few levels. The first is that how relevant it seems today though the song was written more than 40 years ago. The second is how at one point in the clip he talks about non-violence and Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi, and thenContinue reading “John Lennon 1940-1980”