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How to charge your mobile phone using a mud oven


Angela GHEORGHIU - Vissi d'arte - Tosca - Puccini


PATTI SMITH in conversation with Paul Holdengräber

Thanksgiving highlights

A few highlights from last night.... we had a big party, lots of family, new friends and old friends....speeches... (i'm trying to figure out how to get that up here if it might be entertaining but couldn't do it this morning) good conversation, abundant food.... a good night.  it might be the last one at my parents house wth everyone all together, so i was very grateful for all of it and to be there. And i had the great honor to wear the turkey apron, which I did with the greatest of pleasure.....

Happy Thanksgiving to you!!


David Whyte

a meditation on the eve of Thanksgiving as we all gather together...
THE ROAD TO FORGIVENESS .. after the pilgrim lanes,
and the ruined chapel,
the gull cries and the sea-hush 
at the back of the island,
it was the way, standing still
or looking out
or walking, or even talking
with others in the evening bar,
holding your drink
or laughing with the rest,
that you realized part of you
had already dropped to its knees,
to pray, to sing, to look,
to fall in love with everything
and everyone again,
that someone from far inside you
had walked out into the sea light
and the great embracing quiet
to raise its hands
and forgive
everyone in your short life
you thought you hadn’t,
and that all along
you had been singing
your quiet way
through the rosary of silence
that held their names…. ... Excerpted from LEAVING THE ISLAND :
Twenty Poems of Requited and Unrequited Love’
© David Whyte and Many Rivers Press

Hello old friend :)


Ann Hamilton - Making and the Spaces we Share

A beautiful conversation
Revelation Must Be TerribleRevelation must be
   terrible with no time left
to say goodbye. Imagine that moment
   staring at the still waters
with only the brief tremor of your body to say
   you are leaving everything
and everyone you know behind. Being far from home is hard, but you know,
   at least we are exiled together.
When you open your eyes to the world you are on your own for
   the first time. No one is
even interested in saving you now and the world steps in
   to test the calm fluidity of your body
from moment to moment as if it believed you could join
   its vibrant dance
of fire and calmness and final stillness. As if you were meant to be exactly
   where you are, as if
like the dark branch of a desert river you could flow on without a speck
   of guilt and everything
everywhere would still be just as it should be. As if your place in the world mattered
   and the world could
neither speak nor hear the fullness of its own bitter and beautiful cry
   without the deep well
of your body resonating in th…

Kehinde Wiley




work in progress


A dream becomes reality

What a great thing when someone takes a chance to make their dream a reality.  My brother has always wanted to own and run a summer camp.... he tried for years and wasn't able to make it happen.... But by a strange twist of fate, an opportunity presented itself to him, and he jumped, quitting his teaching job after 22 years or so and going for it with an amazing ammount of trust and faith that this was the right direction for his life to take.  He'd been waiting and was so ready for change as fate crossed his path and he embraced it.  I'm really excited for him and I know he is going to continue in the tradition of this beloved summer camp and rebuild it into something wonderful!  It is incredible to see someone so happy doing what they were born to do.

Camp Roosevelt and Firebird (for boys and girls) in Ohio

You can see more about his journey here:

A new facebook page for the camp:

five random things

Dalai Lama on Fighting Back At the end of the talk someone from the audience
...asked the Dalai Lama:
"Why didn't you fight back against the Chinese?"

The Dalai Lama looked down, swung his feet just a bit,
then looked back up at us and said with a gentle smile,
"Well, war is obsolete, you know."

Then, after a few moments, his face grave, he said,
"Of course the mind can rationalize fighting back...
but the heart, the heart would never understand.
Then you would be divided in yourself... the heart and the mind
...and the war would be inside you."

Jana Brike & Mary Ruelfe




Before you know what kindness really is
you must lose things,
feel the future dissolve in a moment
like salt in a weakened broth.
What you held in your hand,
what you counted and carefully saved,
all this must go so you know
how desolate the landscape can be
between the regions of kindness.
How you ride and ride
thinking the bus will never stop,
the passengers eating maize and chicken
will stare out the window forever.

Before you learn the tender gravity of kindness,
you must travel where the Indian in a white poncho
lies dead by the side of the road.
You must see how this could be you,
how he too was someone
who journeyed through the night with plans
and the simple breath that kept him alive.

Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside,
you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing.
You must wake up with sorrow.
You must speak to it till your voice
catches the thread of all sorrows
and you see the size of the cloth.

Then it is only kindness that makes sense anymore,
only kindness that ties y…

Hitomi Hosono


White Pots


New bird!


Making it in the little leagues: Aaron Draplin at TEDxPortland


Cecile Mclorin Salvant (I only have eyes for you)

I heard Cecile interviewed last week on the radio.... What an incredible voice and interpretation
of this song!  Enjoy!!

Kukur Tihar

Celebrating dogs today from Nepal to Cleveland Ohio!!

Hello my dearests wherever you are..... thank you beloved dogs for being in our lives.
I will never forget my first morning visiting Nepal when I was hurriedly called upstairs to see this little dog getting his tika.  I don't think he was very happy, but I was, and I hold this image as a lovely
first memory. Missing my Nepali friend and planning a trip to visit sometime soon.