Oh Lord, Please help me
drink all my champagne
from small glasses.
From POST CARDS: FROM NO WHERE
by Jo Ann Lordahl
Spirituality, Gandhi said over and over again, is about being real. It’s about being in touch with who we really are. It’s not about shoving stuff in corners, or under rugs. It’s being alive. That’s what it’s about. So, again, I’d say that’s one of the spiritual benefits of engaging in nonviolence, because these things come up to us in our face in a way that they sometimes might not in other kinds of context.
George Lakey, New Theory, Old Practice: Nonviolence and Quakers, The Thirty- fourth Annual Michener Quaker Lecture in Florida, 1-18-2004. P 18
is the wall upon
I hang the creations
of my imagination. From POST CARDS: FROM NO WHERE by Jo Ann Lordahl
Now for the difficult part – Now for the difficult part – I must apologize. And try to explain: there is simply
no way I can keep up with my Facebook correspondence. Not and do my work of writing. This is not fair of me and I feel sad.
What do I do instead? I’m beginning a new book. With a big question: Will I live long enough to finish it?
Who knows, I’ve answered myself. And that’s not my problem! Mine is doing my daily routine as best I can – and thanking readers as best I can! Here’s a quick look at the latest efforts:
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1. Doing The Best I Can
With world enough and time
I’ll insist on perfection.
In this one
Aim for survival,
with grace and love.
Today’s blog is mostly reminders to myself as I continue to watch war stuff on TV and also to read anti-war material. Hard for me not to become depressed as I become aware again of how wasteful, expensive, and devastating war actually is.
These are troubled times. Chris Hedges, the greatest evil is War, Seven Stories Press, 2022, is not for the faint of heart. Chris Hedges has been to war, several of them actually, and he knows his territory. Chris Hedges’ reporting is up close and personal. Hard to ignore. Difficult to read.
Here are a couple of quotes from Mirabai Starr, Wild Mercy: Living the Fierce and Tender Wisdom of the Women Mystics, sounds true, 2019.
The song I am singing—and millions of my sisters and brothers are everywhere echoing the refrain—is one of interdependence and mutual empowerment, of collaboration rooted in life. These are feminine values. Cooperation and emotional connection. Championing one another’s efforts to build a better society and supporting one another’s projects to sustain the earth. p 83
All times are urgent times, yet I don’t think humanity as a whole has ever faced the magnitude of the threat of imminent extinction with which we are presently confronted. And rather than doing everything they can to thwart disaster, certain men in charge of steering the ship of the world are leading us straight into the iceberg. p 89
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