Thursday, January 19, 2017


Sitting Zazen Last Night
Outside - Others
 Inside - Kuan Yin
Commonly known as the Goddess of Mercy but often depicted as both male and female to show this figure's limitless transcendence beyond gender
These past many weeks have been intense, with politics and the fate of the world in the forefront.  It is a perfect time to pull back inward before going on

Buddha's Lost Children is a beautiful documentary from the Dutch filmmaker Mark Verkerk. He follows the Thai Buddhist monk Khru Bah, who dedicated his life to helping the people in the villages and training orphans to be good Buddhists. The area he lives in is very poor and a lot of people are addicted or have been addicted to drugs. He bless them and teach them the good and bad things in life.  He also takes care of little orphans and with his help they can learn to take care of themselves and others, they have enough food and are able to go to school. Music: Tibetan Incantations - Om Mani Padme Hum.
Chants of Tibet: The Meditative Sound of Buddhist Chants--Om mani padme hum is probably the most famous mantra in Buddhism, the six syllabled mantra of the bodhisattva of compassion, Avalokiteshvara (Tibetan Chenrezig, Chinese Guanyin).
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Monday, January 16, 2017


Sunday January 15th 2017
Coinciding with the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., this family-friendly event featured readings and performances by artists and authors Andrew Solomon, Masha Gessen, Laurie Anderson, Rosanne Cash, Jeff Eugenides, Amy Goodman, Jacqueline Woodson, Monica Youn, A.M. Homes, Moustapha Bayoumi, Alexander Chee, Michael Cunningham, and others who read from a curated set of diverse writings and seminal texts that embody the ideals of democracy and free expression including excerpts from the Constitution, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s sermons, George Orwell’s 1984, the Federalist Papers, and other prose and poetry selections. Broadway Kids Against Bullying will perform the new single ‘I Have a Voice.’
Peacefully protesting
...endangered Free Speech
"Louder Together"
Suheir Hammad

"Still against War"

Audre Lorde

"We the People" - "Freedom to Write"

"Not My President"

George Orwell

The lion perch

View from the stage
"Heil No"
"No tweeting bully can shut it up"
Broadway Kids sing "I Have a Voice"

Rita Dove and Robert Pinsky
The lion perch again
"Old School Progressive"

"Dare to Resist"

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Saturday, January 14, 2017


One more orange cat

Oh Tannenbaum...How lovely are thy branches

Preparing the candles



 Almost half way through January and I am finally looking back, perhaps because looking forward is a continual horror show about how inconsistency is the one constant we can trust in this furious future bearing down upon us much too fast.
From New York City to be with friends in Massachusetts
19th December to 30th December

...picking up speed
Three hours later--a sunset arrival
slowing down...
...clickety clacking to a full stop.
I'm picked up, welcomed and driven to the house where I climb the stairs and deposit my bags on the guest room bed just off this room with it's perches for felines and books familiar to every visitor.

Morning Window
Stick sculpture
My reflection
Paper- white Narcissus
Old Milk-glass Treasure
The Core Family at the beginning
The Holiday Tree ready for family and friends
Prize Poinsietta
Peace is our intention

Orange Cats
...and there

More to come.........