50,000-59,999 SparkPoints
VALERIEMAHA's Recent Blog Entries

Monster Monsanto's Genetically Engineered Alfalfa

Friday, February 04, 2011

Maria Rodale is one of my sheros, an exceptional role model and leader. I love her book _Organic Manifesto_. Scroll down on this link to check out the synopsis and biographical information that will give you some fascinating insights about the book and her:

She wrote this preamble to the following letter posted in her Huffington Post column on February 1, 2011, "Straight to the Source:"

Every once in a while an issue comes along that is so shockingly wrong, that people seem to spontaneously unite in opposition. This is one of those times. I am very honored to post this letter, written by some of the most informed, passionate, and good-hearted people I know. Please, do what you can to fight against the GMO contamination of our bodies and our environment by demanding organic. Thank you.
--Maria Rodale, CEO & Chair, Rodale, Inc.

We stand united in opposition to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) decision to once again allow unlimited, nationwide commercial planting of Monsanto's genetically engineered (GE) Roundup Ready alfalfa, despite the many risks to organic and conventional farmers.

Last spring more than 200,000 people submitted comments to the USDA highly critical of the substance and conclusions of its draft EIS on GE Alfalfa. Instead of responding to these comments and concerns, including expert comments from farmers, scientists, academics, conservationists, and food safety and consumer advocates, the USDA has chosen instead to listen to a handful of agricultural biotechnology companies.

USDA's decision to allow unlimited, nationwide commercial planting of
Monsanto's GE Roundup Ready alfalfa without any restrictions flies in the face of the interests of conventional and organic farmers, preservation of the environment, and consumer choice. USDA has become a rogue agency in its regulation of biotech crops and its decision to appease the few companies who seek to benefit from this technology comes despite increasing evidence that GE alfalfa will threaten the rights of American farmers and consumers, as well as damage the environment.

The Center for Food Safety will be suing on this decision.

In the coming months, we will be seeing USDA proposals to allow unrestricted plantings of GE sugar beets, and GE corn and soy crops designed to resist toxic pesticides, such as 2-4D and Dicamba, highly toxic pesticides that pose a serious threat to our health and the environment. To win these critical and difficult battles, the entire organic community, and our allies in the conventional food and farming community, will have to work together.

Now is the time to unite in action. We need to work together to restore sanity to our food system, stop the deregulation of GE crops and join together against the forces that are seeking to silence hundreds of thousands of Americans.

As we move forward, we are united in opposing genetically engineered organisms in food production and believe that pressure to stop the proliferation of this contaminating technology must be focused on the White House and Congress. The companies responsible for this situation are the biotech companies whose GE technology causes genetic drift and environmental hazards that are not contained as the deregulation of genetically engineered alfalfa goes forward. The organic community stands together with consumer, farmer, environmental and business interests to ensure practices that are protective of health and the environment.

We urge you to join us today.


Joan Boykin, The Organic Center
Christine Bushway, Organic Trade Association
Jay Feldman, Beyond Pesticides
Michael Funk, United Natural Foods Inc (UNFI)
Elizabeth Henderson, NOFA Interstate Council
Gary Hirshberg, Stonyfield Farm
Liana Hoodes, National Organic Coalition
Kristina Hubbard, Organic Seed Alliance
Faye Jones, Midwest Organic Sustainable Education Service
Robby Kenner, Robert Kenner Films
Andrew Kimbrell, Center for Food Safety
Russell Libby, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners (MOFGA)
Ed Maltby, Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance (NODPA)
Robyn O'Brien, Allergy Kids
Keith Olcott, Equal Exchange
Michael Pollan, Author
Maria Rodale, Rodale Inc.
Eric Schlosser, Author
Robynn Schrader, National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA)
Corinne Shindelar, INFRA
George Siemon, Organic Valley
Michael Sligh, Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI)
Megan Westgate, Non-GMO Project
Maureen Wilmot, Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF)
Enid Wonnacott, Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT)




CHECK IT OUT -- Even fitness guru Jillian Michaels loves Rodale's work: "Maria’s pedigree gives her the authority and credibility to educate Americans on this important subject matter. The information in _Organic Manifesto_ will empower you not only to save your own life and the lives of your family but also to do your part in saving the world. If you read one book this year, please make this one it!" -- Jillian Michaels

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MZZCHIEF 2/9/2011 6:22PM

    O this can't be a coincidence... I just got done watching a hulu on this.

Here's the addy. The video is about an hour and a half long.
I really liked the part at the 26 minute part, and animation of how recumbant DNA is created and inserted in corn cells.

Truly frightening!
Here's the site, its the first blog FOOD>
off to read about molasses cake...
: )

Report Inappropriate Comment
WOLFKITTY 2/6/2011 5:12PM

    Wow, oh my gosh.
Thanks for the info.


Report Inappropriate Comment
CINDYC53 2/6/2011 1:26PM

    Thank you so much for putting this together!! I reposted it to my FB page. I'll write those letters! I've also been very concerned about this subject - having been enlightened by "Food Inc." Love your blogs!!

Report Inappropriate Comment

    Thank you for posting this we need to stop this kind of thing from happening its killing us!!I only do Organic planting and always have, my sister used chemicals on her yard and gardens and ended up almost dead with cancer!!I say we unite against this stuff!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
VEGGIE_POWERED 2/6/2011 8:36AM

    Thanks for posting this - I contacted the President and plan to let my other "elected" representatives know how I feel about this as well. The article and its contents were also pushed out to every social media channel I use. If we all do a little, we can all do a lot. Take down Monsanto - bring the rain!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
COLIBRI930 2/5/2011 8:36AM

    Excellent! I am so glad you are putting the word out about the GM alfalfa and the evils of Monsanto. This is a battle that my democrat, republican and libertarian friends are all united on. As more and more people become aware of what's going on, resistance will grow.

Report Inappropriate Comment
PEACEFULONE 2/5/2011 2:37AM

    I support this action 100%! I will write Senators and the President as well as the Sec. of Agriculture. GMO foods are a disaster for the environment and farmers, and most pesticides are also. They are engineering seeds that require the companion pesticide and that have to be purchased every year. The seeds won't reproduce and can't be saved over like the original seeds could. The farmer is caught in a never ending debt cycle to Monsanto. I support the organic farmers and buy their produce when available.

"The Future of Food" is an excellent video that talks about the evils of Monsanto, GMOs and corporate farming.

Thank you for your support of the honey bees via my blog as well!

Report Inappropriate Comment
VEEJAY3 2/5/2011 1:04AM

    I felt like I was in bizarro world this past summer ... drove from Denver through Kansas then South to Dallas to send my son to college ... and all thru Kansas -- the bread basket of America -- there were HUGE billboards smack in the middle of crop fields:

As if it were something to BRAG about.

My stomach turns.

Report Inappropriate Comment
NETINETI 2/4/2011 10:43PM

    I started to watch "Food, Inc." twice. Both times I started to cry within the first few minutes. I have so much admiration for the ecofood warriors who are on the front lines in the war against Monsanto and their ilk.
Consciously yours,

Report Inappropriate Comment
SUNNY332 2/4/2011 7:53PM

    We plant a huge garden - several families involved and I definitely am pro organic gardens. I ordered the book and can't wait to read it.

My Mother died of Leukemia which doctors are convienced came from the pesticides she and dad used in their gardens. I was not too convienced of this until the past few years when I learn more about those pesticides.

I plant plants around and in my garden that aide in the pest control and just know I can do more.

I can't wait. I am knee deep into garden books/catalogs right now anyway. It is the time of year I plan our spring plantings. While January/Feburary/March might be a bad time of the year, I love it! This year, we are expanding the garden.

Thanks so much.

Hugs, Sunny

Report Inappropriate Comment
DOR2BFIT 2/4/2011 7:41PM

    I said it before, and I say it again- Monsanto is despicable. I have heard many people speak about being ruined by Monsanto because their genetically engineered crops contaminated their property, and then Monsanto turns around and makes them pay for 'stealing' it. They MUST be stopped. They make my blood boil!

Report Inappropriate Comment
CLAYKEEPER 2/4/2011 7:31PM

    Thank you... reposted to my Facebook page...

Report Inappropriate Comment
JUSTBIRDY 2/4/2011 5:15PM


Report Inappropriate Comment
SLASALLE 2/4/2011 5:14PM

    Maha - As always, you are ahead of me on this one. While I have signed petitions to President Obama and others, I am lagging behind on educating myself beyond the most basic of concepts. Your posting helps me there ... and is appreciated.

I do find it interesting that representatives from some of the companies that were criticized in the recent article I forwarded to you are included as signing on here (for example, Stonyfield Farms, if I remember correctly from scanning the earlier article).

By the way, because Michelle Obama has become such an advocate of healthy eating, I am considering writing to her directly and separately. I'm sure she has an in with the big guy!! LOL



Report Inappropriate Comment
GOANNA2 2/4/2011 4:29PM

    Wow, what an eye opener.
I would love to grow my own vegetables now.
You are right to put this out and people need
to get behind the fight to stop this insanity.

You are amazing. Thank you for posting this blog.

Report Inappropriate Comment
TAMI1691 2/4/2011 4:25PM

    heirloom vegetables still have the best flavour.
Grow your own if you can. support heritage varieties which have been saved by sensible people for thousands of years.

Report Inappropriate Comment
_RAMONA 2/4/2011 3:50PM

    I DETEST what Monsanto is doing, and I just can't understand HOW they got a toehold in the first place... they make NO sense whatsoever!!!

I live 50 miles from Percy Schmieser (the guy in Cananda who legally took on Monsanto and their genetically engineered (GE) Roundup Ready Canola) and I still cannot believe that people just don't get how bad this is for everyone. And how can anyone justify owning the patent to SEED??!!!

Monsanto and food should never be in the same sentence.

YOU are and amazing woman, Maha, and I am glad to have finally crossed paths! Thanks for all you do!

{{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}

Comment edited on: 2/4/2011 3:57:12 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
ERIN4771 2/4/2011 3:43PM

    i really wish that company would just go under all ready!!! seriously, how are not more people enraged by all the info that is out there on them?? thanks for posting this!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
DDOORN 2/4/2011 3:38PM

    Thx so much for this very important Head's Up 'Maha!


Report Inappropriate Comment

    What an amazign blog!! This is one of the reasons that I love you!! I'm copying this and posting to my own blog, I hope you do not mind. This topic is near and dear to my heart.

Report Inappropriate Comment

Happy Groundhog Day!

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Groundhog Day

Celebrate this unlikely oracle,
this ball of fat and fur,
whom we so mysteriously endow
with the power to predict spring.
Let's hear it for the improbable heroes who,
frightened at their own shadows,
nonetheless unwittingly work miracles.
Why shouldn't we believe
this peculiar rodent holds power
over sun and seasons in his stubby paw?
Who says that God is all grandeur and glory?

Unnoticed in the earth, worms
are busily, brainlessly, tilling the soil.
Field mice, all unthinking, have scattered
seeds that will take root and grow.
Grape hyacinths, against all reason,
have been holding up green shoots beneath the snow.
How do you think spring arrives?
There is nothing quieter, nothing
more secret, miraculous, mundane.
Do you want to play your part
in bringing it to birth? Nothing simpler.
Find a spot not too far from the ground
and wait.

~ Lynn Ungar ~
(Blessing the Bread)


Punxsutawney Phil emerged just after dawn on Groundhog Day to make his 125th annual weather forecast in front of a smaller-than-usual crowd who braved muddy, icy conditions to hear his handlers reveal that he had not seen his shadow.

Including Wednesday's forecast, Phil has seen his shadow 98 times and hasn't seen it just 16 times since 1887. There are no records for the remaining years, though the group has never failed to issue a forecast.

The celebration took place on Gobbler's Knob, a tiny hill in Punxsutawney, a borough of about 6,100 residents some 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

The celebration is rooted in a German superstition that says if a hibernating animal casts a shadow on Feb. 2, the Christian holiday of Candlemas, winter will last another six weeks. If no shadow was seen, legend said spring would come early.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SUNNY332 2/4/2011 8:00AM

    Sadness will not come with an early spring,
I will be so happy that I could sing.

Our drive home was good yesterday,
No troubles for us on the highways.

Son and neighbor also plowed our drive,
They should get more than a high five.

We were so happy to be home in the afternoon,
Now we are settled, we'll not go again until June.

Take care my Friend and thanks for sharing your prose,
Phil did us good - an early spring & an end to the snows.

Report Inappropriate Comment
PEACEFULONE 2/3/2011 1:17AM

    Lovely poem and thoughts of spring. Let's hope Spring happens slowly or there will be flooding when all this snow melts. We have a resident ground hog, but we have only seen him when he is feasting on fallen mulberries or apples. There is joy in making room for nature. Thanks for sharing!

Report Inappropriate Comment
VEEJAY3 2/2/2011 7:36PM

    Hyacinths ... hyacinths ... my brain is trying to call up something from the depths at the sound of that word ...

"If, of thy mortal goods, thou art bereft,
And from thy slender store two loaves
alone to thee are left,
Sell one & from the dole,
Buy Hyacinths to feed the soul"
- Muslihuddin Sadi,
13th Century Persian Poet

A poem in exchange for a poem, and the world is once again in balance.

Report Inappropriate Comment
SLASALLE 2/2/2011 7:05PM

    After all the shoveling today (long story, more in my gratitude post), I'm definitely smiling at the thought of an early spring. However, I got a GREAT workout in and I DO enjoy how beautiful the snow is, as long as I don't have to drive in it.

Hope you enjoyed your classes!!!


Report Inappropriate Comment

    I miss the groundhogs! I lived in Penn for 10 years and loved seeing them! We don't have any here in Miss.

Great blog! Bring on that early Spring!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
TELERIE 2/2/2011 5:47PM

    Phil is cute, but his predictions are clearly not working where I live. We're lucky to get an early spring in April!

Report Inappropriate Comment
CLAYKEEPER 2/2/2011 3:55PM

    He's so cute ! Hooray for an early spring ... now we just need to convince the winter gods ! Have a lovely week .....

Report Inappropriate Comment
GOANNA2 2/2/2011 3:34PM

    Wow, everyone will be happy with an early Spring no doubt.
Groundhog looks so cute. The poem was lovely, emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
DDOORN 2/2/2011 11:24AM

    C'mon SPRING! :-)


Report Inappropriate Comment


Report Inappropriate Comment
2BMYOWN 2/2/2011 11:10AM

    Loved the poem! I think groundhoggy Phil is on drugs.....LMAO

Report Inappropriate Comment
SUNNY332 2/2/2011 9:12AM

    Phil did not see his shadow which means an early spring. I, for one, will be ready. How about you.

Loved the prose today.


We are still stranded in Kansas but hope the roads are clear enough to travel tomorrow. I am ready to get home.

Report Inappropriate Comment

    Have I told you yet today that I love you!

Report Inappropriate Comment
JESPAH 2/2/2011 9:03AM

    Lovely, but I think ole Phil's prognosticating powers are off this year. An early Spring???

Sadly, I fear, Phil may be slipping....

Report Inappropriate Comment
ROX525 2/2/2011 7:49AM

    Groundhog day and we are at a standstill outside with a thick sheet of ice everywhere. Hopefully ice isn't covering his hole. Have a great day!

Report Inappropriate Comment
WATERMELLEN 2/2/2011 6:59AM

    This is so delightful!! Poem and image!!

Love groundhogs all summer in the clover on the golf course (the groundskeeper, not so much). And love to think about an intrepid one poking his nose out of the ground . . . certainly not happening yesterday or today in our neck of the woods!! Cold cold cold, blowy and blizzardy . . . stay tucked up tight, groundhogs!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
DAISY443 2/2/2011 6:24AM

    Great thought! Thanks so much for sharing. I hope the furry little beast is a true harbinger of spring. I'm more than ready!

Report Inappropriate Comment
DDBRENNE 2/2/2011 6:15AM

  Great Poem thanks! Groundhogs are cute, and of course magical.

Report Inappropriate Comment

I needed this reminder today....

Friday, January 28, 2011

Horsehead Nebula

("found poetry")

The most beautiful and profound emotion we can experience
is the sensation of the mystical.
It is the sower of all true science.
He to whom this emotion is a stranger,
who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe,
is as good as dead.
To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists,
manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty,
which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their primitive forms --
this knowledge, this feeling,
is at the center of true religion.

~ Albert Einstein ~
(The Merging of Spirit and Science, cited in
All Things Give God Glory, ed. by S. Rena)

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
Dreams are real as long as they last. Can we say more of life?
-- Henry Havelock Ellis

When we wake up from a dream into waking consciousness, we do not pass from unreality to reality; we pass from a lower level of reality to a higher level. And, the mystics of all religions say, there is a higher level still, compared with which this waking life of ours is as insubstantial as a dream.

Yet until we do wake up, nothing sounds more absurd than the assertion that we are dreaming, and nothing seems more solid than this world of the senses. Why should this be so? If original goodness is our real nature, why are we unable to see it? The answer is simple: because we see life not as it is but as we are. We see "through a glass darkly," through the distorting lenses of the mind -- all the layers of feeling, habit, instinct, and memory that cover the pure core of goodness deep within.
-- Eknath Easwaran

Easwaran's exceptional book, entitled ORIGINAL GOODNESS:

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

WATERMELLEN 2/2/2011 7:01AM

    . . .the sensation of the mystical: essential! Thanks for reminding me. I'll be looking out for it!! Noticing gratefully when it appears!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SUNNY332 2/1/2011 3:44PM

    Definitely some food for thought. We are stranded in Kansas but hope to be able to travel on Thursday.

Thanks for a great post.


Report Inappropriate Comment
JESPAH 2/1/2011 7:05AM

    Sweet and something to think about. Thank you.

Report Inappropriate Comment
DARKTHOR 1/31/2011 10:17AM

    Thanks for making me contemplate today, a wonderful way to spend time.

Report Inappropriate Comment
VEEJAY3 1/30/2011 11:22AM

    Thank you my dear! I've already passed these two beautiful thoughts on to others (with attribution). See the ripples you created?

You're beautiful.

Report Inappropriate Comment
JLWOF1 1/29/2011 11:43AM

    Your blogs are always great food for thought! Thanks for sharing!

Report Inappropriate Comment

    I dreamed I was a butterfly. Or am I a butterfly dreaming I am a rather groggy and sluggish human?

Report Inappropriate Comment
GOANNA2 1/29/2011 6:13AM

    I love the Einstein poetry as well.
Great blog as always Maha.
emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
SLASALLE 1/28/2011 5:08PM

    So I have to ask you this question, my dear Maha. When you sit down to write a blog, do you get concerned about writing it? I ask because it truly seems that each and every blog you do is better and better. You never seem to run out of incredible material that you use and then expand upon in a very real, thoughtful and meaningful way. You are just amazing.

Thank you, Maha!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ROBINSNEWNEST 1/28/2011 3:17PM

    Ahhh...yes emoticon reality is really in the spirit...
As always, you share the very concept I need to consider...
emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
PENNYAN45 1/28/2011 2:14PM

    I especially loved the words of Einstein. Thanks for presenting them to us.

May we always find something in our world to spark our feelings of wonder and awe!

emoticon emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
CLAYKEEPER 1/28/2011 1:34PM

    It is easy... look into your own soul, all goodness is right there ! Embrace it ! annette emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
KALIGIRL 1/28/2011 1:13PM

    Here's to remembering our original goodness emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment

    I always love your blogs! I think I need to go read Original Goodness!

Report Inappropriate Comment
2WHEELEDSHARON 1/28/2011 10:50AM

    Today is all about checking into the realities I haven't been connecting with. Thanks, Maha!

Report Inappropriate Comment
PEACEFULONE 1/28/2011 10:18AM

    Beautiful blog. Love the Hubble deep space photo, so ethereal and it compliments the quotes so well. Is life a dream? It ends and another reality takes its' place. Perhaps it is a little like the picture of a person in a picture of a person in a picture... Have a wonderful day dear Maha and thank you very much for this food for thought.

Report Inappropriate Comment

    Oh my, guess I need to wake up, move from unreality to reality - maybe by the 2nd cuppa!

Report Inappropriate Comment
CARRAND 1/28/2011 9:10AM

    Wonderful! I love the Albert Einstein! Poetry indeed.

Report Inappropriate Comment
DAISY443 1/28/2011 8:50AM

    I had to go back and reread this after I saw that Einstein was the author! I needed this reminder today, too!

Report Inappropriate Comment

Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning

Monday, January 24, 2011

Some say we choose to be here, we choose our parents, we choose our lives....I don't know, but what I DO know is that life is not easy and at times it almost seems unsurmountable.

Many friends are struggling right now...five come to mind -- one whose partner is dealing with a serious cancer diagnosis, one whose new beloved is entangled in a difficult closure of a painful marriage, one who is facing chilling existential fears and closures of chapters of life, one whose children are both dealing with serious life-altering challenges, and one who feels very alone and vulnerable as she struggles with health and hearth -- and this is just the tip of the iceburg of what I see day-in and day-out.

Don't get me wrong -- there is plenty of beauty to bathe in and friends to help lighten the burden. But the beauty is always edged with the sorrow of so many, in my own "backyard" and around the world.

I struggle with my own problems and sadnesses, and a heavy heart that I continually work on lightening in many ways...spiritual practices and retreats, joyful encounters with friends, service to others, university, travel, etc. Sometimes it helps and other times the heaviness threatens to bury me in its folds.

The friend whose birthday I celebrated this morning is my former partner in whose cabin I live (in the back). He is deeply wounded and it has, in the last years begun to surface as progressive emotional crippling and paralysis. It's heart-breaking for me to see this bright star dimming and diminishing. Though any kind of normal relationship is not possible, I try to "be here" for him to help with the mundane aspects of daily life. But it is not an easy environment to be joyful in. It requires constant presence, detachment, and mindfulness...qualities I'm a novice at using well and consistently.

So this poem by the contemporary saint, brilliant sage, and creative force John O'Donohue, is dedicated to my five friends. You know who you are...and you know that with all my heart I support you and love you and encourage you as much as I can.

As they say..."This one's for you!"


In out-of-the-way places of the heart,
Where your thoughts never think to wander,
This beginning has been quietly forming,
Waiting until you were ready to emerge.

For a long time it has watched your desire,
Feeling the emptiness growing inside you,
Noticing how you willed yourself on,
Still unable to leave what you had outgrown.

It watched you play with the seduction of safety
And the gray promises that sameness whispered,
Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent,
Wondered would you always live like this.

Then the delight, when your courage kindled,
And out you stepped onto new ground,
Your eyes young again with energy and dream,
A path of plenitude opening before you.

Though your destination is not yet clear
You can trust the promise of this opening;
Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning
That is at one with your life's desire.

Awaken your spirit to adventure;
Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk;
Soon you will be home in a new rhythm,
For your soul senses the world that awaits you.

~ John O'Donohue ~
(To Bless the Space Between Us)


  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

NETINETI 2/4/2011 10:50PM

    John O'Donohue, such a ray of shiny beauty, gone from this earth and yet still here.

Report Inappropriate Comment
STILLPOINT 2/1/2011 8:53PM

    Blessings your dear friends, and to you as you no doubt, graciously deal with your former partner and the issues you are faced with.

Report Inappropriate Comment
GOANNA2 1/27/2011 5:44PM

    Hello Maha.
You are such a loving, caring person and your friends are lucky to have you in their lives.

Thank you for the support.
Anna emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
DMPRIDER 1/27/2011 1:22AM

    Wow, what a beautiful blog and poem. I am struggling with some transitions myself right now. Thank you for sharing this.

Report Inappropriate Comment
EOSTAR_45 1/26/2011 3:01PM

    What a poem! Absolutely love it. I printed the copy at Panhala to hang by my desk so I can read it every so often. It is a wonderful gift to the friends facing challenges, struggles and crossroads.


Report Inappropriate Comment
MAEVE77 1/25/2011 2:16PM

    Maha, I love the poem. I have sent it to a friend who is in the middle of a life transition. I think it describes perfectly what we feel at such times.

Blessings and Namaste,

Mary Pat

Check out this neat eco-tourism ranch in Costa Rica: "Rancho Margot" emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
JLWOF1 1/25/2011 9:08AM

    Your blogs are always so beautiful, caring and touching! May you and your friends find comfort and peace.

Report Inappropriate Comment
COSMIC_ENERGY 1/25/2011 7:12AM

"Beautiful Woman Award! you're beautiful inside and out"
YOu are so beautiful to me - a great friend and so supportive. You have done so much with your life and I adimire you greatly.

Report Inappropriate Comment
JESPAH 1/25/2011 6:29AM

    Oh to be able to write like that.

Off to unfurl.

Report Inappropriate Comment

    You are absolutely amazing. a beautiful spirit and a beautiful woman

Report Inappropriate Comment
KALIGIRL 1/24/2011 9:53PM

    My heart goes out to you and your friends.
May you all find some peace.

Report Inappropriate Comment
DARKTHOR 1/24/2011 9:43PM

    I hope that your friend has a good birthday and that all of your friends who are struggling find what they need, when they need it. Whatever it is, the kernel of it almost certainly already resides within them already.

Report Inappropriate Comment
COLIBRI930 1/24/2011 8:51PM

    Very nice! I love Panhala. I've beeen too busy recently to read my poem of the day, so I missed that one.

Report Inappropriate Comment
WATERMELLEN 1/24/2011 8:21PM

    Great poem, great blog - it is a privilege to read both. Thank you!!

Report Inappropriate Comment

    Thank You Maha

Report Inappropriate Comment
GOANNA2 1/24/2011 6:30PM

    I agree with ABURRIS2 - you are a beautiful soul.
God bless you always for being so caring.
You bring joy to me when I visit your page.
The poem is wonderful. Thank you for sharing.

Report Inappropriate Comment
WALKINGANNIE 1/24/2011 4:47PM

    What a profound, compassionate and touching blog from someone who consistently shows us how to be a friend.

I'm sorry that you and your dear friends are facing such overwhelming challenges. Sometimes people have a lot to bear and there are no easy words or answers but the poem that you have shared offers some balm for the soul.

I hope that you can find strength and comfort from your spiritual practices and the nurturing vibes that are circling the globe from people who care about you.

Sending love to you and those you love.

emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
CLAYKEEPER 1/24/2011 4:43PM

    aaaah, a 'breath' of light... just what I needed. One of the most amazing things about life that I know is this : when you must rest, the universe always picks up your burden for the exact amount of time you require.

emoticon annette

Comment edited on: 1/24/2011 4:43:48 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
ROBINSNEWNEST 1/24/2011 2:32PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
thank you for who you are... for helping me "trust the promise of this opening..."

Report Inappropriate Comment
CONTENTANDFIT 1/24/2011 2:07PM

    Thank you for sharing that lovely poem.

Report Inappropriate Comment
SUNNY332 1/24/2011 1:37PM

    New Beginnings are often times followed by sad endings. What a beautiful blog and what a lovely thing for you to do for you friends.

One of the great theologies of "Grace" is - the influence or spirit of God operating in humans to regenerate or strengthen them.

I would say, without a doubt, your efforts fall under this theology. I am most proud to call you Friend.


Comment edited on: 1/24/2011 1:38:13 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
DDOORN 1/24/2011 12:31PM

    Love the last verse...that is the challenge for all of us, isn't it?


Report Inappropriate Comment
DAISY443 1/24/2011 11:43AM

    We live our imperfect lives in an imperfect world. Occasionally, a poem, a song or a person makes life a little easier. I wish for more beautiful song, poems and people in our world.

Report Inappropriate Comment
SLASALLE 1/24/2011 11:41AM

    As always, just beautiful. Hope the celebration goes well today!! Was the cake appreciated?

Of note:

For a long time it has watched your desire,
Feeling the emptiness growing inside you,
Noticing how you willed yourself on,
Still unable to leave what you had outgrown.


Report Inappropriate Comment
FRANCESCANAZ 1/24/2011 11:40AM

    You are such a good and loyal friend. I'm glad I can call you one of mine. Te amo amiga. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
ABURRIS2 1/24/2011 11:39AM

    You are a beautiful soul, my friend.
Blessings on your heart. ~A

Report Inappropriate Comment

"...fighting all his life, he never raised a hand!"

Friday, January 21, 2011

Some things just have to be preamble.
emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

My favorite docu-source for important videos is KarmaTube as many of my friends know. In today's weekly mailing, not only did they make an important statement about the great Martin Luther King Jr., but they also introduced me to a fabulous new artist, Aliza Hava.

Here is the lovely Aliza...

Here is her story & website... &

...and her work on a Middle-East Peace Initiative...

THAT'S what I'm talkin'bout!
emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

WHATAGRL42 1/23/2011 10:29PM

    Every year, I have the privilege of educating Kindergartners of the history and the man behind the MLK holiday. There are a number of wonderful children's books written about his life as a child and his work as an adult. Each year, at least one five year old child is moved to tears by Martin Luther King Jr.'s story. It is my sincere hope that this youngest generation will be equally moved to keep His dream alive.

Report Inappropriate Comment
WATERMELLEN 1/23/2011 5:36PM

    I am keenly awaiting the completion of the MLK Memorial in Washington: it is a truly inspired design, 10 years in the funding/building process since SF firm Roma won the design competition in 2000 -- and it's scheduled to open this summer.

Report Inappropriate Comment
ROBINSNEWNEST 1/22/2011 9:58PM

    emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
KALIGIRL 1/22/2011 12:13PM

    emoticon for reminding us of a hero and introducing us to a new artist.

Report Inappropriate Comment
JESPAH 1/22/2011 8:20AM

    Amazing what words can do.

Report Inappropriate Comment
CONTENTANDFIT 1/21/2011 9:59PM

    Thanks for the link. I subscribed so now who knows what interesting things will come along thanks to your post.

Report Inappropriate Comment
CLAYKEEPER 1/21/2011 6:00PM

    Please keep inspiring me ! annette

Report Inappropriate Comment
EOSTAR_45 1/21/2011 5:32PM

    Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed listening her tribute to King and his real message. Did you see the story earlier this week about the Pentagon saying that Dr. King would have endorsed the War in Afghanistan? Amazing how his message of peace and opposition to the triple threat of poverty, racism and militarism is sometimes co-opted and distorted.

as usual, thought provoking blog.

Report Inappropriate Comment
WALKINGANNIE 1/21/2011 4:22PM

    A wonderful blog from a wonderful woman.


I happened to be in Palo Alto and travelling to San Fransisco on Martin Luther King Day a few years ago. It is an experience that I will never forget. The sheer volume of good-natured people was amazing.

Loved Aliza Hava.

emoticon emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
SUNNY332 1/21/2011 3:35PM

    Great post - took me back to a time of hope and promise. Dr. Martin Luther's ideas did not die with him. They are in every one of us who continue to hold on to a Hope of a better world. God gives me that HOPE today.

God Bless you my friend.

BTW - loved the new artist and loved the song.


Report Inappropriate Comment
SLASALLE 1/21/2011 3:07PM

    Looks like his hand is raised in this picture!!! :-) (just giving you a hard time, my friend).

Here you go again ... always finding amazing artists who are new to me, from you!! Thanks!

Keep warm ... get that cardio in, even if you have to walk in place ... xoxoxo

Report Inappropriate Comment
JUSTDUCKY1405 1/21/2011 1:09PM

    I have not been able to stop listening to this song! And I shared it on facebook, and going to share it with my sparkteams too! Thanks so much for sharing maha!


Report Inappropriate Comment
DDOORN 1/21/2011 12:41PM

    Great tribute to a great man...!

Thx for sharing...put it out there on my Twitter & Digg! :-)


Report Inappropriate Comment

    Great blopg!

Report Inappropriate Comment

First Page  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 Last Page