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Tuesday, February 08, 2011


THE BALL

As long as nothing can be known for sure
(no signals have been picked up yet),
as long as Earth is still unlike
the nearer and more distant planets,

as long as there's neither hide nor hair
of other grasses graced by other winds,
of other treetops bearing other crowns,
other animals as well-grounded as our own,

as long as only the local echo
has been known to speak in syllables,

as long as we still haven't heard word
of better or worse mozarts,
platos, edisons somewhere,

as long as our inhuman crimes
are still committed only between humans,

as long as our kindness
is still incomparable,
peerless even in its imperfection,

as long as our heads packed with illusions
still pass for the only heads so packed,

as long as the roofs of our mouths alone
still raise voices to high heavens--

let's act like very special guests of honor
at the district-firemen's ball
dance to the beat of the local oompah band,
and pretend that it's the ball
to end all balls.

I can't speak for others--
for me this is
misery and happiness enough:

just this sleepy backwater
where even the stars have time to burn
while winking at us
unintentionally.

~ Wislawa Szymborska ~
(View with a Grain of Sand, translated by S. Baranczak and C. Cavanagh)
www.panhala.net/Archive/The_Ball.htm
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Wislawa Szymborska was born in 1923 in Bnin, a small town in Western Poland. Her family moved to Krakow in 1931 where she has lived and worked ever since.

Szymborska studied Polish literature and sociology at Jagellonian University from 1945 until 1948. While attending the university, she became involved in Krakow's literary scene and first met and was influenced by Czeslaw Milosz. Szymborska is the author of more than fifteen books of poetry. She is also the author of Nonrequired Reading (Harcourt, 2002), a collection of prose pieces.

While the Polish history from World War II through Stalinism clearly informs her poetry, Szymborska is also a deeply personal poet who explores the large truths that exist in ordinary, everyday things. "Of course, life crosses politics," Szymborska has said "but my poems are strictly not political. They are more about people and life."

In 1996, Szymborska won the Nobel Prize. Her other awards include the Polish Pen Club prize, an Honorary Doctorate from Adam Mickiewicz University, the Herder Prize and The Goethe Prize. www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/340

  
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SLASALLE 2/8/2011 11:37PM

    Where do you ALWAYS manage to find this great stuff???? You're amazing ...

xoxoxo

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_RAMONA 2/8/2011 11:22PM

    I liked this a lot, and I LOVE the site. THANK YOU! Your gifts were a balm to my day today!

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Ramona

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DMPRIDER 2/8/2011 9:20PM

    Beautiful poem. Thanks for sharing.

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MARCHMAID 2/8/2011 9:10PM

    Never heard of her and am grateful for the introduction. Lovely poem.

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CMRAND54 2/8/2011 8:41PM

    Lovely.

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GOANNA2 2/8/2011 4:45PM

    Thank you for sharing.
You are a great life teacher Maha. emoticon

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LYNNANN43 2/8/2011 1:24PM

    You always help to fill my soul, MAHA!

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VEEJAY3 2/8/2011 11:21AM

    Beautiful. But you'd already sent me to poetry today, when I read RAMONA's blog. Of course I followed the link she included, and found my own "perfect" poem for my day: "The Cricket and The Rose" by mary oliver.

A great big hug to you, you FFF! (Some people have BFFs ... we have FFFs.)
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MISS_VIV 2/8/2011 10:59AM

    Another bright spot which means so much to me.
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INSPIREBYNATURE 2/8/2011 10:52AM

    oh how i love this.

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PEACEFULONE 2/8/2011 10:50AM

    Thank you Maha for sharing this balm for my soul.
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CLAYKEEPER 2/8/2011 9:50AM

    Gosh darn it ... I was in the middle of a pity party... now I have to pull my head out and get on with the beauty of life...



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JLWOF1 2/8/2011 9:37AM

    I'm enjoying my poetry lessons. Thank you so much for sharing.

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ONECOOKIETWO 2/8/2011 9:33AM

    I love Szymborska!!!
What a lyrical voice.

She is in good company (see Czeslaw Milosz, another lyrical Polish poet who also won a Nobel).

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SUNNY332 2/8/2011 9:03AM

    I loved this...

let's act like very special guests of honor
at the district-firemen's ball
dance to the beat of the local oompah band,
and pretend that it's the ball
to end all balls.

I am going to dance today!

Hugs, Sunny

First though, I am out of the house and headed to the clinic for some lab work.
Blessings to you today.



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MEGA_MILES 2/8/2011 8:54AM

    Thanks for sharing. I really enjoy Szymborska's poetry. Now I need to go find one of her books in my stacks.

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DOR2BFIT 2/8/2011 8:54AM

    Beautiful! emoticon

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DDOORN 2/8/2011 8:43AM

    I'm ready to be making my life the "ball to end all balls!" :-)

Thx as always for your shares...breathes of fresh air...!

Don

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DAISY443 2/8/2011 8:35AM

    You brighten my life and expand my horizons (which lately seem to be limited to my living room-lol). You have no idea how much you mean to me. emoticon

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Kitty and Trek Photos

Sunday, February 06, 2011

I thought I'd share a few photos of me on the Trek since I'm always referring to it, though it's not easy...since obviously *I* can't take them. So yesterday, I got Robert, my housemate, to take a couple and randomly asked students on campus as well. I bought the Trek Navigator in 1998 and it continues to give me great joy and excellent performance.

I've also spoken of Kitty Rama, a PetSmart-rescued cat (had all the necessary shots and med exams, etc.) selected by Robert. We picked her up just before I left for three months on "Maha's Magical Mystery Tour" in May 2010. I swear Kitty Rama is a balm better than medicine to dear Robert's soul.


From the looks of the woods, I believe this was taken in August just after I got back from my adventure. She's on my little Honda Civic.


Another summer photo of a svelte Kitty.


Summertime. Robert is saying, "Hurry up, Kitty has had enough of this. She says it's chow time!" She has Robert VERY well trained.


Taken day-before yesterday. NOW look at Queen Of The World As She Knows It in her winter furs!!! She likes to sit on my printer. My desk is just to the right, and I look out those windows as I *talk* to you all! That's where dozens of birds gather to eat the bird seed I throw out...and THAT'S why Kitty Rama likes to sit there! And you can see the sweet Toyota Dolphin, hibernating for the winter.


Another angle.


Yesterday, close to 40 degrees, as I was readying to take off on my 11-mile spin on the Trek. (No sun today though...gray, gray, and more gray!)


The circle near the Snow Performing Arts Building on campus where I take classes for the music minor.


I was getting warm -- minus the cap and gloves here, and later I also shed the down vest. The university library is behind me.


Here's another shot of Robert. I drove him to visit his ill mother and we stopped in Timbo (you won't find it on a map) at the Dairy Bar, where we both had milkshakes on a hot September day.


A different era, 1989, with Robert (and Swami Satchidananda)

PRAISE SONG

Praise the light of late November,
the thin sunlight that goes deep in the bones.
Praise the crows chattering in the oak trees;
though they are clothed in night, they do not
despair. Praise what little there's left:
the small boats of milkweed pods, husks, hulls,
shells, the architecture of trees. Praise the meadow
of dried weeds: yarrow, goldenrod, chicory,
the remains of summer. Praise the blue sky
that hasn't cracked yet. Praise the sun slipping down
behind the beechnuts, praise the quilt of leaves
that covers the grass: Scarlet Oak, Sweet Gum,
Sugar Maple. Though darkness gathers, praise our crazy
fallen world; it's all we have, and it's never enough.

~ Barbara Crooker ~
(Abalone Moon, Summer 2004)
www.panhala.net/Archive/Praise_Song.
html


Or paraphrasing the ending:

Though darkness gathers, praise our crazy
fallen lives; they're all we have, and they are enough.

  
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EMRANA 2/20/2011 11:42AM

  Another Swamiji photo! I am loving your page!

Kitty Rama is adorable. I love that she was rescued and now lives an adored life. I have two rescue babies too.

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SLAYINGDRAGONS 2/8/2011 7:43AM

    Enjoyed visiting a little of YOUR world, MAHA. emoticon

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WOLFKITTY 2/8/2011 3:30AM

    BEAUTIFUL kitty cat!!! Awww.. .And I love the peek into your life. Lovely blog!

Hugs!
Jocelyn

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PEACEFULONE 2/8/2011 1:17AM

    What a beautiful woods you live in! There must be wildlife to watch in addition to the birds. Kitty Rama is precious. Thank you for sharing. emoticon emoticon

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SIRIRADHA 2/7/2011 5:08PM

    Kitty Rama is looking quite sleek and beautiful! I'm so glad you posted this; it makes me feel like I know you a little better.

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FRACTALMYTH 2/7/2011 2:01PM

    HUGS and more HUGS - love your windows!

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SLASALLE 2/7/2011 1:26PM

    I'm loving this. Now I can see part of YOUR world. Love all of the pictures and you look GREAT on the Trek. I think you have an AWESOME view out your window too, my dear friend. Of course, Kitty Rama is adorable.

xoxoxo

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JUSTBIRDY 2/7/2011 12:01PM

    Cute kitty!

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PENNYAN45 2/7/2011 11:02AM

    Thanks for the visit to your corner of the world. It was fun to look through your windows and meet Robert and your kitty. You look like a real pro on your Trek.

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JESPAH 2/7/2011 9:55AM

    First off, the recent pic, and the pic of you from years back do not look significantly different.

Second -- Kitty Rama is a definite looker. A model -- they always know where the cameras are.

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DAISY443 2/7/2011 9:19AM

    Thanks for inviting me over! I really like your pictures and, as always, your words. Kitty Rama is beautiful!
Amazingly, my campground has wifi and, although we are still making preparations, we will soon be camping *in*. Silly as this is, my soul needed some silliness!

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GOANNA2 2/7/2011 8:35AM

    Thanks for sharing Maha.
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JLWOF1 2/7/2011 7:22AM

    Very nice photos! Love the kitty! Thanks for sharing!

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DARKTHOR 2/7/2011 4:11AM

    Thanks for the glimpses of your part of the world.

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GBOOMER 2/7/2011 4:05AM

    There's the Trekster! Nice pics of everything!

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DDOORN 2/7/2011 1:12AM

    Thx for sharing such terrific pics! We've got four kitties...could never be without a cat! You're braver than I...cycling @ 40 degrees! Just can't wrap my brain around bundling up and cycling...to me that's an oxymoron...just SO dissonant! I want to cycle in shorts and a T...anything more is a compromise I'm loathe to make...lol!

Don

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INSPIREBYNATURE 2/6/2011 10:43PM

    oh how fun!

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QUEENOTHEFOREST 2/6/2011 10:37PM

    Well Maha it is so much fun to glimpse your off line life. Though of course since I live in NE and thus am unable to live and let live I am going to chide you about not wearing your helmet. Naughty girl.

Love your kitty kat. Yes I am certain that she is good medicine for your housemate and for you too. Just seeing her pict is good medicine. She has such a pretty face. And color. DH lobbies from time to time for a kitty. I figure one will find us when the time comes. Our last kitty lived past 20 and survived 4 doggies, and three of those lived to 16. She ruled the household.

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COSMIC_ENERGY 2/6/2011 8:00PM

    Awww....Sweet Kitty. I've seen your Trek if that what you brought this summer on the road trip. Nice to see a bit of Maha's inner circle.

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SUNNY332 2/6/2011 6:38PM

    What an absolutely beautiful cat. I enjoyed meeting Kitty and seeing your photos.

Sunny

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ASHERAH38 2/6/2011 6:37PM

    Kitty has grown up and fluffy too! What a cutie. I love cats.

You and the Trek are looking fierce and ready to conquer the trails and/ or campus walkways :-) Aren't campuses beautiful?

Thanks for the photoblog.

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CMRAND54 2/6/2011 6:14PM

    Your kitty looks a lot like my kitty named Anya. Anya is a very sweet cat, but she throws up when she's nervous, and unfortunately she is nervous a lot. My other kitty, named Lydia, is afraid of nothing.

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/6/2011 6:13PM

    Kitty is gorgeous, by the way. Thanks for sharing.

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DAISY443 2/6/2011 5:26PM

    I have never been know to follow the rules, so I am posting anyway! The pictures are wonderful. You are wonderful! The Trek is wonderful. My bad! Hugs!

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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:
search.barnesandnoble.com/Organic-Ma
nifesto/Maria-Rodale/e/9781605294858




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.

Sincerely,

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)
www.huffingtonpost.com/maria-rodale/
we-stand-united-in-opposi_b_816637.html


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CONTACT PRESIDENT OBAMA (I did!):
ota.capwiz.com/ota/issues/alert/?ale
rtid=24747501


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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

  
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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
http://www.boldlygo.org/>
off to read about molasses cake...
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WOLFKITTY 2/6/2011 5:12PM

    Wow, oh my gosh.
Thanks for the info.

Jocelyn

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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!!

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GINGERSTARDUST 2/6/2011 11:51AM

    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!!

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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!!!

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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.


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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!

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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:
MONSANTO.

As if it were something to BRAG about.

My stomach turns.

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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,
Sera


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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

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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!

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CLAYKEEPER 2/4/2011 7:31PM

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

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JUSTBIRDY 2/4/2011 5:15PM

    Thanks!

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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

Thoughts?

Stephan
ie

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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.
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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.

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_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 }}}}}}}}}
Ramona

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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!!!

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DDOORN 2/4/2011 3:38PM

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

Don

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INSPIREBYNATURE 2/4/2011 3:34PM

    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.

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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)
www.panhala.net/Archive/Groundhog_Da
y.html


FEB 2, 2011 BREAKING NEWS:

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.
www.aolnews.com/story/punxsutawney-p
hil-predicts-an-early/1557188/

  
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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.

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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!

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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 ...
OH!

"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.

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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!!!

xoxoxo

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 2/2/2011 6:40PM

    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!!

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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!

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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 .....

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GOANNA2 2/2/2011 3:34PM

    Wow, everyone will be happy with an early Spring no doubt.
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DDOORN 2/2/2011 11:24AM

    C'mon SPRING! :-)

Don

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INSPIREBYNATURE 2/2/2011 11:12AM

    HEHEHEHE!!!!

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2BMYOWN 2/2/2011 11:10AM

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

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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.

Sunny

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

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QUEENOTHEFOREST 2/2/2011 9:09AM

    Have I told you yet today that I love you!

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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....

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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!

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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!!

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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!

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DDBRENNE 2/2/2011 6:15AM

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

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I needed this reminder today....

Friday, January 28, 2011


Horsehead Nebula

SENSATION OF THE MYSTICAL
("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)
www.panhala.net/Archive/Sensation_of
_the_Mystical.html


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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
www.easwaran.org/thoughts-for-the-da
y-quotes.html


Easwaran's exceptional book, entitled ORIGINAL GOODNESS:
tinyurl.com/4n77hd9

  
  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!

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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.

Sunny

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JESPAH 2/1/2011 7:05AM

    Sweet and something to think about. Thank you.

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DARKTHOR 1/31/2011 10:17AM

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

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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.
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JLWOF1 1/29/2011 11:43AM

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

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QUEENOTHEFOREST 1/29/2011 9:47AM

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

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GOANNA2 1/29/2011 6:13AM

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

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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...
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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!

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CLAYKEEPER 1/28/2011 1:34PM

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

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KALIGIRL 1/28/2011 1:13PM

    Here's to remembering our original goodness emoticon

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INSPIREBYNATURE 1/28/2011 11:04AM

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

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2WHEELEDSHARON 1/28/2011 10:50AM

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

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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.

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SLAYINGDRAGONS 1/28/2011 9:46AM

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

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CMRAND54 1/28/2011 9:10AM

    Wonderful! I love the Albert Einstein! Poetry indeed.

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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!

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