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A great woman....

Wednesday, March 28, 2012


One of our national treasures, poet and essayist Adrienne Rich, died today. She was one of America's foremost public intellectuals.
www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/adrienn
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DREAMWOOD
by Adrienne Rich

In the old, scratched, cheap wood of the typing stand
there is a landscape, veined, which only a child can see
or the child's older self, a poet,
a woman dreaming when she should be typing
the last report of the day. If this were a map,
she thinks, a map laid down to memorize
because she might be walking it, it shows
ridge upon ridge fading into hazed desert
here and there a sign of aquifers
and one possible watering-hole. If this were a map
it would be the map of the last age of her life,
not a map of choices but a map of variations
on the one great choice. It would be the map by which
she could see the end of touristic choices,
of distances blued and purpled by romance,
by which she would recognize that poetry
isn't revolution but a way of knowing
why it must come. If this cheap, mass-produced
wooden stand from the Brooklyn Union Gas Co.,
mass-produced but durable, being here now,
is what it is yet a dream-map
so obdurate, so plain,
she thinks, the material and the dream can join
and that is the poem and that is the late report.
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If you would like one more, this was just shared by a former classmate of mine:

WHAT KIND OF TIMES ARE THESE

There's a place between two stands of trees where the grass grows uphill
and the old revolutionary road breaks off into shadows
near a meeting-house abandoned by the persecuted
who disappeared into those shadows.

I've walked there picking mushrooms at the edge of dread, but don't be fooled
this isn't a Russian poem, this is not somewhere else but here,
our country moving closer to its own truth and dread,
its own ways of making people disappear.

I won't tell you where the place is, the dark mesh of the woods
meeting the unmarked strip of light--
ghost-ridden crossroads, leafmold paradise:
I know already who wants to buy it, sell it, make it disappear.

And I won't tell you where it is, so why do I tell you
anything? Because you still listen, because in times like these
to have you listen at all, it's necessary
to talk about trees.
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And this *postscript* from her:

What would it mean to live
in a city whose people were changing
each other's despair into hope? --
You yourself must change it. --
what would it feel like to know
your country was changing? --
You yourself must change it. --
Though your life felt arduous
new and unmapped and strange
What would it mean to stand on the first
page to the end of despair?
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RIP Adrienne Rich

Here is today's article from the Los Angeles Times:
latimesblogs.latimes.com/jacketcopy/
2012/03/adrienne-rich.html

  
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WATERMELLEN 3/29/2012 7:25PM

    Thanks, MAHA.

We are standing on the first
page to the end of despair.

And it means everything. Yeah!!

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KALIGIRL 3/29/2012 8:48AM

    Here's to all of using our gifts...
Namaste my friend.

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CRYSTALJEM 3/29/2012 8:14AM

    Thank you for sharing. Her beautiful words opened my heart this morning.

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INBRAZILFORNOW 3/29/2012 6:57AM

    What powerful words...thanks for posting this.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 3/28/2012 9:45PM

    I didn't know that. Thanks Maha. The world is a better place because of her gifts.

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KRISKECK 3/28/2012 8:52PM

    Thank you. I know of her and appreciate it. Sadness ...




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SUNNY332 3/28/2012 8:21PM

    Beautiful - loved it.

What a passionate writer. Thanks so much for sharing this with us.

Hugs, Sunny

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K-PO110 3/28/2012 7:43PM

    Beautiful - thank you for sharing.

A sad loss indeed.

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GIANTPANDA 3/28/2012 7:35PM

    Wow, thank you for sharing these beautiful, powerful poems. I was very saddened to learn that Adrienne Rich has passed away.

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CMRAND54 3/28/2012 7:02PM

    Thank you for sharing. Love the poetry.

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INSPIREBYNATURE 3/28/2012 7:01PM

    beautiful! saying a prayer for her.

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SLIMMERJESSE 3/28/2012 6:24PM

    Thanks for sharing this. It's always sad to lose creative people who've contributed beauty to the world.

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KAT573 3/28/2012 6:20PM

    THANK you for sharing this woman, her poetry and the article. I love your sharings, missed them and am glad to be back! emoticon

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DDOORN 3/28/2012 6:16PM

    So sorry to have been introduced to Ms. Rich upon her death, but always relish the new voices (to me, at least) that you introduce us to, 'Maha.

Don

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And forget about hope.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Blogging is not looming in my Spark reality these days...actually, to turn it around, Spark reality is not looming in my mind these days.

Life is getting in my way in a BIG WAY. I'm not navigating it as well as I'd like. But I'll get through this patch (or not, as Horace reminds me), just like I've gotten through all the others. Using strength of will to better care for my body through this is the ideal that always lurks, even when I don't attain it. The resources are there, the knowledge is there, all I need is the strength of will to access them.

This is a difficult time in the history of this country and the world. And I am also grieving the serious challenges a dear friend is facing as I write this...it tears at my heart.

Horace knew all of this, and here is what he admonished to Leucon and to me:



Ode I. 11

Leucon, no one's allowed to know his fate,
Not you, not me: don't ask, don't hunt for answers
In tea leaves or palms. Be patient with whatever comes.
This could be our last winter, it could be many
More, pounding the Tuscan Sea on these rocks:
Do what you must, be wise, cut your vines
And forget about hope. Time goes running, even
As we talk. Take the present, the future's no one's affair.

-- Horace

(The Essential Horace, edited and translated by Burton Raffel) www.panhala.net/Archive/Ode_I_11.htm
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GOANNA2 4/2/2012 8:47PM

    I'm sorry I didn't get to meet up with you.
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Vasili is doing fine. I leave for home on Friday.


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2BMYOWN 3/31/2012 11:42PM

    I hope you're better now, Maha, and lemme just say I can sure empathize with the less than stellar times. I am working very hard on staying positive myself right now, and I'm sorry that you were struggling when you wrote this blog. Big hugs, sparky friend.

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_RAMONA 3/29/2012 6:40PM

    I'm currently clinging to this (living through a resurgence of health issues):

"You were given this life because you are strong enough to live it!"UNKNOWN

I'm living it with my whole heart and soul... and it gives me peace. I pray the same for you dearest, Maha!

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

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OVERWORKEDJANET 3/27/2012 4:56AM

    I somewhat agree with Horace.
Hope is dreaming, living is doing.

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KOMAL53 3/26/2012 1:08PM

    I know what you mean--but one has to find the strength to survive!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUNNY332 3/25/2012 8:34PM

    Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

I love what Jeremiah says about Hope. Bless you my friend and hope you are feeling better soon.

Huggers, Sunny



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DARKTHOR 3/25/2012 2:06PM

    If we have this moment to make our own, we have so much. Let love light the way.

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UNIQDRGNFLY 3/25/2012 12:23PM

    I get what you are saying. People have looked at me like I was crazy whenever I would say, "Don't expect anything and you won't be disappointed."

So, I understand what you are saying. We sometimes take ourselves out of reality by "hoping" for something that is entirely out of our control, nor should we have any control over it.

Balance....is important. Some don't realize that for every positive there is a negative...life is not a bed of roses without thorns.

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PUDLECRAZY 3/25/2012 9:32AM

    Sending you love. I am sad about a dear friend as well. It is hard not to be able to 'fix' the transitions our friends, and ourselves, have to go through including the transition from this world.

Sending you love,
Chris

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SUE_2U 3/25/2012 5:48AM

    “Dum spiro, spero (Latin), "While I breath, I hope"”

Blessings of health, healing and hope to you and your friend. May all be well.

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PEACEFULONE 3/24/2012 8:59AM

    Dear Maha, Sending you light and love and hope. Even on rainy days the sun still shines behind the clouds. Wishing I could blow your clouds away. Peace to you my friend. Elaine
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PENNYAN45 3/24/2012 3:32AM

    I prefer Emily Dickinson's vision of hope. I know you are familiar with it.

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune--without the words,
And never stops at all,

And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.

I've heard it in the chillest land,
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.


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CRYSTALJEM 3/23/2012 12:14PM

    Sending you emoticon emoticon emoticon

I love the poem, but I am with Watermellen, I will never forget about hope.
In case you didn't get a chance to see my blog the other day

...Howard Zinn, said that pessimism tends to become a self-fulfilling prophecy. If we relentlessly imagine the worst possible outcomes, if we concentrate on all the things that are falling apart and going wrong, it cripples our capacity to make constructive changes. "To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic," he wrote. "It gives us the energy to act."

Love


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2WHEELEDSHARON 3/23/2012 12:12PM

    Pema says that when you court hope, you're also courting despair. As you can imagine, that message wouldn't go over well with the community I work with, but my direct team and I use it to remind ourselves that strengthening our presence with whatever the people in our community is going through is our main focus. Of course, Horace is much more eloquent at it!

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WATERMELLEN 3/22/2012 10:42PM

    Forget about hope? No. Surely not. Never.

Sometimes we can summon up only the memory of hope. But in those times, when that's the best we can do, let's do that.

Let's do that.

And if you can't join me in the memory of hope, just now, then I'll sustain that memory of hope for you.

If you can grieve the losses of a friend, then this friend can sustain the memory of hope for you.

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COSMIC_ENERGY 3/22/2012 8:47PM

    Sending you energy for light and love, along with mental resiliance. Surf the waves of life dear one. Go with the flow.

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JESPAH 3/22/2012 3:46PM

    Cut your vines. Awesome.

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BECOMINGONE 3/22/2012 2:54PM

    oh dear one, focus on the now. You cannot take on the suffering of the world or that of your friends. It is too much for any one person to bear. Hang in there.

Sandra

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JUST_BREATHE08 3/22/2012 2:50PM

    Beautiful picture... emoticon...Blog!!

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VALERIEMAHA 3/22/2012 1:34PM

    To A Mouse
by Robert Burns

Wee, sleeket, cowran, tim'rous beastie,
O, what panic's in thy breastie!
Thou need na start awa sae hasty,
Wi' bickering brattle!
I wad be laith to rin an' chase thee,
Wi' murd'ring pattle!

I'm truly sorry Man's dominion
Has broken Nature's social union,
An' justifies that ill opinion,
Which makes thee startle,
At me, thy poor, earth-born companion,
An' fellow-mortal!

I doubt na, whyles, but thou may thieve;
What then? poor beastie, thou maun live!
A daimen-icker in a thrave 'S a sma' request:
I'll get a blessin wi' the lave,
An' never miss't!

Thy wee-bit housie, too, in ruin!
It's silly wa's the win's are strewin!
An' naething, now, to big a new ane,
O' foggage green!
An' bleak December's winds ensuin,
Baith snell an' keen!

Thou saw the fields laid bare an' wast,
An' weary Winter comin fast,
An' cozie here, beneath the blast,
Thou thought to dwell,
Till crash! the cruel coulter past
Out thro' thy cell.

That wee-bit heap o' leaves an' stibble,
Has cost thee monie a weary nibble!
Now thou's turn'd out, for a' thy trouble,
But house or hald.
To thole the Winter's sleety dribble,
An' cranreuch cauld!

But Mousie, thou are no thy-lane,
In proving foresight may be vain:
The best laid schemes o' Mice an' Men,
Gang aft agley,
An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,
For promis'd joy!

Still, thou art blest, compar'd wi' me!
The present only toucheth thee:
But Och! I backward cast my e'e,
On prospects drear!
An' forward, tho' I canna see,
I guess an' fear!

With a wonderful key to the poem here:
http://www.electricscotlan
d.com/burns/mouse.html

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INSPIREBYNATURE 3/22/2012 1:27PM

    beautiful!!!!!!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 3/22/2012 1:21PM

    Reminds me of Robert Burns' "To a Mouse," which I have printed out and stuck on the wall to remind me.

Hang in there.

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DDOORN 3/22/2012 12:40PM

    I've certainly done my share of allowing hope to undercut action in the here & now. It's a tough balance. We need *some* hope, but at the same time action and present-mindedness.

I know you'll get there 'Maha...!

We're with you every step!

Don

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MISS_VIV 3/22/2012 12:19PM

    Yes, we are all under a lot of challenges right now, it doesn't get any better - these are indeed rough times.

I can only pray that we find the unending strength we need to continue to support each other in their needs.

And the joy of being grateful for all that we have.

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    I love that poem. What a reminder to life in the present. Thanks for sharing your heart with us! emoticon Sal

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SLIMMERJESSE 3/22/2012 11:53AM

    It's a very tough time in so many ways. Hoping you find the strength and comfort you need during your time of challenges.

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    I love the poem and I too could use some more strength! emoticon

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The eighth decade...

Saturday, March 03, 2012

My dear friend and SparkBuddy, SANDRA5898, hosted a wonderful coming-together of women to celebrate this rite of passage.

Sandra's invite said: "Maha is turning 70 and she wants you to help mark this milestone in community with others of her dear friends. We will come together to celebrate her life until now and her re-commitment to a long and vital life ahead. We will celebrate Sunday, February 19, starting at 5:00 pm. It will be a potluck. In recognition of Maha, please bring vegetarian offerings. No presents please only your presence and your gift of wisdom. In terms of wisdom, please share with this community of friends a poem, a funny or poignant story, some piece of wisdom for Maha's years ahead, a blessing, a photo or whatever the spirit compels. We will meet at my small, but cozy home. I have lots of floor pillows."

The wondrous song, "She Who Hears the Cries of the World," from _She Carries Me_ by Jennifer Berezan, edgeofwonder.com/ , greeted each friend as they entered. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. I have already gifted it to two dear friends. From the words was extracted the meal offering which we all invoked:

Hail Mother full of grace, power is with thee
Blessed are you, Queen of the universe
and blessed is all of creation
Holy Mother, maker of all things
Be with us now and always
Blessed be

Vivian, aka MISS_VIV, offered the special birthday blessing of introducing me to the music of Jennifer Berezan by sending me two of her CDs.


Goddess only knows what I was saying with such conviction!


Sandra at the cupboard, Jody finishing the salad...ALL from her garden except for the organic strawberries sliced on top!


Fritzie's grand entrance, having driven 4 hrs. to be with us


Six foot tall Judy and Leslie look on as Fritzie dishes up the tasty Vietnamese spring rolls she brought. Later, Judy played a recording of her sister and my beloved friend, Janice, playing the guitar and singing one of her original compositions (a favorite of mine)...what a surprise! The presence of Janice, who lives on Vashon Island, WA, through the gift of her music


This mystical image is of Janice with her guitar, playing at my 68th birthday party at Fritzie's home...and somehow seems just right!


Leslie is obviously saying something very profound (she did a ritual for the occasion later on) as Camille looks on and a partial profile of Johnye


Robin, aka GENKIWARRIOR, and Jody


Sandra is swept away by a segment of Leslie's ritual


Pamela is offering some vision of truth as Johnye, who later shared some of her amazing haiku, smiles beside her


Marilyn, seated, and Bailey. Marilyn read the children's book, _On the Day You Were Born_, by Debra Frasier, an exquisite prose-poem volume, beautifully illustrated, that she read repeatedly to each of her children, including Bailey, when they were young


All eyes on Sharon, while Jean takes it all in


Marilyn making a point


Sharon is delighted and Pamela is reflective listening to Leslie read Rumi


Sandra got a delicious carrot cake from Silvek's European Bakery
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On the day of my birth, Feb 23, six of us, including Melissa who had missed the earlier festivities, gathered for dinner at Zaza Fine Salads + Wood Oven Pizza Co. and to go hear Rev. Jesse Jackson, who was wonderful


Melissa with Jody, who scrunched up her face saying, "I'm not ready yet!"


Me and dear friend Robin


Salud!


Not ANOTHER photo, Sandra!


My friend Jean, though blind, a woman of great vision


Though it needed flash, you can see how Sandra's face is slimming with her weight-loss success! Jean's licking her fingers and I'm chowing down on a slice of pizza
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I created a birthday card/gift for each of my friends, which included this poem I wrote for them on Feb 15. It is shaped (when centered -- I tried to do it manually to no avail) like an exclamation point, adding further emphasis to the love I wished to share:

THE IDEA OF FRIENDS

The awe of "Ah!" voiced in unison while watching an exquisite sunset
Dancing like no one is watching as we are shooing the blues away
Whooshing through mud puddles, bikes on a country road
Enjoying good home-brewed cappuccinos on the porch
Moving from misunderstanding to mutual healing
Belly laughs at the movies and sharing treats
Simultaneously thinking the same thought
that the other says -- a thought-dream.
To unite so as to form one mass --
coalescence, community of two
or three. Or even more.
It's joy personified.
That's the idea!
It's Vibrant
It's Juicy
It's Life
Friends

AH!

by Mahalakshmi
Feb 15, 2012

  
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PEACEFULONE 3/24/2012 9:08AM

    What a wonderful collection of friends! It's good to know that you are surrounded by love to shelter you from the storms of life.
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KRISKECK 3/22/2012 1:55PM

    Happy belated birthday! I am so happy to see you are doing well!

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SLASALLE 3/16/2012 5:15PM

    I am so delighted to see all of these pictures. Clearly, I missed an amazing birthday event. I was so sad that I wasn't there (although knew I was making the right decision for reasons that you know), but this makes me feel like I got a piece of it. AND you know I was there in spirit.

xoxoxo

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INSPIREBYNATURE 3/8/2012 12:10PM

    I just love these photos!!!!!

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DARKTHOR 3/7/2012 8:16PM

    Wow! I feel blessed just getting to see and read about such a special celebration. I'm smiling for you all. Thank you for being you, Maha.

Duane


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JUST_BREATHE08 3/6/2012 10:27PM

    I love this blog and all of the pictures. Thank you so much for sharing!!
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SEAJESS 3/5/2012 11:29PM

    Wow, I wish I had friends and family like that! Thanks for sharing the joy.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 3/5/2012 10:58PM

    What a sweet celebration for a deserving human! In celebration of Maha, yay!

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Blessed be, Maha!

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HIPPICHICK1 3/5/2012 12:38PM

    Looks like good times!! Happy 70th birthday and many, many more!
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SUNNY332 3/5/2012 9:13AM

    What a GREAT Celebration. Wish I could have been there...

Hugs from me to you, my friend.

Sunny

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MISS_VIV 3/4/2012 5:10PM

    so very glad everyone enjoyed the music of Jennifer Berezan.. You make me blush and leave me speechless. I so wish I could have been there for the gala.

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ONEKIDSMOM 3/4/2012 4:28PM

    What a great celebration! Thanks for sharing the pictures, Maha... it brought it all to life.

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CRYSTALJEM 3/4/2012 3:24PM

    Absolutely beautiful, in so many ways, just like you. Thank you for sharing.

May you always walk with wonderful companions.

Namaste. CJ

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WATERMELLEN 3/4/2012 2:26PM

    Super blog! Exuberant! What a celebration! You have great friends because you are a great friend.

That eighth decade? We'll all walk each other home.

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JESPAH 3/4/2012 10:29AM

    Energy leaps off the page! :)

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PENNYAN45 3/4/2012 9:50AM

    What could be better on your birthday than friends gathering together with food and fun and love for you!

And the beautiful poem you gave to everyone - is so much like you - and your life, with an appreciation of everything from puddles to belly laughs to community.

May your life continue on as you are: vibrant and juicy.

Hugs,

PennyAn

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FRECKS96 3/3/2012 9:12PM

    Wonderful!!! It looks like a perfect way to celebrate. And I love your poem, thank you for sharing. :)

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_RAMONA 3/3/2012 9:10PM

    How blessed you are! I'm glad your birthday month was so richly filled with love and community.

My gift received form all you shared... "We're all just walking each other home."

I will treasure these words long beyond this moment.

Thank you, Maha!

Love,
Ramona

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COSMIC_ENERGY 3/3/2012 8:15PM

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KALIGIRL 3/3/2012 5:49PM

    Marvelous celebrations!

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GBOOMER 3/3/2012 5:29PM

    What a great gathering! Thanks for sharing about it. I hope to have so many great friends so involved in my life as yours.

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2BMYOWN 3/3/2012 5:10PM

    What absolutely wonderful pictures, Maha, thank you for sharing them with us! You are blessed to have such wonderful and caring friends and may you have many more celebrations together!

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VEEJAY3 3/3/2012 5:01PM

    Am I too late with my offering? A scrap of a Rumi poem on aging that I love:

... the robe of appearance is only a loan.
Your lamp was lit from another lamp.
All God wants is your gratitude for that.

What a beautiful, love-filled party you had, Maha! I enjoyed a desert weekend with nine friends last weekend, and one of the dinner blessings, as we looked around the table at all the great friends gathered together was this sentence by Ram Dass: "We're all just walking each other home."

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BECOMINGONE 3/3/2012 4:52PM

    What a wonderful time we had! Thank you for having a birthday for us to celebrate, Maha!

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TINAT247 3/3/2012 4:44PM

    Hope you have a wonderful year of new discoveries and many, many more blessings!
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DDOORN 3/3/2012 4:04PM

    Ah what a lovely time so obviously had by all! There is nothing like quality time with quality friends!

I'm so happy for you 'Maha! You are well on your way to some mighty fine years ahead!

Don

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love

Tuesday, February 14, 2012



"...and I was singing this song to you:"
www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9_nx
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i carry your heart

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)

i fear no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

~ e. e. cummings ~
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(Image via buffleheadcabin.com/ )

  
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RIDMYCOCOON 2/16/2012 11:49AM

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CRYSTALJEM 2/15/2012 8:02PM

    Beautiful poem, beautiful song. Thank you for adding another special part to my already wonderfully full day.

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JUST_BREATHE08 2/14/2012 10:51PM

    Awesome Poem!!

Happy Valentine's Day!!!
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BRIGHTSPARK7 2/14/2012 10:23PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Happy Heart Day Mahalakshmi!
Hugs,
Usha

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2BMYOWN 2/14/2012 9:29PM

    Beautiful. Just plain beautiful.

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GETSTRONGRRR 2/14/2012 8:30PM

    Que rica!

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SUNNY332 2/14/2012 7:12PM

    I love the song and the poem but not as much as I love you.

I have been blessed by your friendship.

Hugs, Sunny

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FRANCESCANAZ 2/14/2012 5:41PM

    Besos y abrazos amiga. emoticon

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HIPPICHICK1 2/14/2012 1:40PM

    Perfect!
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JESPAH 2/14/2012 11:10AM

    I didn't know this song. Thank you for it.

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INSPIREBYNATURE 2/14/2012 10:50AM

    Happy valentines day beautiful!

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PEACEFULONE 2/14/2012 10:10AM

    Perfect for Valentine's Day!

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WATERMELLEN 2/14/2012 9:43AM

    That ee cummings is on my fridge . . . a fave!


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DDOORN 2/14/2012 8:20AM

    Perfect thoughts for Valentine's....!

Don

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KALIGIRL 2/14/2012 8:18AM

    'the root of the root....'
Namaste my friend.

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ASHERAH38 2/14/2012 7:51AM

    Lovely. Happy Valentine's Day!

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DAISY443 2/14/2012 7:41AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Happy Valentine's Day, dear friend!

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Playing for Change: LOVE IN ACTION -- my kind of Valentine!

Monday, February 13, 2012


World-renowned musicians Baaba Maal and Toumani Diabate at the music school opening in Kirina, Mali (Habib Koite was also there)
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My good friend CRYSTALJEM posted a poignant blog today, "The Best 5 Minute Cry Ever"...and I know just what she means because for no apparent reason my eyes well up with tears every time I watch the latest video from one of my favorite organizations, Playing for Change. And today was no exception -- playingforchange.org/news/detail/the
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I love music with every fiber of my being...and in the first years of Playing for Change I remember talk of the dream of starting music schools in Africa. And I deeply resonated with the idea of change...and peace...through music! And now OMG -- LOOK! It has become a reality! This is SO exciting. And Mark Johnson, Playing for Change Co-Founder, the white fellow you see in the above video, is obviously SO happy.
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Roger Ridley, Santa Monica, CA

playingforchange.com/episodes/2/Stan
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This awe-inspiring cover by Roger Ridley, et al, of Ben E. King's "Stand By Me" was my introduction to Playing for Change those many moons ago and this was the song that "transformed Playing For Change from a small group of individuals into a global movement for peace and understanding."

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Isn't this what feeling the love is REALLY all about? Happy Valentine's Day Kirina, Mali!
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Mark Johnson with a young friend, is a Grammy-winning producer/engineer and award-winning film director whose visionary concept a decade ago became the driving force behind Playing for Change. His work was recently spotlighted in a profile on the PBS series "Bill Moyers Journal," he has also been a keynote speaker at the United Nations, TED Global, and the University of Michigan Martin Luther King Day Celebration, as well as the Million Dollar Round Table.

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I just noticed this winning opportunity to help spread PFC's love with a click of the mouse -- give the Valentine's Day gift that keeps on giving!
playingforchange.org/news/detail/vot
e_for_pfcf_and_help_kids_around_the_world



More on the $50,000 grant we can vote on for PFC:
www.cultivatewines.com/cause/6178
and
playingforchange.org/mission

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SLASALLE 2/16/2012 5:16PM

    YOU were also MY introduction to "Playing for Change." Bowing down in gratitude, as always, for all that you share. xoxoxo

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FRANCESCANAZ 2/14/2012 9:16AM

    Happy Valentines Day to you amiga mia!

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ATRANSFORMATION 2/14/2012 4:24AM

    As you know, they are coming to our little community soon. We had them booked for last month, but the tour was cancelled and I was so disappointed, but am now thrilled at the opportunity to see them after all....they are an amazing, amazing force. And I am sure their combined spirit and energy and will fill the hall with blessings.

You know you are welcome if you choose to make the trip!

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BLUEBIRDSFLY 2/13/2012 10:15PM

    Oh Maha, I bow down in gratefulness. Music has returned to the children of Africa. May it feel their young hearts with joy.
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2WHEELEDSHARON 2/13/2012 9:17PM

    I love Mark Johnson's perseverance. He's one of those people who pull me out of my self contained bubble. The women and I will have a great time honoring this tomorrow during our celebration!

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GETSTRONGRRR 2/13/2012 9:04PM

    WOW.....ABSOLUTELY WOW!!! It's like discovering a million Robert Johnsons out there and connecting them through technology to create masterpieces that would never have been conceived of before!!

What a great concept....I'll do what I can to spread the word!

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WATERMELLEN 2/13/2012 9:02PM

    Important inititive, for sure!

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EMRANA 2/13/2012 7:48PM

  You were my introduction to Playing for Change ~ love them! Thanks for sharing again.

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2BMYOWN 2/13/2012 7:19PM

    This is awesome, Maha, thanx for sharing this with us!

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DDOORN 2/13/2012 6:20PM

    Such a wonderful organization! It is terrific to see good people out there doing good, inspired work!

Don

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DAISY443 2/13/2012 4:44PM

    Awesome!

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KALIGIRL 2/13/2012 1:18PM

    Wonderful emoticon for posting!

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INSPIREBYNATURE 2/13/2012 12:31PM

    so amazing!!!

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_RAMONA 2/13/2012 11:22AM

    WONDER-full!!!

{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}
Ramona

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