Tuesday, October 27
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Tag: Celebration

Celebrating International Women’s Day with poem, prompt and events sponsored by Peace Action

Joy, justice, poem, Poetry
Listen Child I read a poem today and decided I must deed it to some lost, lonely fatherless child… to brace her along her stony path … Listen child, don’t forsake your aspirations or buy the social OS Just let this poem play you like a musician her viola, reframing lonely into solitude and sanctity Let it wash you like the spray of whales Let it drench your body in the music of your soul, singing pure prana into the marrow and margins of your life Let your shaman soul name your muse Discover the amethyst bliss of words woven from strands of your own DNA Yes! I read a poem today and decided I must deed it to a lost fatherless child © 2011, poem and photograph, Jamie Dedes All rights reserved WRITING PROMPT On my own blog, The Poet by Day, Wednesday is ...
All Dressed Up with Someplace To Go

All Dressed Up with Someplace To Go

"Life" Issues, Abundance, Advent, Atheism, Blessings, Christmas, culture, Food, Gratitude, monotheism, Religion, remembrance, Renewal, secularism, Skeptic, Spirituality, Thanksgiving
This is the time of year when people like me and perhaps more than a few of you, my Constant Readers, both in the “closet” and out – that is to say, skeptics, atheists, rationalists, secular humanists, etc. – are sometimes parodied by the remark that we are “all dressed up with no place to go”. Well, if you define the Holidays such that, in order to validate one’s ticket to celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, etc., etc., one must believe in some kind of (usually monotheistic) Deity with all the usual requisite “omnis,” then that characterization is accurate. One can then go on to deride those, like me, who describe themselves as being “spiritual but not religious”. However, what I object to in such an approach is twofold: (1) the restriction of spirituality to theistic categories,...
TGIF – What are you grateful for?

TGIF – What are you grateful for?

Photography, Quote, spiritual practice, Spirituality
“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” — Albert Schweitzer I am grateful, today, for the many thoughts I have had yesterday as I balanced my military friends aversion to fireworks and loud, repetitive popping sounds with my absolute non-violence friends as they provoked thoughts of what is and is not just war. And some of my religious friends as they reminded me of the pagan roots of our 4th of July celebration and my pagan friends as they pish-toshed that idea. So many people and so many ways of being in the world. Let us all rekindle each other through incredible kindness, gratitude, and love. Plus, I love fireworks. So here is my little photo essay...