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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

A Picture of a Day

Wild fires in Florida are in the picture today, making the news as far away as Shanghai. Thousands of residents are being warned to stay inside because of all the smoke. To quote the Daily:

RELENTLESS wildfires burned into the early morning yesterday across Florida's Atlantic coast, taxing firefighters and overwhelming residents, some of whom tried to save their homes with garden hoses.

. . . Governor Charlie Crist declared a state of emergency on Monday as dry, windy weather worsened conditions.

"Smoke Damages Air Quality, Prison Evacuated as Wildfires Scorch Florida Everglades," is a typical headline. To quote MySpace News:

A state prison and federal detention center near the Everglades were evacuated Monday afternoon as the wildfire burned uncomfortably close to the facilities. About 2,000 people from the Everglades Correctional Institution and the Krome Detention Center were relocated to other facilities around the state.

. . . In all, firefighters were battling dozens of blazes from Brevard County on the Atlantic coast south to Miami-Dade County that have burned more than 78,000 acres, said Gerry LaCavera, a wildfire spokesman with the state Division of Forestry.

Wildfires have also scorched another 25,000 acres of Lake Okeechobee's drought-exposed bottom

Depending on where you live -- For "The Impatient Patient, " it has been a happy return to Florida, despite the wildfires. A naturalist from neighboring Cumberland Island, Georgia, talks about the ecological need for wild fires. According to USA Today, the fire is only 30% contained and burning in an area where an endangered bird species lives, namely the Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow. On CNN, "Scottyreport" is an interesting image with a fascinating contrast between water and smoke. Today's illustrating image is a generic wildfire picture, not one of Florida.

My topical post today at South by Southwest and The Reaction is about politics.

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References on Spirituality -- Favorites from my old collection

  • "A Return To Love: Reflections On the Principles Of a Course In Miracles" by Marianne Williamson. Harper Collins, 1992
  • "A World Waiting To Be Born: Civility Rediscovered" by M. Scott Peck. Simon and Schuster, 1993
  • "Chicken Soup For the Unsinkable Soul" by Canfield, Hansen and McNamara. Health Communications, 1999
  • "Compassion in Action: Setting Out On the Path of Service" by Ram Dass and Mirabai Bush. Bell Tower Pub., 1992
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  • "Finding Values That Work: The Search For Fulfillment" by Brian O'Connell. Walker & Co., 1978
  • "Fire in the Soul" by Joan Borysenko. Warner Books, 1993
  • "Further Along the Road Less Traveled" by M. Scott Peck. Simon and Schuster, 1993
  • "Guilt Is the Teacher, Love Is the Lesson" by Joan Borysenko. Warner Books, 1990
  • "Inner Simplicity: 100 Ways To Regain Peace and Nourish the Soul" by Elaine St. James. Hyperion, 1995
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  • "Man's Search For Himself" by Rollo May. Signet Books, 1953
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  • "Myths, Dreams and Religion" by Joseph Campbell. Spring Pub. 1988
  • "Passion for Life: Psychology and the Human Spirit" by John and Muriel James. Penguin Books, 1991
  • "Peace Is Every Step" by Thich Nhat Hahn. Bantam Books , 1991
  • "The Heroine's Journey" by Mureen Murdock. Random House, 1990
  • "The Hope For Healing Human Evil" by M. Scott Peck. Simon and Schuster, 1983
  • "The House of Belonging" poems by David Whyte. Many Rivers Press, 2004
  • "The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth" by M.Scott Peck. Simon and Schuster, 1978
  • "The Soul's Code: In Search Of Character and Calling" by James Hillman. Random House, 1996
  • "The World Treasury of Modern Religious Thought" by Jaroslav Pelikan. Little, Brown & Co., 1990
  • "Unconditional Life" by Deepak Chopra. Bantam Books, 1992
  • "Wherever You Go There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation" by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Hyperion, 1994
  • "Zen Keys: A Guide to Zen Practice" by Thich Nhat Hahn. Doubleday Dell Pub. Group, 1974

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A retired counselor, I am equal parts Techie and Artist. I am a Democrat who came to the Southwest to attend college. I married, had kids and have lived here all my adult life.