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The week is before us - like the coffee pot - waiting to brew. Making it good is a matter of choice, luck, creativity, patience and acceptance of the outcome.

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Active elements on this page: Occasionally I will publish a new blog post, but I write mostly at other sites.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Wild about Wordle, and other wonders.

Isn't this beautiful?  It was made by a very nifty program called "Wordle."  The design comes from the block of copy you enter into the program.  I find it quite magical.  The words are the labels I routinely use to describe my political blog.  The frequency of the word in the copy dictates its size in the composition.

"Earth From Above --Photography Exhibition Shows Unique Perspectives Of Planet#."  With the advent of Google Earth, eyes in the sky let us see as never before.  Orbiting weather satellites and photographs taken by NSAS shuttle astronauts and crew members inhabiting the International Space Station provide invaluable perspectives on important events around the earth, hurricanes, for example. The story came from The Huffington Post. To quote:

The view from a hovering helicopter affords perhaps the best vantage point from which to observe and capture the Earth's beauty -- and fragilityI recently met with artist-activist Yann Arthus-Bertrand to discuss climate change, carbon offsets, and his upcoming outdoor exhibition of 150 four-foot by six-foot aerial photographs of the Earth The collection, entitled The Earth From Above, will touch down in New York from May 1, 2009 to June 28, 2009, before continuing on to San Fransisco and Los Angeles in 2010.

"Our good earth in National Geographic says, "The future rests on the soil beneath our feet."  The piece features an ethereal color photograph that is beautifully luscious.  And "Urban Street Art, Abandoned Places and Amazing Designs#at WebUrbanist," is a visually rich website worth a visit. 

"Animals Have Personalities, Too#" is from Yahoo! News.  Those personality differences make important contributions as to how well a group of animals  prospers, for example.  More   fascinating stuff.


The last part of this post is about a few weirdly wonderful links that landed in my e-mail box recently.  My regular contributors know how much I enjoy this kind of material, and you will, too.  "Sharks are cool," says "betmo" in the intro to "Immaculate Conception*".  She also sent this very strange looking one: "Boffins unveil life-like robo-girl.*  I conclude with this TIME magazine photo essay called,  "Your Doctor Wants You to Smoke.#"  It consists of 10 old advertising illustrations from before the time when the link between smoking and cancer was discovered.

Hat Tip Key -- Items marked with (#) were links sent to me by my regular contributor, Jon; those marked (*) were e-mailed links from "betmo."

My topical post today at South by Southwest and The Reaction is about presidential 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
  • "Creative Visualization" by Shakti Gawain. MIF Books, 1978
  • "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
  • "Insearch:Psychology and Religion" by James Hillman. Spring Pub. 1994
  • "Man's Search For Himself" by Rollo May. Signet Books, 1953
  • "Mythologies" by William Butler Yeats. Macmillan, 1959
  • "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.