this is a picture from the little borough outside of pittsburgh where i was born and raised. my parents still live there. it came this morning in my e-mail in a newsletter from the town. this street looks much as it did when i was growing up. now tho it's lined with trendy upscale shops and i would not be able to afford to shop in most of them or live there anymore. life is funny. ; )
been a busy day. went to a meeting of the scholarship committee i am on. we picked 5 finalists out of 19 and now have to wait for the recommendations for each of the finalists before making any more cuts. the 2nd scholarship applications for a separate award aren't being released until this thurs. then i came back and tried to acquaint myself with the duties of a list administrator for the PK list. i dearly wish i was better at computers than i am. i want to do well.
like one of the stars dawn touches unafraid of the coming light, you reach for the rose tinged morning to find the warmth hidden in the softening blue bright and beautiful still. willing to risk all for the sun's promise of another day together.
this is an older one. thought i'd post it and hope that you like it.
I have been looking for you, World Honored One, since I was a little child. With my first breath, I heard your call, and began to look for you, Blessed One. I've walked so many perilous paths, confronted so many dangers, endured despair, fear, hopes, and memories. I've trekked to the farthest regions, immense and wild, sailed the vast oceans, traversed the highest summits, lost among the clouds. I've lain dead, utterly alone, on the sands of ancient deserts. I've held in my heart so many tears of stone.
Blessed One, I've dreamed of drinking dewdrops that sparkle with the light of far-off galaxies. I've left footprints on celestial mountains and screamed from the depths of Avici Hell, exhausted, crazed with despair because I was so hungry, so thirsty. For millions of lifetimes, I've longed to see you, but didn't know where to look. Yet, I've always felt your presence with a mysterious certainty.
I know that for thousands of lifetimes, you and I have been one, and the distance between us is only a flash of though. Just yesterday while walking alone, I saw the old path strewn with Autumn leaves, and the brilliant moon, hanging over the gate, suddenly appeared like the image of an old friend. And all the stars confirmed that you were there! All night, the rain of compassion continued to fall, while lightning flashed through my window and a great storm arose, as if Earth and Sky were in battle. Finally in me the rain stopped, the clouds parted. The moon returned, shining peacefully, calming Earth and Sky. Looking into the mirror of the moon, suddenly I saw myself, and I saw you smiling, Blessed One. How strange!
The moon of freedom has returned to me, everything I thought I had lost. From that moment on, and in each moment that followed, I saw that nothing had gone. There is nothing that should be restored. Every flower, every stone, and every leaf recognize me. Wherever I turn, I see you smiling the smile of no-birth and no-death. The smile I received while looking at the mirror of the moon. I see you sitting there, solid as Mount Meru, calm as my own breath, sitting as though no raging fire storm ever occurred, sitting in complete peace and freedom. At last I have found you, Blessed One, and I have found myself. There I sit.
The deep blue sky, the snow-capped mountains painted against the horizon, and the shining red sun sing with joy. You, Blessed One, are my first love. The love that is always present, always pure, and freshly new. And I shall never need a love that will be called “last.” You are the source of well-being flowing through numberless troubled lives, the water from you spiritual stream always pure, as it was in the beginning. You are the source of peace, solidity, and inner freedom. You are the Buddha, the Tathagata. With my one-pointed mind I vow to nourish your solidity and freedom in myself so I can offer solidity and freedom to countless others, now and forever.
dr. j. bennett has formally announced to the PK list that i have accepted a position as a list administrator there are 3 now, jim bennett, john howard and myself.
i am pleased, proud and a little anxious but looking forward to whatever i might be able to do for my fellow PK'ers.
they are a wonderful group of poets and performance artists, singers and songwriters among other talents. they are also interesting human beings that have taught me so much about poetry and life and living it to the end.
thank you jim and thank you PK'ers. i'll do my very best.
There are very few human beings who receive the truth, complete and staggering, by instant illumination. Most of them acquire it fragment by fragment, on a small scale, by successive developments, cellularly, like a laborious mosaic.
Dear Friend of First Freedom First, Let's keep the party going! February 12 is Darwin Day, in honor of the life and work of Charles Darwin. His book, On the Origin of Species, established evolution as the dominant scientific explanation in nature. The importance of this one book cannot be overstated, so let's each celebrate Darwin Day by getting one additional First Freedom First signature. Born February 12, 1809, Charles Darwin achieved lasting fame with his scientific theory of natural selection. Today there are forces at work to dispel his theory in favor of a non-scientific concept called 'Intelligent Design', which is simply a fancy name for creationism. Opponents of academic integrity have changed their terminology in an attempt to conceal from the public their true intent, which is to preach a religious message to public school students. They would like evolution to be replaced by intelligent design, or to at least have "equal time" for their point of view. To make matters worse, some public officials have been open to their arguments - including President Bush. At a press conference in 2005 the president said that he favors teaching intelligent design "so people can understand what the debate is about." Fortunately, the courts have not been as easily persuaded. Americans United for Separation of Church and State and its allies won an important federal court ruling against 'intelligent design' creationism in Dover, Pa., public schools in 2005 - but the challenges continue. And as we all know, the courts alone cannot be counted on to defend our rights. That's where First Freedom First and public activism come in. The first "Darwin Day" celebration was organized by a humanist group in Palo Alto, CA, in 1995. Darwin Day activities now take place at colleges and universities, schools, libraries, and museums all over the country. These events provide a wonderful opportunity to not only celebrate Darwin's birthday, but to engage in public outreach and discussion about science, evolution, and the importance of evolution education. The Interfaith Alliance and other religious groups have worked to dispel the notion that people must choose between religion and modern science. More than 500 churches are organizing Darwin Day events this year. Evolution Sunday was celebrated in churches all across the country. So let the celebration continue, let's keep the party going by getting one for one! One more signature on the First Freedom First petition in celebration of a man who made one of the most significant contributions to science ever! Sincerely, The First Freedom First Team Beth Corbin and Bethany Moore of Americans United for Separation of Church and StateDonna Red Wing and Eric Shutt of The Interfaith Alliance Foundation "What makes us special and different from other countries is that our right to decide whether and how to worship is a private matter protected by the Constitution." — http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?key=282845009&url_num=9&url=http://www.firstfreedomfirst.org/ First Freedom FirstP.O. Box 1496Washington, DC 20013 A partnership ofThe Interfaith Alliance Foundationand Americans United forSeparation of Church and State
i watched the special on TLC last night the one that followed 2 NF1 patients thru reconstructive surgery. it was not easy to see, but it was well worth it. the courage of all involved and the skill and dedication of the surgeon was awe inspiring. NF1 and NF2 are terrible genetic diseases and as reported in the special, NF1 is one of the most common genetic diseases. you can have it and never know it and yet pass it on to children that could suffer terribly or die.
if they repeat the special. take a look if you can. if you are looking for a charity, take a look into NF research and services. thanks much, sherry
There once was a woman who woke up one morning, looked in the mirror, and noticed she had only three hairs on her head. Well," she said, "I think I'll braid my hair today?" So she did and she had a wonderful day.The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and saw that she had only two hairs on her head. "H-M-M," she said, "I think I'll part my hair down the middle today?" So she did and she had a grand day.The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed that she had only one hair on her head. "Well," she said, "today I'm going to wear my hair in a pony tail." So she did and she had a fun, fun day. The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed that there wasn't a single hair on her head. "YEA!" she exclaimed, "I don't have to fix my hair today!"
Attitude is everything.
Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle. Live simply, Love generously,Care deeply, Speak kindly.
Sherry -ECLECTIC POETRY,LIBERAL POLITICS and other things, from an eclectic little woman. published in,hip poetry 2012, the individualist newsletter, online at, the amateur poetry journal, alchemy lit. mag, the writer's hood and caught in the net. a member of the international PK poetry kit, included in the anthology project, dec. 2004 and in national poetry day projects, four volts. uk. pk#10 and the picolata review.national poetry dayu.k. 08. former list administrator for the PK list.featured poet june'07#20.member pgh women's blogging society. contributing writer-CITIZEN JOURNALIST EXCHANGE worldwidehippies.com