Teacher spoke softly saying Breathe in Through your nose Breathe out Through your mouth Breathing in deeply Helps me to center myself Thoughts come and go Like the clouds above The urn, when breathing Breathe, when praying Pray, when looking See, the birds Engraved on the urn There too triangles Circles and straight lines Signs that are read Top to bottom Bottom to top In the distance Out the window Old buildings In need of repair Alludes to the thought The Church can never be completed Always, like us, in need Of breath, of repair We see a peacock We know from our art History classes It can be easy to ignore Birds and peacocks As symbols or art But writing stems From the pictorial The peacock became a symbol of immortality in Christian art The peacock serves as a reminder of the Resurrection and eternal life The peacock is symbolic of re-growth and rejuvenation, Royalty, respect, honor, and integrity The peacock is also a symbol of beauty, love, and passion In Egypt the peacock was linked to the worship of the sun god, Amon-Ra and associated with the all-seeing eye of Horus. To the Hindus, the peacock was associated with Hindra, the god of thunder who became a peacock endowed with one hundred eyes that enabled him to watch out for the demon Ravana Peacocks are also symbolic in the Buddhist religion Symbolic because they display their feathers by opening their tails they are associated with openness and purity, and their feathers are even used in Buddhist purification rituals Breathe in Breathe out Teacher softly speaks This advice from Swami Buaji Be kind Be peaceful Be tolerant Begin the day with Love Spend the day with Love End the day with Love This is the way to Source Breathe
I love it!
Inspired by this:
Monday afternoon. May 23, 2022.
My birthday month.
It is a two-part documentary and I recommend it. Great footage. Great music. Fascinating story.
Sinatra grew up in Hoboken, New Jersey, and from an early age he was passionate about singing–and someday singing in New York City.
This passion, and dreaming of singing in the city across the river, has inspired me to look at my 35mm film negatives from when I lived in Hoboken and worked in New York City.
Here is a photo of people from my archives on Washington Street in Hoboken:
Here is a favorite photo from Hoboken, which I believe could have been taken when Sinatra was growing up in Hoboken or when I lived on Washington Street.
A blessing it was to host our traditional Family Christmas Eve Party a few short weeks ago. Last year we were unable to have our traditional Family Christmas Eve Party because of Covid.
Here is our menu:
Here are photos from the party (Click on photo to enlarge.):
Left to right: apple cranberry crisp by Susan; jalapeno corn muffins by Susan; Daryl looking at 2022 calendar of Rocky Mountain National Park photos by me; Julia and Daryl; Kate, Lauren and Owen opening presents; kielbasa; Lauren; Lauren and Owen looking at book of NYC photos by me; Owen and Lauren; Picadillo; sweet and spicy nut and pretzel mix; shrimp cocktail; Susan holding present from Julia and Daryl; new vinyl from Daryl.
A blessing and joy it was to get-together.