"Obamas to Plant White House Vegetable Garden"
On Friday, March 20th, 2009, 23 third graders will join First Lady Michelle Obama on the South Lawn of the White House to break ground on an 1100 square foot kitchen garden that will provide food for family dinners and formal dinners.
According to the New York Times:The Obamas’ garden will have 55 varieties of vegetables grown from organic seedlings started at the executive mansion’s greenhouses.
And better still:
Almost the entire Obama family, including the president, will pull weeds, “whether they like it or not,” Mrs. Obama said laughing.
Ok, you can stop pinching yourself: you aren't dreaming this and an off batch of sauerkraut hasn't caused a rare case of lacto-fermentation-hallucination.
THEY ARE REALLY GOING TO DIG THIS GARDEN!
Quite a paradox, hmmmm?
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"There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other." ~Douglas Everett
"The Wright brothers didn’t contemplate the staying on the ground of things. Alexander Graham Bell didn’t contemplate the non-communication of things. Thomas Edison didn’t contemplate the darkness of things. In order to float an idea into your reality, you must be willing to do a somersault into the unconceivable and land on your feet, contemplating what you want instead of what you don’t have." ~Wayne Dyer
"Be more visionaries and less what-isionaries." ~Abraham
“If the beasts were gone, we would die of a great loneliness of spirit.” ~Chief Seattle
She is very weak – beautiful fur that always reminded me of the night sky, stretched over a skeleton with hardly any flesh left. She still tries to walk a bit, but she lurches around like a drunken sailor. She joined me in the bathroom today, while I was bathing, as she likes to do. But when she tried to put her paw in the water to play with the water/drink the water, she nearly fell in. She didn’t have strength to support her reaching down. I had to catch her. It seems almost like she WANTED to fall in…. to let go into an entirely new experience. She has had a fascination with water, while still avoiding it for the most part, like most cats. But I couldn’t stand the idea of her drowning in the bathtub. I had to tell her I couldn’t handle that manner her of leaving her body. So she is waiting for it to give out.
Please hold her in light. If you know a song for the dying, please sing it. If you are a Sufi or Dances of Universal Peace person, you may know the Ya Salaam (O, Peace) chant. So please sing to the spirit of Isis, or say a prayer, or send healing energies to ease her transition. Isis has been our sweet companion for almost 15 years. She is much loved.
I have been singing and playing a recording of a Buddhist chant – it is from http://www.tara.org/. (See the lower right side of the homepage to listen or download the chant.) You can find out more about Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo and the Buddhist centers and activities she is involved with at the same website. I received this recording – a much longer version – one day while visiting the Buddhist Stupa in Sedona. One of the nuns was walking around giving CD’s to all the visitors. The chant is the Prayer to be Reborn in Dewachen - a traditional prayer offered as a gift. It is part of a music project Jetsunma is working on, a CD of songs and prayers to be played for the dying, both human and animal. It is a lullaby of compassion for those passing from this life. Share it far and wide.
Prayer for the Animal Kingdom
"We are travelers in a cosmic journey - star dust, swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. But the expressions of life are ephemeral, momentary, transient. Buddha once said "This existence of ours is as transient as autumn clouds. To watch the birth and death of beings is like looking at the movements of a dance. A lifetime is like a flash of lightning in the sky." We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share. This is a precious moment, but it is transient. It is a little parenthesis in eternity. If we share with caring, light heartedness and love, we will create abundance and joy for each other. And then this moment will have been worthwhile." ~Deepak Chopra
Today's synchronicity was about waste. First, I received an e-mail with a link to a video about plastics: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1glVFMej_3g. This evening we watched a program on the Planet Green network about how scientists all over the world are working on new technologies to reuse, or detoxify, or produce new sources of energy from all the things we waste. It was pretty hopeful! (And BTW, if you are not watching the Planet Green network, I suggest checking it out. They have some good ecology programming.)
And I received an e-mail with a reminder of the work of Chris Jordan, a photographic artist who pictures for us the truth of our wasteful consumerism. He says: "The immense scale of our consumption can appear desolate, macabre, oddly comical and ironic, and even darkly beautiful; for me its consistent feature is a staggering complexity." Visit his website at http://www.chrisjordan.com/ to see many amazing pictures. They take awhile to load. Because of the vast detail involved in them, they must be fairly high resolution. But they are definietly worth the loading time!
The picture above is from the gallery named Running the Numbers - An American Self-Portrait. And this video is from Ted Talks -- Chris Jordan talking about his work and some of the pictures in that gallery. There are several other galleries on his website -- all amazing and thought-provoking, while often being -- as he says -- darkly beautiful. The one called We the People is especially.... oh, sorrowful is the best word I can find for it. These pictures are a wake-up call for the world!
"The best mind-altering drug is truth." ~Lily Tomlin"A human being fashions his consequences as surely as he fastens his goods or his dwelling. Nothing that he says, thinks or does is without consequences." ~Norman Cousins"I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do." ~Edward Everett Hale
"If the beasts were gone, we would die of a great loneliness of spirit." ~Chief Seattle