Monday, December 10, 2018
For Music Monday, In Dulci Jubilo from Christmas with The Singers. You know I love choral Christmas music!
Thursday, December 6, 2018
Today's post is a response to the following message from the international literature festival berlin:
On December 10, 1948, 70 years ago, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was announced by the United Nations General Assembly at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris. On this anniversary, the international literature festival berlin (ilb) calls upon individuals, institutions, universities, schools, and media who value freedom of the press and human rights to organize and participate in a worldwide reading in memory of the murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Poems in honor of
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
and the memory of Jamal Khashoggi
Universal Declaration for Jamal
by Linda Mitchell
barbarous acts have outraged us.
of our human family, is murdered.
championed freedoms of justice and peace.
rights should have been protected.
Insomuch as Jamal’s
dignity and human worth were disregarded.
better standards for all peoples and nations.
Forasmuch as Jamal
is compatriot, colleague, father, spouse, friend, brother
We are not his
We are not his
Article 3. Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.
REMEMBERING JAMAL KHASHOGGI
by Michelle Kogan
Golden Shovel built from Article 03 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
A human life is the responsibility of everyone.
When a voice has
spoken for those oppressed, the
voice also needs right-
ful protection. To
slaughter any life
is a blight against all liberty
all measures of human security
need to unite to right this heinous act of
dehumanization toward that person.
© 2018 Michelle Kogan
Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.
by Tabatha Yeatts
made of the universe,
breathing stars with every breath,
who unfurled like a flower
in the world's womb,
The right to be seen—
replete with spirit
a complete unit of life—
spark of life's fire,
wherever you go.
Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.
by Harry Yeatts
iambic tetrameter blank verse pentastich
These folks hold tight to their beliefs.
Those folks over there do the same.
And both believe diff'rent from me.
So then we're all non-believers,
And have every right to be.
(1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
(2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.
by Michelle Heidenrich Barnes
all I need is
elected officials who
question my value and
understand nothing of the
perhaps it's time to
the truth of
nothing is ever secure.
© 2018 Michelle Heidenrich Barnes
freedom to be nice
by Donna JT Smith, © 2018
found poem from the UDHR
religion or belief
may nothing be
A concrete poem by Brenda Davis Harsham:
Elizabeth Steinglass has the Poetry Friday round-up. Thanks, Liz!
Journalism-related art today, getting ready for a Khashoggi post tomorrow.
photo by Dr. Avishai Teicher
Women’s photojournalism course in Farah City, Afghanistan
photo by ResoluteSupportMedia
Allegory of communist press censorship
by Jacek Halicki
by Adolph von Menzel
by Suzanne Scheuer
for the U.S. Works Progress Administration
Portrait of Emma Zorn
by Anders Zorn
Trompe l'oeil mit Porträt
by Martin Orthner
A final quote:
News is what someone wants suppressed. Everything else is advertising.
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Sometimes I don't know which way to go with Wellness Wednesday because I'm not sure what you need this week. My younger daughter came down with a stomach bug last night, so I mostly need electrolyte recipes and permission to nap. But what is on your plate? My Australian friend Kat just told me about the bushfires that recently blazed through her area and how stressful that experience was (thank goodness for rain!). I ended up going with a little bit of a bunch of things...use as needed:
Smoke pollution from fires:
* Fire Support: Herbs for Lungs and Trauma
DIY Electrolyte drinks:
* 4 Homemade Electrolyte Recipes
* Gratitude Journal: 67 Templates, Ideas, and Apps for Your Diary
* Study: Tetris is a Great Distraction for Easing an Anxious Mind
* Relaxation Apps
* Nick Cave on death and grief
* Amaretto Cream Truffles (I made them Sunday and had planned on using amaretto extract, but at the last minute I decided on strawberry. TBH, I couldn't taste the strawberry, but the truffles were still a hit.)
Anything you want to add?
Monday, December 3, 2018
Anita Baker's Rapture album (1986) was one that I listened to on a daily basis. For Music Monday, Anita Baker:
One more Anita quote:
I'm picking and choosing in terms of the stress factor. If it's not fun, I'm not going to do it.
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Two Maggies today. I just love this Maggie Smith poem with its gold butterflies and shadows:
by Maggie Smith
When the girl leaves the mountain,
she is no longer a child,
but she has not outgrown the hawk.
She wears its shadow on her shoulder,
an epaulet. It bears the weight
of allegory. When the girl leaves
the mountain, it’s autumn,
so many yellow leaves on the gingko,
clusters of butterflies seem to cling
to each branch. Each time
the wind blows, a few take wing...
read the rest here (scroll to the bottom)
I love this (admittedly dark) Maggie Blake Bailey poem, too:
by Maggie Blake Bailey
...Years ago, I left to climb a glacier
in Alaska and learned how to cling
to the mountain, how to bracket...
read the whole thing here
Last day to turn in human rights poems!
Carol's Corner has the Poetry Friday round-up. Thanks, Carol!
Today's post was inspired by a visit to The Phillips Collection in DC.
Interiør med kunstnerens staffeli
by Vilhelm Hammershøi
by John F. Folinsbee
Garden at Vaucresson
by Édouard Vuillard
Moulin à Saint-Jacut or Les Villas
by Édouard Vuillard
by Nathalie Djurber
photo by Tabatha