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Monday, January 31, 2011

Sunday, January 30, 2011

If Grandma's Ruled the World

Peace.




How could an Egyptian grandma not love a face like that.....

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Photo of the Day

This is a snippet of a photograph that I took this morning after breakfast at David's Cafe.These musicians were serenading the patrons of another popular eatery on the town square. A simple zoom in and cut with Microsoft Paint and a fairly fuzzy but interesting photograph shows a family, plus one friend, sharing their talents with a somewhat captive audience.Tipping is not required but certainly appreciated by the starving and well fed artists in Ajijic..

This is a common sight here in my little town, as are also the shoeshine men, basket sellers, confetti filled egg sales ladies and food vendors in and around the square and, there are all the extremely talented craftsmen selling numerous original and handmade treasures along the Paseo, a small "alley" connecting the square with a neighboring street. I'm not particularly fond of most street musicians, however these guys were fairly good. And, I listened to this group from a bench behind them on the square. Actually, everyone on the square seemed to stop to listen. It is rare to see so many stringed instruments in a family band and, the fact that they were good made it hard not to take time to appreciate the music.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Quote of the Day

"I think I have it all. I have a wonderful career, a wonderful life. I have my health, I have a partner of 17 years, and now I have a son. I don't have everything because I don't have the respect of people like the church or like politicians who tell me that I'm not worthy, that I'm lesser because I'm gay, well FUCK YOU!" - Elton John, speaking after performing at an AFER fundraiser in Los Angeles. The event raised $3M for the overturn of Proposition 8.


Via Joe.My.God.

The Perfection of a Withered Rose

Many years ago, I read a book that offered one person's glimpse of what he considered to be a possible "end times" scenario. One particular scene in the story has an angelic figure walking in a garden with the book's main character. The "angel" points to a rosebush with both fully blooming roses and ones that were withering and asks his companion to tell him which of the blooms are "perfect". Of course, we know that only the blooming roses were considered to be perfect and so the angel was obligated to teach a lesson about God. The withered roses were perfect, as well. They were created by God to do just as they were doing -- living, growing, and dying. Each is perfect. Each is living out the existence that The Creator provided. The withered roses are no more and no less perfect than the buds and blooms.

Each of us is perfect. Sadly, not all Christianists will agree.

Christians claim to be created in God's image and we equally claim to be His children -- all of us. The Scriptures proclaim that we are all His sons and daughters. So, would someone please explain how Christians can hate gays, Muslims, blacks, and anyone else that is not "them" and different?  It seems that some scriptures have always been "open" to interpretation, yet too many of the pleadings of Christ are being ignored by the so-called culture warriors in the Republican Party. Many Republicans just don't want us (the taxpayers) paying for the health care of the poor. Many Republicans just don't want to help the poor, the elderly, the sick, the dying, and the mentally ill.

It seems something other than charity and goodness has replaced the focus of all those alleged Christians in the Republican Party.

The following video is NSFW.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011