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April 2009 Blog Posts (13)

Sunny Sunday

Hello folks,



yesterday I participated in a group ride organized by BC Hellsinki. Group gathered to the museum of modern art (Kiasma) in Helsinki 11AM. First stop was to say "hello" to the Rainbow Warrior III (Greenpeace's ship) that was visiting the Helsinki harbor.



Shortly after the group (of 34 cyclists total) headed east toward the pictoresque city of Porvoo. Sun was shining, the wind was behind our backs and we arrived in Porvoo around 2PM. People had lunch in a park… Continue

Added by pete korhonen on April 27, 2009 at 8:30am — No Comments

eat a pig???

'I found it synchronistic or apropos, that the same week there was publicity about bacon becoming the new food ingredient in many foods. there is an alert for swine flu. Pigs, maybe we kill to many pigs, eat to many pigs; If anyone visits a pig farm, they would never ear pig again. It's totally inhumane treatment. Now what, a potential pandemic of swine flu. Seems like a karmic payback to humanity for mistreating what many say is a smart animal. Maybe they are and we aren't. Sh'mal

Added by Sh'mal Ellenberg on April 25, 2009 at 10:47pm — No Comments

A Fine Day at the Garden

It was, in fact a fine day at the garden! I will add more to this post after dinner. I'll explain the photos in the set. You can get a preview by clicking on the photo of Ku and his faithful bug protected with shirt to repel bugs friend, Salam. Stay tuned!



This, my friends, is how yesterday's collard greens wound up on… Continue

Added by Michael Levin on April 22, 2009 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Hall of Mirrors

photo by Michael Levin, Pier 60 shop, Clearwater, FL



The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.

– Mark Twain



Often, when a low mood is coming on, sometimes it is because the mind has started to brood upon itself. The things that formerly seemed exciting now elicit no response. In a sense, we have closed down. A friend can talk to us and we will not hear; we can go to a movie and may… Continue

Added by Michael Levin on April 18, 2009 at 12:00am — No Comments

New Research on Brain Chemistry

(photo by Pete Korhonen)



Subjects were studied who had been "madly in love" for an average of seven months. Once inside the MRI machine, subjects were shown two photographs, one neutral, the other of their loved one. When each subject looked at his or her loved one, the parts of the brain linked to reward and… Continue

Added by Michael Levin on April 17, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

Bob Sh’mal Ellenberg 11329 8th Ave. NE Apt 106 Seattle, Wa 98125 Sh’mal@zoobird HESTER’S LAST SMILE AND CAN OF ROLLING TOBACCO In the nursing home where I work people dying is go…

Bob Sh’mal Ellenberg

11329 8th Ave. NE Apt 106

Seattle, Wa 98125

Sh’mal@zoobird



















HESTER’S LAST SMILE



AND CAN OF ROLLING TOBACCO























In the nursing home where I work people dying is going on regularly; it’s nothing new to me, but now people are being admitted, in their forties and fifties, who are terminally ill with one critical illnesses or… Continue

Added by Sh'mal Ellenberg on April 16, 2009 at 2:11pm — No Comments

A CLOSE ENCOUNTER WITH CHARLIE MANSON

A CLOSE ENCOUNTER WITH CHARLIE MANSON



While my 12 year-old son and I were waiting for our flight from Miami to Los Angeles I was browsing a magazine rack and came across a article about Charlie Manson and his perennial parole problems. My mind immediately flew to that ominous afternoon I spent at his Topanga Canyon commune outside of Los Angeles. The picture, indelibly imprinted on my consciousness, of Manson jumping back into an attack mode crouch, his fists clenched, wanting to… Continue

Added by Sh'mal Ellenberg on April 16, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments

THE LEGACY OF ROSE PEARL

THE LEGACY OF ROSE PEARL







I’m always amazed, how after committing to an action out of love, we never know how the re-actions will reverberate through our life. This story is an instance of that reverberation.









Rose Pearl called me, reaching out by telephone, making a connection to tell me she was dying. She made it clear it wouldn’t be that very moment, but in the near future. Rose said she was calling because she needed some one to take care of… Continue

Added by Sh'mal Ellenberg on April 15, 2009 at 9:37pm — No Comments

BEING ON WITH THE OTHER

Bob Sh’mal Ellenberg

725 NE 3rd St.

Gainesville, Fl. 32601

352-378-8735

cityofpeace@citizencircle.com





















BEING ONE WITH THE OTHER



STORIES OF BEING WITH THE HOMELESS











Harry was on the ground half conscious with about 15 people, mostly men, uncomfortably standing around looking down at him; the Listerine bottle knocked over on the stone table, its distinct odor wafted… Continue

Added by Sh'mal Ellenberg on April 15, 2009 at 9:27pm — No Comments

The Weekend I Quit Hitchhiking, by Bert Woodall

The taillights of the black Cadillac disappeared and the sudden quiet gave way to an ambient, deafening screeeee. Treefrogs or cicadas in the dark trees resumed a clattering conversation interrupted when the now vanished car pulled off onto the gravel so the driver could, yet again, get out to open his pants...



Read the rest… Continue

Added by Michael Levin on April 15, 2009 at 6:18pm — No Comments

A MEETING ON THE TRAIN

A MEETING ON THE TRAIN





There is always a potential romantic adventure, however slight and passing, when one is open and allowing life to unfold for us.

I watched attentively as a woman, one among many, but a particular woman, walked down the isle of the train I was on. I casually watched as she put her baggage on the overhead rack, with a sigh, signifying, “well, this is it, it’s all okay,” then sat across from where I was sitting on the Amtrak train from Buffalo to NYC.… Continue

Added by Sh'mal Ellenberg on April 14, 2009 at 11:05pm — 2 Comments

Rock and Roll Never Forgets

True love grows by sacrifice and the more thoroughly the soul rejects natural satisfaction the stronger and more detached its tenderness becomes. – Saint Thérèse of Lisieux



If somebody is kind to us ninety-nine times and then does one hurtful thing, we are likely to forget the ninety-nine good things and remember the one bad thing. We can watch it happen in ourselves – no matter how absurd we know it is – when our parents or partner or… Continue

Added by Michael Levin on April 11, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

Blue Moles



They're out of the dark's ragbag, these two

Moles dead in the pebbled rut,

Shapeless as flung gloves, a few feet apart-

Blue suede a dog or fox has chewed.

One, by himself, seemed pitiable enough,

Little victim unearthed by some lsrge creature

From his orbit under the elm root.

The second carcass makes a duel of the affair:

Blind twins bitten by bad nature.



Read the rest… Continue

Added by Michael Levin on April 10, 2009 at 11:57am — No Comments

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