wwcitizen: (Smell The Flowers)
This puts me in a peaceful mindset for the evening (thanks for [livejournal.com profile] ironranger1 posting this!):

"Here is what I believe: that the natural world - the stuff of our lives, the world we plod through, hardly hearing, the world we burn and poke and stuff and conquer and irradiate - that THIS WORLD (not another world on another plane) is irreplaceable, astonishing, contingent, eternal and changing, beautiful and fearsome, beyond human understanding, worthy of reverence and awe, worthy of celebration and protection.
If the good English word for this combination of qualities is "sacred", then so be it. Even if we don't believe in God, we walk out the door on a sacred morning and lift our eyes to the sacred rain and are called to remember our sacred obligations of care and celebration.
And what's more, if the natural world is sacred, and "sacred" described the natural world; if there are not two worlds but one, and it is magnificent and mysterious enough to shake us to the core; if this is so, then we - you and I... - are called to live our lives gladly. We are called to live lives of gratitude, joy, and caring, profoundly moved by the bare fact that we live in the time of the singing of birds.
Gladness lifts the natural world out of the merely mundane and makes it wonderful, and reminds us that when we use the sacred stuff of our lives for human purposes, we must do so gratefully and responsibly, with full and caring hearts. That's what I want to say."

Taken from Wild Comfort: The Solace of Nature by Kathleen Dean Moore, 2010.
wwcitizen: (Face-Serious)
This is an article that appears in Newsweek (as noted below). My partner and I picked up the magazine after I had read these informative and well-conceived perspectives on the "Gay Marriage" discussion. This article provides good, sound points for all who care to join in on the religious (Christian and possibly Jewish, mostly) perspectives on the discussion (Something went wrong with my original post, so I re-posted - sorry for the extra post).

Our Mutual Joy

Opponents of gay marriage often cite Scripture. But what the Bible teaches about love argues for the other side.
By Lisa Miller | NEWSWEEK
Published Dec 6, 2008
From the magazine issue dated Dec 15, 2008
Read article )

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wwcitizen: (Long Road Ahead)
It's gonna be a long road - not necessarily an arduous one, but a long one nonetheless - to reinvent Stephen. I went to visit some previous colleagues for lunch today and it was enlightening how much I didn't miss my job, the office, the building and the faces that much. Granted, there are a few people and their auras that I miss, but in general, I'm happy to be home and doing whatever the hell I want to do - for now. It's conceivable that this feeling of freedom and laissez-faire (que sera sera) attitude will grow tiresome and I'll "need to be out amongst the people" again (as my father used to say). But I'm content to let that take as long as it takes.

Lunch was good, the martini was pleasant, the conversation (as mentioned) enlightening, and the strolls up to and after lunch were great. It was a beautiful day today. There were hardly any clouds. Many interesting, attractive people were about. Our favorite neighborhood cafe (The Factory Cafe) is closed; they couldn't pay the $30K rent hike, so were forced to leave. Now the gorgeous space is being renovated to house an upscale clothing store. Ugh. That's not what the Village and/or Christopher Street need. But, still, I'm a firm believer that change is good.

So, off to finish watching "Under the Tuscan Sun", a couple of episodes of Oz (catching up on what I missed years ago), playing some Xbox, perhaps, or whatever the hell I want to do - like cuddle with my husband.

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