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Some Interesting Reads

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Reading – by June Perkins

Some interesting articles you might like to check out

Using Art to Find Your Spiritual Identity

Art Uplifting the World of Being

Music and Inner Harmony

Baha’i Blog Images from Around the World

Baha’i Chronicles

Leaves of Wisdom: A Baha’i Coloring Source

Studio Sessions Channel

Nineteen Months

Happy Reading, viewing and listening.

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As were they

the Book of Pain

Thus
burn madly
before glowing and then fading.

Fires come–souls go
receding,
sparks caught up light in the wind.

Have you ever met someone so filled with spirituality that they seemed on fire? They seem, somehow, light, as if the physical gravity is fighting against the spiritual lift to take them away.

Or have you ever lost someone who was deeply spiritual and close to you? They seem to slip through your fingers, even as you yearn to hold on to them because you need them so badly and love them so dearly.

Thank you for reading As were they. I sincerely hope you have enjoyed it and I humbly appreciate your visiting the Book of Pain. As always, I look forward to your comments.

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© 2012 by John Etheridge; all rights reserved. This poem and accompanying notes are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License

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Dots

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Little Dots Little Dots 1 dot=1 person. Blue=white. Green=Black. Red=Asian. Yellow=Hispanic. Brown=Other. Census from 2010

It’s official

We have been divided and conquered

Relegated to the reality of a dot

Separated by deliberate false constructs

Flowers denied equal sun and rain

Leading to self hatred

Hatred of “them”

It’s official.

© Carol Campbell 2015

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The Hollow Reed: A Song of Tai Chi Dancing with the Wind

Republished by permission of the The Hollow Reed Blog

A SONG OF TAI CHI: DANCING WITH THE WIND

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The idea for this work came from my dear friend Nasser Butt and his beautiful and inspiring work of creative writing and prose entitled “Traditions from the Old Tower, A Song of Tai Chi”.  I envision this poem as unfinished, as our practice of tai chi is always “unfinished” or perhaps it is tai chi that is unfinished with us…  As tradition demands this poem will require the completion of 108 lines.

The image is called Vapor and it was completed in gold and silver last summer.  “I am vapor, watch me disappear”.

A Song of Tai Chi:  Dancing with the Wind

Let the spirit dance begin

By breathing out and breathing in.

I hold my destiny within my hand

And enter a path that is called Grand.

Open then the door within

By breathing out and breathing in.

I cross the heavens in my search

Just as a bird must leave its perch.

Enter then the flowing wind

By breathing out and breathing in.

I reach to grasp the sparrow’s tail

And trace the air along this trail.

Swim then through the abiding wind

By breathing out and breathing in.

I hang my arms in single whip

And into eternity I gently slip.

Push then the clouds with the wind

By breathing out and breathing in.

I open my soul like a sail

And set off to find a holy grail.

I am not alone within the wind

By breathing out and breathing in.

So let the spirit dance begin…


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Twitter Themes During 2015 Australian Historical Association Conference

Stumbling Through the Past

word cloud Most commonly used words in #OzHA2015 tweets during the 2015 Australian Historical Association Conference. Click on the word cloud to enlarge it. Click on it again to be taken to the data behind this word cloud. I love this facility from Voyant Tools!

During the four days of open sessions at the conference, participants tweeted over forty thousand words excluding hashtags and Twitter handles. This year’s conference had the biggest Twitter stream of any Australian Historical Association conference since 2012 and as my last post showed, more people tweeted the conference than ever before.

A conference Twitter stream is a news service for those who cannot attend the event.  It is a crowd note-taking service which participants can refer to in order to jog their memory, find out what happened in sessions they did not attend and to provide added commentary which enriches the conference discourse.

Yet we need…

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