Archive for March 5th, 2013


3.5.13 … I would love to go to this happiest place … What’s important is to find ways to step back, disconnect, reconnect with our own peace, strength, and wisdom — and enjoy the unanticipated detours along the way.

Wisdom 2.0, Arianna Huffington:  I would love to go to this happiest place …

This past weekend I went to Disneyland. Not the actual Disneyland, but my version of Disneyland. It was a conference called Wisdom 2.0, which is designed to address “the great challenge of our age: to not only live connected to one another through technology, but to do so in ways that are beneficial to our own well-being, effective in our work, and useful to the world.”Like a kid at “The Happiest Place on Earth,” I wanted to go on every ride, eat every snack, go to every session and talk to every other speaker and everyone attending. And like many a Disney-fied kid, I was primed for a bad case of overstimulation leading to an eventual meltdown. Fortunately, given the nature of the conference, there were ample breaks for things like meditation, breathing exercises, yoga and healthy snacks. Which, of course, just left me that much more energized. I was in a mindfulness spiral!The conference is in its third year, and its founder and host is Soren Gordhamer, who has dedicated himself to helping us find ways to tap into our inner wisdom even as we integrate more and more technology into our lives. This is also the topic of his book, Wisdom 2.0: Ancient Secrets for the Creative and Constantly Connected.

Sometimes the stakes will be small, like getting through a parade, but sometimes they’ll be big. What’s important is to find ways to step back, disconnect, reconnect with our own peace, strength, and wisdom — and enjoy the unanticipated detours along the way.

via My Weekend at the Happiest Place on Earth (No, It Wasn’t Disneyland) | LinkedIn.

labyrinths, Chatlotte NC, Urban Ministry Center, UMC Blog:  A new Charlotte labyrinth!

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” Those were the words, from Psalm 119:105, that resident Solomon Agunbiade shared with the group after they walked the canvas labyrinth inside Moore Place. Solomon recalls that as his favorite walk, because the lights were off and the path was lit with candles. He was instantly reminded of the twists and turns on the path of life and the light that guides him through. The labyrinth walks offer Solomon a time to focus on his own prayer and meditation, and he seems grateful for the community he feels in that moment.

On February 1, 2013, Moore Place recognized its one year anniversary with an open house for the community. The group created a labyrinth on the front lawn, dedicating it as a celebration of housing and yet a reminder of the 2,567 people in Charlotte who are still living without the safety, warmth and stability of a home. Of the 140 guests, 35 participated, with Solomon and fellow tenant Justin Markel offering guidance, information and insight to those interested in walking the path. Justin told me how much he values the time with his fellow residents and how the walk, along with the burning of his written concerns helps him to release his own worries.

2,567 people in Charlotte still without housing

Kathy says, “I told the residents that they are no longer just labyrinth walkers, but labyrinth keepers (keepers of the wisdom) and labyrinth builders.  That brought smiles to all of their faces!” It’s such a gift to share your ‘wisdom,’ and insight with a larger community and I have been a happy recipient of the gifts from this group.

via The Labyrinth: A Clearly Defined Path – UMC Blog.


3.5.13 … “puisse la paix regner dans le monde”

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2013 Lenten labyrinth walks, Mountain View United Methodist Church-Boulder CO:
I walked out of Edward’s apartment this morning to the brightest sunshine I’ve seen in a long time. The Rocky Mountains in the background were absolutely gorgeous. I am sure my pics will not do them justice.
After dropping Edward off, I ventured to Mountain View United Methodist Church where I had my snow walk.  It was definitely a walk of faith … The labyrinth was completely covered in snow and was partially covered in shade. A small portion of it was melted so I could see the red rocks underneath on that one section.
IMG_6374 IMG_6394 IMG_6375
I could not find my way so I kept kicking the snow back.  It was still quite fun and so I don’t really mind. The snow made me slow down ….
IMG_6382 IMG_6381 IMG_6378  IMG_6376
IMG_6386 IMG_6383 IMG_6385
 IMG_6389  IMG_6387
IMG_6391 IMG_6377  IMG_6390
I also love this church.  It has a Peace Pole,the only one I’ve encountered at a church.   I used its mantra to set the tone of my  walk …
Puisse la paix regner dans le monde./May Peace Prevail on Earth.

3.5.13 … Intrigue at the Vatican … an imposter sneaks in … wrong hat, wrong scarf … :)

imposter at the Vatican,  CBS News:  intrigue at the Vatican … I wonder what kind of security they have in place? Swiss Guards better be on their game …

The unidentified imposter, far left, who tried to pass himself off as a bishop in Vatican City with a real cardinal, Italian Cardinal Sergio Sebastiani.

The man wrapped a purple scarf around his waist and wandered in, in an attempt to disguise himself as a bishop, Pizzey reported on “CTM.”

“This is one of those nifty stories we like to get here,” Pizzey said from Vatican City. “The Swiss Guards didn’t notice him … He managed to get up to where the cardinals were meeting and talked to a couple of people before they noticed that, ‘Hey, this guy’s not wearing the right hat and doesn’t have the right clothes on.'”

The man even got the chance to talk with a few church officials and pose with one cardinal, Italian Cardinal Sergio Sebastiani, before he was hustled out, apparently with no harm done.

Pizzey added, “It lends lightness to an otherwise somber situation.”

via Imposter at the Vatican: Which one of these doesn’t belong? – CBS News.

The Digital Public Library of America, DPLA,  Dan Cohen’s Digital Humanities Blog:  Why didn’t I think of that …

The DPLA, which you will be hearing much more about in the coming months, will be connecting the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums so that the public can access all of those collections in one place; providing a platform, with an API, for others to build creative and transformative applications upon; and advocating strongly for a public option for reading and research in the twenty-first century. The DPLA will in no way replace the thousands of public libraries that are at the heart of so many communities across this country, but instead will extend their commitment to the public sphere, and provide them with an extraordinary digital attic and the technical infrastructure and services to deliver local cultural heritage materials everywhere in the nation and the world. The DPLA has been in the planning stages for the last few years, but is about to spin out of Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society and move from vision to reality. It will officially launch, as an independent nonprofit, on April 18 at the Boston Public Library. I will move to Boston with my family this summer to lead the organization, which will be based there. It is such a great honor to have this opportunity.

via The Digital Public Library of America, Me, and You | Dan Cohen’s Digital Humanities Blog.

NYC,  Homeless, Great Nation?,  I recently met up with a childhood friend  who now lives in NYC.  She had spent the night before counting the homeless.  Doesn’t it seem like this is a problem a Great Nation should be able to solve?

An average of more than 50,000 people slept each night in New York City’s homeless shelters for the first time in January, a record that underscores an unsettling national trend: a rising number of families without permanent housing.

New York City’s homeless population reached a record 50,000 reported individuals in January, and is indicative of a troubling national trend. Michael Howard Saul explains. Photo: Getty Images.

Families have become a larger share of the nation’s homeless population, growing 1.4% from 2011 to 2012, after their numbers fell as the economy emerged from recession.

via New York City Leads Jump in Homeless –

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 618 other followers

March 2013