Endless pamphlets from SunlightFlorida.org come in my mail, with images of Dana Young, and her name in large print. She is a Florida lawmaker who votes against healthcare. SunlightFlorida ostensibly want us to call her. I wrote them thus:
Thanks for all the free publicity for Dana Young. I sure wont forget her name when it comes to voting.
I associate her name with pamphlets that told me healthcare should be affordable for everyone.
The Rapid Report.
Walking this morning in the park and giving thanks for the beauty of sunrise, greeting the contemplative duck standing unphazed, in perfected awareness by the path, I met my friend M.
I asked M why America is so divided, she told me of growing up in a staunchly Republican family of dear good civic minded folk, who saw their jobs disappearing and who felt grievance at democratic policies which privileged others – the under privileged although that was not the language Republicans are taught to consider. Her intemperate but “heart of gold “ uncle, counted down the days till Bill Clinton would be out of office. Her family are great Trump supporters. Their hero promises their dreams will come true. They are good , good people – misguided yes.
M said she had never favored Christianity, but has recently been employed in a company which is determinedly Christian. She said it is eye opening to see how they put into practice, concepts of caring and justice.
I would like to add that in my opinion Democrats fail to account for the real reason jobs are disappearing – money is being filtered to the top . In a healthy economy , EVERYONE has enough to meet basic needs. Healthcare and education are responsibilities of the state. Taxes are used to give basic human rights to all. G’s son recently spent a day in the emergency room – the bill was $14,000. This lad’s credit is destroyed. His potential in life has been limited.
We the People need to unite, vote in the August (FL) primaries etc.
The art is a recent silk painting – a new move for me. I will be at Cool Art July 14/15 in St Pete.
4.20, 2018. 9.22-
Auspicious date. Not too late.
Net talk makes me baulk.
Some say today is close to our last.
So much closer than most think.
Uncalculateds making it fast.
We’ll so soon be in the drink.
And be merry for tomorrow we die,
or diet enforced by loss of crops and loss of bees…
But oh, how it did please me to see
the magnolia provide for the bee.
In a full bloomed flower at morning hour
the stamen had fallen in heaps and piles
on a creamy white petal bowl –
the bees who were snurfling this treat like wee piggies
at times lifted off –
floating above and around,
’til they landed again where such plenty was found.
Like the head of a super sayan was the pistil
big, in a full skirt of white;
china red her smooth bodice,
holding that yellow head upright.
Look! next time you see one,
mira! she dances with bees;
i am part too of the great unfreeze.
The story is absolutely circular. Compare Moebius strips and spirals, and twinned gyres in a toroidal donut. All circular. The circumference of my skull is mentally composed of the input from my senses and my awareness. Beyond time and universe is the imaginative realm of consciousness, immaterial energy, “god” – still within my skull. So much of my world concept is shared with others, and so much is not. Comprehending that our reality is not only material but also conceptual is step one. The material exists – we interpret it.
To the curator at Wellington Museum.
Dear Sir/ Madam
Thank you for the excellent exhibition of two Maori legends in the te Hau exhibition.
The story of the two Taniwha locked in a confined space – one breaking through, dividing the land and the water then disappearing, and the other forming the land with its body – represent a thrilling version of the creation story. THIS story includes an initial duality: Spirit and Matter one might say. In scientific terms, the confined space is potential energy ( I call it the Cosmic Egg of All Potential). The first Taniwha represents the Big Bang, the emergence of matter out of potential, the slowing down and materialisation of energy (or spirit). And the second Taniwha represents the world, that which is materially evident.
I search for the truth in all religions and I find it represented here. I thank you for this valuable presentation of Maori wisdom.
The holographic Maui, delighted the dance student in me with his stylised Polynesian representation of running a great distance, and the very particular postures he took which spoke of a different time. To see the movement of the piupiu delighted me. The legend of Maui taking the fiery fingernails of his grandmother to reignite the fire – which he had extinguished – and then his extinguishing it again and again until she gives him her last fingernail, and says he will be punished for his arrogant misuse of her gifts, is astoundingly current. Has human kind not abused the fire power again and again as “civilisations” rise and fall? Are we not overusing Earth’s energy resources now, and on the brink of bringing about devastation – or over it?
In the face of inevitable death ( I am 67, I think about this ) and possible destruction, art remains a joy and a light. It is the most human of pursuits and our enduring gift to Earth.
I sincerely thank you for this most enriching experience, and congratulate you on such a wise and thoughtful selection of stories to tell.
Elizabeth E Mitchell
313 W Haya St
Tampa FL 33603