Lovely photos by girls-Recommended site…

A young woman expresses joy as she poses for a portrait.
Madina and Friba 11 2015 06 .jpg

Dr. Rex (It is What it Is) recommended this blog and I agree:

Steve McCurry’s Blog

Steve’s body of work spans conflicts, vanishing cultures, ancient traditions and contemporary culture alike – yet always retains the human element
Founded by Steve McCurry in 2005, ImagineAsia, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Its mission is to work in partnership with local community leaders and regional
NGO’s to help provide educational resources and
opportunities to children in Afghanistan.

The goal of the program is to give students the opportunity
to document their communities by giving them
the tools to create their own art.

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Fear Used to Promote Aggression — Read in theConversation.com

Demagogues have always used fear for intimidation of the subordinates or enemies, and shepherding the tribe by the leaders. Fear is a very strong tool that can blur humans’ logic and change their behavior.

When ideologies manage to get hold of our fear circuitry, we often regress to illogical, tribal and aggressive human animals, becoming weapons ourselves – weapons that politicians use for their own agenda.

From a psychiatrist and neuroscientist specializing in fear and trauma, who has some evidence-based thoughts on how fear is abused in politics:  theconversation.com

The politics of fear: How it manipulates us to tribalism

Fear, a psychiatrist writes, has roots deep within the human psyche, and demagogues have long exploited the emotion. In today’s world, it’s important to know the dangers of that exploitation
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Drinking Poetry

It’s delicious!

Literary Remains

I am unable to Poe
and wanting to Plath
as I listen in darkness
to Longfellow’s serenade
drinking absolute
torch and Twain
as Ayr’s bard Burns,
like Dante’s Inferno
sliding down…
down… my throat
ere a chilly Frost,
while daring to walk
on The Road Not Taken
with Tolkien’s Hobbits
running Swift and Wilde…
Sexton coughs, “Live or Die!
and Cohen croons, “Hallelujah!
until the night is over and Donne.

© Literary Remains

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I Wanted to be Included in on This One!

Sorry–I couldn’t let this one pass…

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Reparations? NO!

The idea of paying attention to past wrongs while continuing to cause more and accelerated wrongs at the same time is…wrong. Halting continued and increasing racism is what’s important–not a pretend show that we are truly repentant.

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Current Violence: New Zealand…

Don’t only authors usually autograph their books?  That means…

(Observation by Jill Dennison:  Trump’s a plagiarist or he really thinks he is…)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Writing a Poem

I’m writing a poem,

waiting for an image

to lead me on while eating

Greek yogurt…No, can’t

do both at the same time.

Now I am writing a poem,

my eyes closed…………….

A snapping turtle. I’m falling

asleep. No, I must do this.

Why did Socrates drink

hemlock? Maybe if I lie down…

Got it!  Helpless worms who

drown in a downpour.  And

unsuspecting turkeys who raise

their heads, drink the rain and

die.  I didn’t use to know that.

Of course!  My offstage image

has arrived: water. . . Tears. 

No wonder it took me so long to

recall New Zealand, Parkland,

Jumal  Khashoggi, refugees,

children in cages, climate change

and the raccoon  who was tortured

to death in my hometown.  And no,

I shed no tears for the devil.

 

Nan

 

 

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