FRIENDS: 2me4art and Amy Begun Saab

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2me4art and Amy Begun Saab

I’m not always so tech savvy about this blogging thing. I never quite understand how some random person will come across my blog. But it does happen. I get an email from wordpress that tells me someone saw my blog and “thought it was pretty cool” and then gives me links to where I can check out their blog-life.

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I just had to share this blog with you. 2me4art by Amy Saab who illuminates the sublime with her photographs of beauty hiding in unexpected places.

To see much, much more and experience the transcendent visit http://2me4art.com/

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ANYTHING IS A BLESSING: SMALL HOMES and SMALL SETBACKS

SMALL HOMES:

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Many people think that the OCCUPY movement dried up and disappeared like dust, but OCCUPIERS have just moved into other areas of action and change.

OCCUPY MADISON is building small homes for those in need of one. Take a look at the following  local news report from NBC affiliate WMTV (Madison, Wisconsin.

VIDEO LINK OF NEWS BROADCAST:

http://www.nbc15.com/home/headlines/Group-builds-tiny-homes-for-local-homeless-218449881.html

SMALL SETBACKS:

My cancer came back. It’s still treatable. I’m meeting with a new oncologist on Thursday to discuss options.

And if that isn’t enough, I’m writing this from the Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs where I’ve been hospitalized with Pneumonia (just the regular community acquired kind, nothing fancy or antibiotic resistant). Treatable and now being treated intravenuously with Levaquin, a strong antibiotic.

I’m still just so glad to be alive and thinking and dreaming and writing. I take the greatest pleasures in the simplest of things.

As I was driving myself to the E.R. this afternoon I came up behind this old hippie-style van with the following message painted on the back:

ANYTHING IS A BLESSING

And so it is. I really brought that into my soul and heart as I drove the final few miles to the hospital. “It will be a blessing to watch the doctors and nurses do what they do best,” I told myself. “It will be a blessing to  give them an opportunity to demonstrate their skill and expertise.”

It was a blessing to be able to drive myself to seek the appropriate care for my body. And as I continue my stay here at the hospital It will be a blessing for me to interact with everyone along the way – by expressing thanks and appreciation., engaging with questions and encouragement. Smiling. Laughing. Giving a friendly nod.

It is a blessing to be reminded not only of the fragility of life, but also of the sacredness and beauty of it. And to be reminded of how precious it still is to me. Though I sometimes face limits and challenges I could never have imagined, I still am grateful every morning for another day of life. And in that sense, yes, ‘anything’ and ‘everything’ is a blessing. Even the chance meeting of my truck and the van which told me so.

SPIRIT: Pope Francis Makes Me Want to Be a Catholic (almost…)

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VATICAN RADIO REPORTS IN AN INTERVIEW WITH POPE FRANCIS:

“It is an ugly thing, when you see a Christian who doesn’t want to humble himself, who doesn’t want to serve, a Christian who struts about everywhere: it’s ugly, eh? That is not a Christian: that’s a pagan!”

He warned Christians against placing themselves above others and called on the faithful to be in solidarity with the poor.

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I’m almost ready to become Catholic. But I’m Episcopalian, so I’m already “Catholic Lite.”

Source: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/12/19/1263815/-YES-YES-YES-Pope-Francis-trashes-the-prosperity-gospel?detail=email1