Dalai Lama: World Belongs to Humanity, not Leaders

Originally posted on Openhearted Rebellion:
(CNN) — The Dalai Lama says he supports the principles behind Arab Spring protests. “The world belongs to humanity, not this leader, that leader, kings or religious leaders. The world belongs to humanity. Each country belongs essentially to their own people,” he said in an interview Wednesday on CNN’s “Piers Morgan…

Photo a Day – Day #2 – Skyline

Photo a Day - Day #2 - Skyline

This is my “Skyline” photo for the May Photo-a-Day Challenge, so now, I’m caught up and can begin afresh tomorrow.

This vantage point was exactly 15 minutes from our place in the Bay Area and is a place where John and I would frequently walk together on Sundays. I have taken many photos from this spot, but this one, taken during a particularly beautiful sunset, is one of my favorites.

May – Photo a Day – Day #1 – Peace

May - Photo a Day - Day #1 - Peace

Ensō Arena

This is a painting that I made a few years ago called, “Ensō Arena”. It was inspired by a reoccurring dream of the Buddhist Ensō ( AKA “Enzo”). The Enzo symbolizes absolute enlightenment, strength, elegance, the universe, and the void; it can also symbolize the Japanese aesthetic itself, which I closely relate to. I have always been attracted to Japanese art, gardens, interiors, architecture, culture, food, et al…. The Enzo is also used as an “expression of the moment” it is often considered a form of minimalist expressionist art….so here you have it. My representation of “Peace” for Day #1 of the Photo-a-Day Challenge.

Photo a Day – May

Photo a Day - May

I am compelled to have art in my life every day…to, in some way, be instrumental in its creation. I might write a poem, or work on an existing mosaic project, or sketch in my big, black sketchbook….but of late, I have been taking many photo journeys. My friend, Cindi B. turned me on to a photo-a-day challenge in April, which I just completed, and now, May is here and another has been posted. This is the perfect way to assure just a little art gets inserted into each day. Some days, there will be more…but during those times when I am swamped, this will be it. I am already a day behind because I’ve been going in and out of a nasty stomach virus and have not been up to par…but I’ll do two shots today and get caught up, then resume tomorrow. Will post everything here and on my Facebook. The entire album for April is on my Facebook page.

Meanwhile….sipping my second cup of coffee and working for a Russian university this morning between texting my friends and feeling grateful for this life.