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Reflections

Echo and Narcissus, John William Waterhouse, 1903

Chamber for personal reflections, for contemplation of text and images that reflect or echo other material on the website, and for selected news items that mirror our themes.

Personal Reflections

CHARLES KNOTT: THOUGHTS ON EDUCATION

CHARLES KNOTT: STREETCARS, JUNEBUGS, AND THE POET'S FANCY

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Selected Breaking News

Trevor Noah: 2016 Started with Zika and Went Bad

How the World Closed Its Eyes at Syriaís Horror

Nobel Prize Ceremony: Scroll down and hear Patti Smith sing Dylanís Hard Rain.

Woman Dies After Falling Into Vat of Melted Chocolate Trying to Retrieve Her Cellphone

Mending News: Serious, Engaging and Sometimes Amusing Antidotes to Breaking News

Teacher's Resignation Goes Viral on Facebook

The Story of Rachel Carson and Silent Spring

Hermann Hesse on What Trees Teach Us about Belonging and Life

How Permaculture Can Restore Ecosystems and Communities

Germany Unveils Zero Emissions Train

William Blake: Glad Day: The Dance of Albion

Swedish Bank Supports Standing Rock Protest

Native American Prayer to Awaken Spirit

Native American Symbols of the Zodiac

William Blake: Everything That Lives is Holy: Life Delights in Life

On Being, Article on Redemption

There is a Crack in Everything: Leonard Cohen on Democracy and its Redemptions

Clarissa Pinkola Estes Page

Charlie Chaplin Speech from The Great Dictator

Egyptian Initiation

African Children Mandala

Photo found on Facebook page (October 9, 2013) of Cynthia McKinney, Phd., who posted this note with it:

I found this on an African website and wanted to share it with you.

An anthropologist thought he would test these African children. He placed a bowl of fruit underneath a tree and told them that the first one to reach the tree could have the fruit. When he told the children to run, they all took each others' hands and ran together. They all enjoyed the fruit together. This is the African concept of Ubuntu. In my opinion, it is also why Africa is preyed upon by the vultures untamed and let loose by other cultures.

When asked why they didn't run the course alone, they answered, UBUNTU! How can we be happy when others are sad?

UBUNTU in Xhosa is roughly translated, "I am because we are."

Now, if we could just get rid of those vultures.


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