Empowerment and Basketball in Somalia

“We have to preach equality on the continent and all over the world. There’s as much talent in girls as there is in boys. They have to be given the opportunity too. At the end of the day, you see them walking taller.” Masai Ujuri, Founder Giants of Africa/President, Toronto Raptors

The charity Giants of Africa uses Basketball as a tool to advance education and empowerment for African youth.

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Nature Sings

If you get a moment, listen to what nature is saying today.

What Gorgeous Thing

By Mary Oliver

I do not know what gorgeous thing
the bluebird keeps saying,
his voice easing out of his throat,
beak, body into the pink air
of the early morning. I like it
whatever it is. Sometimes
it seems the only thing in the world
that is without dark thoughts.
Sometimes it seems the only thing
in the world that is without
questions that can’t and probably
never will be answered, the
only thing that is entirely content
with the pink, then clear white
morning and, gratefully, says so.

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The Work Goes On

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Amen.

A beautiful song….for a brand new day. Amazing Celia Cruz, sings it her own way:

I have a white rose to tend 

In July as in January - 

Cultivo una rosa blanca, 

En julio como en enero - 

Jose Marti
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Tribute to Greg Younging

by Greg Younging

background by Brendan O’Brien, Magnolia Tree, Fernbank Studio, NZ. handmade paper.

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Songs for These Times

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A Song for These Times

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A Poem for These Times

A Purification
by Wendell Berry

At start of spring I open a trench
in the ground. I put into it
the winter’s accumulation of paper,
pages I do not want to read
again, useless words, fragments,
errors. And I put into it
the contents of the outhouse:
light of the sun, growth of the ground,
finished with one of their journeys.
To the sky, to the wind, then,
and to the faithful trees, I confess
my sins: that I have not been happy
enough, considering my good luck;
have listened to too much noise;
have been inattentive to wonders;
have lusted after praise.
And then upon the gathered refuse
of mind and body, I close the trench,
folding shut again the dark,
the deathless earth. Beneath that seal
the old escapes into the new.

Have Peace – Veronica

The poetry and work of the peace garden continues.

@atpeacegarden

 

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Peace Garden Movie

The Peace Garden Movie shows a bit about some of our projects so far...enjoy!

 

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Happiness = Always Possible

Was this so long ago?  Happiness = always possible. To me, this is what Obama taught.

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