Saturday, March 28, 2015

Saturday Haiku: The Red Vinyards


in afternoon light
the red vineyard dances
friendship and harvest

                    ~ CK












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Picture: The Red Vineyards near Arles (oil on burlap)
by Vincent can Gogh November 1888.
It is said to be the only piece sold by the artist while he was alive (Wikipedia).

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Friday, March 27, 2015

The Tenth Station of the Cross: Jesus Is Stripped of His Garments

< The Ninth Station of the Cross

The soldiers strip Jesus of his garments, treating him as a common criminal



Juvenile detention center in Florida (photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)


Across the country, school systems are shutting the doors of academic opportunity on students and funneling them into the juvenile and criminal justice systems. The combination of overly harsh school policies and an increased role of law enforcement in schools has created a “school-to-prison pipeline,” in which punitive measures such as suspensions, expulsions, and school-based arrests are increasingly used to deal with student misbehavior, and huge numbers of youth are pushed out of school and into prisons and jails.  

One of the traits of Empire is that it freely discards its citizens without regard to potential or inherent worth. In the African American community there is indeed a "school-to-prison pipeline" pattern that some are trying to address. Unfortunately, the problem is practically invisible to citizens of the Empire.



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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Ninth Station of the Cross: Jesus Falls a Third Time

< The Eighth Station of the Cross                                                                    The Tenth Station of the Cross >

Weakened almost to the point of death, Jesus falls a third time


An aerial view shows people protesting against Amazon deforestation during the 2009 World Social Forum near the mouth of the Amazon River in the city of Belem January 27, 2009.



Humans have been practicing deforestation for thousands of years, since the dawn of agriculture when we discovered we could manage crops to feed increasingly large populations. In recent years, however, deforestation has increased exponentially with increasing encroachment upon the tropical rain forests. We are wanting more forest products and demanding more farmland. We are now facing serious questions of sustainability and climate change. Indigenous peoples are being displaced and we could possibly damage the sacred body of the earth irrevocably. Will we weaken the sacred body to the point of death?



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