Dance Around Friday: With Music for Peace From Around the World!

“A song for the peaceful days of summer!

From Play For Change “bringing peace to the world through music”.

Are you feelin’ peaceful yet?

About Play For Change

“The project started in 2004 with the organization’s self-described goal to “inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music”. The creators of the project, Mark Johnson and Enzo Buono, traveled around the world to places including New Orleans, Barcelona, South Africa, India, Nepal, the Middle East and Ireland. Using mobile recording equipment, the duo recorded local musicians performing the same song, interpreted in their own style. Among the artists participating or openly involved in the project are Vusi Mahlasela, Louis Mhlanga, Clarence Bekker, Tal Ben Ari (Tula), Bono, Keb’ Mo’, David Broza, Manu Chao and Grandpa Elliott.” Wikipedia

I first heard of play for change when someone sent me their version of “Stand by Me” and I immediately passed it on to another friend and we cried and laughed over the phone listening over and over. We went on to do a fundraiser with Stand By Me as our theme. Well I guess I better add “Stand By Me” to this post in case you haven’t seen it. Get out your hankie and get ready to phone a friend”

Ooops! I gota quit listening and post this, enjoy!

Daily Promot: The Next Big Thing

Elemental Being

Elemental Being Made of Spinning Atoms

Celestine Prophesy, Age of Aquarius and Particle Physics all suggest that we humans will eventually become light beings. Far fetched and woo-woo as that seems if we are really made of of tiny atoms spinning around with lots of space between each one we may not be as solid as we think. So my idea of The Next Big Thing is: that we beings who can reflect and use thumbs,will take the next step in evolution and start taking ourselves more lightly! So what I guess I’m saying The Next Big Thing would be Human Evolution. It may not be hover boards or space ships but it is something we all have access to. Peace, Loving Kindness and knowledge that we are made of stardust is certainly on my drawing board. Who else is ready to sparkle?

Daily Post The Next Big Thing 

Other Next Big Things:

All I Want for Christmas


My Christmas Wish for You

My Christmas Wish for You

Little Town of Bethlehem Created by a man from India

This Christmas display that stands on a hill overlooking the San Francisco Bay  was created  50 years ago, by a non Christian man  from India as a thank you for the all the opportunities and respect his community in El Cerrito California offered him. It started as a single  Christmas ornament in his gaeden and grew to cover a hillside. Some years there were  even live sheep. After his passing the city of ElCerrito has taken it over.

Oh how wonderful it is every year to drive up to the hill to see The Shadi Christmas Display . There are carol’s playing, children running around, folks standing still remembering what Christmas is all about. I wish each and everyone Peace and joy for Christmas!


Sunday Post: Peaceful Kingdom

Vickie and Gracie meet an elepahnt

Vickie and Gracie meet an elephant on their morning walk.

Jakesprinters wise choice for Sunday post this week is Peaceful.  One of the definitions was unruffled and that certainly describes my friend Vickie and her companion Gracie. This is a mural on her garage door. I took the picture Friday and wondered when I would find a way to use it and, as it often happens, Jake’s prompt was waiting for me when I got home.

As word of war from all over the world greet us every time we turn on the TV, or for some of us open our front door, indulge me while I make a suggestion.  I believe it is how we deal with all with “the other” or that which is alien to us, that is one of the roots of conflict.  Whether it is a different species, race or gender if we respond in an  unruffled  manner upon being confronted by “the other” maybe we could begin to change the world.  Here is a couple of pictures from a Moon Party dinner at my house this fall you will some of the international students and there host families. Any place where we humans can experience diversity promotes PEACE ON  EARTH!  Even your kitchen.

Folks from USA, Taiwan, Russia, and Ma lasia

Folks from USA, Taiwan, Russia, and Indonesia  waiting for Moon cake.

On the other side of the table our neighbors from Sudan and a student from Brazil

On the other side of the table our neighbors from Sudan and a student from Brazil.

Imagine A Peaceful Earth for Lunar New Year

Golden Fan at the Vietnamese Consulate SF. I don't know any thing about it but the images seem to suggest a Peaceful Earth

When I was 25 the thought of going to a Lunar New Year Party at the Vietnamese Consulate was a totally impossible to imagine: we were at war in”Nam”.  But Just last week, my 25 year old daughter borrowed my my camera to document her visit to that very Consulate.  The photos she brought back looked like a family reunion. There were pictures of  friends of sharing good food, baby hugging, and karaoke! (we have to imagine this, I don’t have names and permission) I can show this Beautiful Golden Fan  which to me symbolizes:

Things can changed over time!

Here we have a model for the possibility of change.

Let’s Imagine our Children Celebrating Spring with Iran or…

Pick a country or a person or  any idea you are are war with…

And Imagine it Changing…

I wonder what the first step would be?