Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
A dear friend introduced me to this poem...
Love After Love
The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other’s welcome,
and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you
all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,
the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.
Sunday, November 02, 2008
"Although the commodification of food is a global problem, its solution is local and personal. We can eat thoughtfully and moderately, with occasional and appropriate fasting and feasting. We can select our food to be consonant with our values, prepare it ourselves with pleasure and attention, and present it with an eye to beauty, natural religion and sensual delight. Then we might know the power of food to magically create intimacy, conviviality and community...."
Thomas Moore is a former Catholic monk. He is the author of many books, including Care of the Soul and Dark Nights of the Soul.Read more at http://www.resurgence.org/magazine/article2652.html
Friday, October 17, 2008
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
"World of Good, a fair-trade gift company, works with 6,000 artisans in 34 countries. The artisans, most of whom are women, are responsible for more than 25,000 dependents, and Priya Haji has helped improve their lives.
After graduating from the Hass School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, Haji traveled for six months in the Third World, trying to decide where she could do the most good. Instead of living in a community with one group of artisans, Haji decided to help artisans from around the world find access to the consumer market in the United States. Retailers who partner with World of Good get a small turn-key gift section for their store, and each product has a tag that describes the product and the people who make it."
- The Natural Foods Merchandiser
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Here's an interesting article on the Creative Economy, but with relevance to developing nations. Rather long, but interesting, of course.
"The Creative Economy Report 2008 of UNCTAD
The emerging "creative economy" has become a leading component of economic growth, employment, trade and innovation, and social cohesion in most advanced economies. Unfortunately, however, the large majority of developing countries are not yet able to harness their creative capacity for development. The creative economy offers to developing countries a feasible option and new opportunities to leapfrog into emerging high-growth areas of the world economy." Read more
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Monday, April 07, 2008
Friday, April 04, 2008
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
The cafe is a wonderful place where people come and do their own thing, or come together for conversation and to connect. Sometimes these connections last for a lifetime, sometimes they last for a season. But nevertheless the connections have happened, and it adds to our repetoire of experiences in life. Many a world was saved over a cup of coffee, many a relationship strengthened. It is lovely informal learning that takes place from conversations that matter. Not because they conform to the social currency of the day necessarily, but because they come from the vibrations of the soul. Sharing a warm, comforting drink together and conversing can bring about new ways of being in peace.
Let's make this metaphor for learning through conversations that is the cafe be one of the ways we, as individuals independent of any organizing principle other than God, consciously manifest peace in the world.
Friday, March 28, 2008
"When considering a problem as large as the degradation of the global environment, it is easy to feel overwhelmed, utterly helpless to effect any change whatsoever. But we must resist that response, because this crisis will be resolved only if individuals take some responsibility for it. By educating ourselves and others, by doing our part to minimize our use and waste of resources, by becoming more active politically and demanding change- in these ways and many others, each one of us can make a difference. Perhaps most important, we each need to assess our relationship to the natural world and renew, at the deepest level of personal integrity, a connection to it. And that can only happen if we renew what is authentic and true in every aspect of our lives.' - Al Gore, Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit
Monday, March 24, 2008
Any lessons to be learnt for Malaysia?
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
Does news sell because people are naturally attracted to conflict?
Peace is our natural state.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
I have a grand vision for The Peace Café to be a independent learning lab dedicated to enhancing the human experience through research and dialogue in ethics, ecology and education.
I wish all of us well!