Wicked Divinity…#MondayBlogs

Banked embers
Flames gone silent
Within the fire

We burn
Together and apart
We create

We destroy
A sure downfall
In our resurrection

We take flight
Racing stars across the night

Evil and good
Dancing across the soul
Trading victories…

Caroline A. Slee

St. Francis Today

I attended Catholic schools when I was young. There was no prayer I loved better than the prayer of St. Francis:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

When we are children, we are all selfish creatures. Our lives revolve entirely around having our needs met by those around us. With growth comes (hopefully) maturity and greater independence. It’s terribly easy to fall back into selfishness. This prayer helps me remember what matters. I would like to scatter joy instead of sowing further discord. At the same time, I understand that doing what is right is not always as simple as the words of a prayer for peace. Unfortunately.

– stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves
– make sure you express love to those who matter to you
– speak your truth
– lead with compassion
– be kind

It’s a short and simple list, but powerful in practice all the same.

Blessings to you all!st-francis

Women’s Voices…#MondayBlogs

Cassandra shouted
Truth and prediction
Yet none loved
But her pretty face

Singing the future
with a voice given
by the gods
she knew too much

The world does not long
For fact or truth
or self-preservation

It longs for order
A woman in her place
Not mute
but easily ignored

A Cassandra
who can foretell disaster
and watch disaster fall
upon those ears

Deaf to her promises

Caroline A. Slee

Friday Philosophy…Serendipity

Once upon a time, I had a poetry professor who called it serendipity when I drew a blank on a line in a poem.

The line was “a lonely impulse of delight” from W. B. Yeats “An Irish Airman Foresees His Death.”

I’ve always thought it funny that he looked at my forgetfulness of that particular line as serendipity.

This week, I thought I should just delve into quotes on serendipity. I define serendipity as happy accidents. The dictionary prefers to define it as “the occurrence or development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.” So, you know, happy accidents.🙂

“Vital lives are about action. You can’t feel warmth unless you create it, can’t feel delight until you play, can’t know serendipity unless you risk.” ~ Joan Erickson

“What people call serendipity sometimes is just having your eyes open.” ~ Jose Manuel Barroso

“Serendipity is the gift of finding things we didn’t know we were already unconsciously looking for.” ~ Glauco Ortolano

“One meets his destiny often in the road he takes to avoid it.” ~ French Proverb (and serendipity visiting the reluctant, as well.)

“In reality, serendipity accounts for 1% of the blessings we receive in life, work, and love. The other 99% is due to our efforts.” ~ Peter McWilliams

“Risk-taking, trust, and serendipity are key ingredients of joy. Without risk, nothing new ever happens. Without trust, fear creeps in. Without serendipity, there are no surprises.” ~ Rita Golden Gelman

May your weekend bring you a happy, accidental discovery.

Blessings to you all.

Is Capitalism Forever? #WriterWednesday

For this week’s #WriterWednesday, I want to share with you the book “Is Capitalism Forever?” by author Nelson Gist.

Nelson Gist has been an activist organizer since the 1970s through today’s Occupy movement. The timeliness of this book could not be more apt. When I had the opportunity to sit down with Nelson, it was just a few weeks before the election. At that time, he was in the midst of questioning our social process surrounding campaigns and elections.

In the book “Is Capitalism Forever?” Nelson shares his history and experiences in Unions and in direct action to shed light on the Marxist perspective of Capitalism in America today. Whether you agree or disagree with the idea of Capital being at the root of social and economic injustice in the United States, you will find valuable information about today’s economy in this book. (Hint: there’s an entire chapter dedicated to the Walmart model of classism.)

I very much enjoyed the way this book pushed me to question my assumptions and views, while also shedding light on the spin machine at work to shade our opinions. This machine has been at work for many decades now, and we are seeing the latest iteration of it.

Thought-provoking and daring, “Is Capitalism Forever?” challenges the Capitalist model we have all grown to accept as “normal.”

I highly recommend this book for its rich content, and the vicarious experience the author gives us by taking us on his journey through activism, and sharing his views on political economy today.



Friday Philosophy…Unity

I think the title speaks for itself.

“The point in history at which we stand is full of promise and danger. The world will either move forward toward unity and widely shared prosperity – or it will move apart.” ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Talent perceives differences; genius, unity.” ~ William Butler Yeats

“We are each other’s harvest; we are each other’s business; we are each other’s magnitude and bond.” ~ Gwendolyn Brooks

“Like a sculptor, if necessary,carve a friend out of stone. Realize that your inner sight is blind and try to see a treasure in everyone.” ~ Jalaluddin Rumi

“When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.” ~ Winston Churchill

“For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.” ~ Rudyard Kipling

“We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

And, my personal favorite:

“All for one, and one for all.” ~ Alexandre Dumas

Pushing Words: Or How I Learned to Stop Procrastinating and Start to Love the Craft Again — BayArt

November is National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo for short) and this year I was determined to actually put my hat into the ring and write my first novel. To be sure, the fiction end of the writing I have done so far, mostly unpaid for the last decade or so, has sharpened my skills and allowed…

via Pushing Words: Or How I Learned to Stop Procrastinating and Start to Love the Craft Again — BayArt