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"... with eyes fixed on the horizon and God's grace upon us, we carried that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations...."
-- President Barack Obama, 1/20/09, Inauguration Address

"Democracy is a renewable resource!"
-- Vice President and Nobel Peace Prize Winner Al Gore

Happy Women's History Month and newly established White House Council on Women and Girls!

Happy President's Day!


"DALLAS (AP) - Experts say the fireball that blazed across the Texas sky and sparked numerous calls to authorities was probably a meteor. Officials announced Monday the blaze was not falling space junk from last week's satellite collision. The Federal Aviation Administration said the fireball appeared to be a natural phenomenon. The object was visible Sunday morning from Austin to Dallas and into East Texas."
-- KCBD News Channel

"This train is bound for glory, this train./ This train is bound for glory, this train./ This train is bound for glory,/ Don't carry nothing but the righteous and the holy./ This train is bound for glory, this train./ This train don't carry no gamblers, this train;/ This train don't carry no gamblers, this train;/ This train don't carry no gamblers,/ Liars, thieves, nor big shot ramblers,/ This train is bound for glory, this train./ This train don't carry no liars, this train;/ This train don't carry no liars, this train;/ This train don't carry no liars,/ She's streamlined and a midnight flyer,/ This train don't carry no liars, this train./ This train don't carry no smokers, this train;/ This train don't carry no smokers, this train/ This train don't carry no smokers,/ Two bit liars, small time jokers,/ This train don't carry no smokers, this train./ This train don't carry no con men, this train;/ This train don't carry no con men, this train;/ This train don't carry no con men,/ No wheeler dealers, here and gone men,/ This train don't carry no con men, this train./ This train don't carry no rustlers, this train;/ This train don't carry no rustlers, this train;/ This train don't carry no rustlers,/ Sidestreet walkers, two bit hustlers,/ This train is bound for glory, this train."
-- This Train by Woody Guthrie

"Follow your own footsteps/ Learn from the rivers,/ The trees and the rocks./ Honor the Christ,/ the Buddlha,/ your brothers and sisters./ Honor the Earth Mother and the Great Spirit./ Honor yourself and all of creation./ Look with the eyes of your soul and engage the essential."
-- Inca Q'ero shamans (quoted in Phenomenon by Sylvia Browne, 2005)

"The heavens are sounding the glory of God; the arch of the sky makes clear the work of his hands."
-- Psalm 19:1



".... we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."
Happy Birthday President Abraham Lincoln!

"I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant."
Happy Birthday Martin Luther King Jr.
!

"Believing as I do that man in the distant future will be a far more perfect creature than he now is, it is an intolerable thought that he and all other sentient beings are doomed to complete annihilation after such long-continued slow progress.... Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science."
Happy Birthday Naturalist Charles Darwin!



Publisher's note: In first developing this site, I was very much attuned to and enthralled by sensory awareness and appreciation of life and the environment around me, which I meant to share through poetry, short stories and graphic design in all its awesome, sometimes fragile, and changing natural beauty. I think the best example of that is "Vesna," Polish for spring, my favorite season for its profer of hope and renewal. Having lived in southern Florida where the only variations of season are subtle and tend toward torrential and flooding rains, I enjoy the messages of sun to earth mid-country and wrote an ode to each as they appeared to use as an introduction quarterly to OSCR in attempts to convey those wonders in response to garbs of the planet as she turns and revolves around her mainstay as it moves also through its galaxy in a mostly unknown universe we call home. Perhaps there are other universes too, unavailable to our scientific explorations and perception normally. God is great and there's no knowing really all that Divinity creates. My home was and is an oasis for me, and sometimes others, from the vagaries and vanities of confining social definition and structure to encounter God and the universe without preconceptions or false forms, formalities in its raw majesty from serene to terrifying, apparent stasis to life-threatening storm, abundant growth to the quietly deadening lull of winter as wildlife generally leaves or hibernates, starves or survives on provisions stored. To borrow from Steinbeck, this is the winter of our discontent, but spring will as ever arrive with all its minute initiation of promise and glory. All we have to do is stay alive for the days when we can again truly thrive. Each real person, like a diamond, has many facets. That's what makes him or her interestingly and intricately complex, as well as valuable, strong and hard yet delicate, at least to a hammer. I've always been joyously grateful for the diversity of talent and personality represented in ACR/OSCR. In a manner analagous to artists proficient in one medium who cross over to others in search of learning, exploration and expression, we will as a nation and world morph and expand into something even greater than we've known before. Le monde sans la fin. -- jh




AMERICA!!
My country, 'tis of thee,
Sweet land of liberty,
Of thee I sing;
Land where my fathers died,
Land of the Pilgrims' pride,
From ev'ry mountainside
Let freedom ring.

My native country, thee
Land of the noble free,
Thy name I love;
I love thy rocks and rills,
Thy woods and templed hills;
My heart with rapture thrills
Like that above.

Let music swell the breeze,
And ring from all the trees
Sweet freedom's song;
Let mortal tongues awake;
Let all that breathe partake;
Let rocks their silence break,
The sound prolong.

Our fathers' God, to Thee,
Author of Liberty,
To Thee we sing;
Long may our land be bright
With freedom's holy light;
Protect us by Thy might,
Great God, our King.



“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”
-- John Wesley, quoted by President Paul E. Stanton, who rescinded in response to requests and pleas his recent resignation of age and exhaustion to guide Johnson City's East Tennessee State University through today's troubled waters, during his commencement speech to over 1200 ETSU graduating students, 12/14/08

"December 21, 2008
"To: My Carter and Washington County Constituents
"I want to take this opportunity to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
"I look forward to serving you in the upcoming General Assembly. This is going to be a very tough legislative session because of the economy. But, if we place our trust in God and follow those basic principles that our forefathers used to make our country the greatest nation in the world, we can find our way out of the valley that we find ourselves in today.
"May God bless you and your family now and always.
"[signature]Rusty
"Senator Rusty Crowe"

-- quarter-page ad in Jonesborough Herald & Tribune, 12/23/08

"You better listen, my brother/ 'Cause if you do you can hear/ There are voices still callin' across the years/ They're crying across the ocean/ And they're crying across the land/ And they will till we all come to understand
"None of us are free/ None of us are free/ None of us are free if one of us is chained/ None of us are free
"When there are people in the darkness/ And they just can't see the light/ If we don't say it's wrong, then they say it's right/ Hey, we've got to feel for each other/ Let our brothers know we're here/ Got to get the message/ Send it loud and clear
"That none of us are free/ None of us are free/ None of us are free if one of us is chained/ None of us are free/ It's the single truth/ We all need to see/ None of are free if one of us is chained
"Well, I swear to you salvation/ Isn't hard to find/ None of us can find it on our own/ We've got to join together/ Spirit, heart, and mind/ So every soul who's suffering knows/ They're not alone
"None of us are free/ None of us are free...."

-- None Of Us Are Free by Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil/Brenda Russell, performed by Sam Moore and Sting on the CD "Overnight Sensational"

"When the last child cries for a crust of bread/ When the last man dies for just words that he said/ When there's shelter over the poorest head/ We shall be free.
"When the last thing we notice is the color of skin/ And the first thing we look for is beauty within/ When the skies and the oceans are clear again/ Then we shall be free...."

-- We Shall Be Free by Garth Brooks and Stephanie Davis, performed by Sam Moore and Sting on the CD "Overnight Sensational"


United States Constitution, Article II, Section 1

Before he enter on the execution of his office, he shall take the following oath or affirmation: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States."

Oath taken by federal Vice Presidents, Senators and Representatives

"I, [name], do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God."



Another historic breakthrough

Still brave, free, and exploring new territory, we citizens of twenty-first century America have our first Hawaiian and Caucasian-African President and leader of the Free World. All our prayers for security and success, wisdom, divine guidance and protection are with recently inaugurated President Barack Obama and the rest of our newly elected and sworn government of the United States.

"I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

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"Here appears definitely the goal toward which the different arts are tending, the place where they will meet perhaps: the future city of the spiritual life, to be built by them [the Impressionsists], of which poetry, as the state of the soul, would be the commanding gesture, music the atmosphere and painting the marvellous decoration."
-- Achille Delaroche, "Concerning the Painter Paul Gauguin from an Aesthetic Point of View," as quoted in Paul Gauguin's Intimate Journals, translated by Van Wyck Brooks

"...for he shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor."
-- Micah 9:12

"L'Chaim!"
-- traditional Jewish toast meaning "To Life!"

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Graphic: Liberty Enlightening the World
from
Index of Acrylics by Jeannette Harris

New York's Statue of Liberty is a 151-foot statue of a woman holding a book and a torch on-high -- "One of the colossal sculptures of world history, the Statue of Liberty has greeted millions from other lands who crossed the ocean in search of freedom, opportunity, and is a symbol to the world of those ideals of liberty upon which our nation and form of government were founded."

"Give me your tired, your poor,/ Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,/
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,/
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,/
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
-- from The New Colossus, engraved at the statue's bottom,
poem by
Emma Lazarus, 1883

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"You see, in many ways, Appalachia isn't what it used to be. We have lost more than 1 million acres of land, along with 1000+ of miles of our once pristine streams, and 90% of our traditional coal jobs to mountaintop removal mining. This barbaric practice has reduced much of our home to rubble, and further damaged our perennially struggling local economies. The jobs are gone. The people are leaving. The water is toxic. And they are blowing up the mountains themselves.
"But the face of Appalachian resistance to 'Big Coal' is changing. Not only are we seeing unprecedented national and international media like NPR, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal run with stories about the Appalachian people's struggle to end mountaintop removal, but we are seeing 100s of online activists and bloggers participate in helping us spread the word through the iLoveMountains Bloggers Challenge.
"Each week there will be featured blogs, activists, videos, facts, photos and more...."
-- Appalachian Voices

"Together we stand/ Divided we fall/ Come on now people let's get on the ball/ Let's work together/ Come on come on/ Let's work together/ Make someone happy/ Make someone smile/ Let's all work together and make life worthwhile/ Let's work together/ Come on come on let's work together/ Together we will stand every body/ Every woman and man..../ When things go wrong as they sometimes will/ When the road that you travel seems all up hill/ Come on come on let's work together...."
-- Dwight Yoakam, Let's Work Together from the CD If There Was A Way

NOTE: Effective October 31, 2007, the State of Tennessee accepted the Charter and Bylaws incorporating A Country Rag as a non-profit organization. They are on file with the Jonesborough Register of Deeds. By letter dated January 13, 2008, the Internal Revenue Service approved the site's 501(c)(3) status as of the state incorporation date. For the composition of ACR, Inc. see its Site Credits section.
A Country Rag's new ad-free domain address is acountryrag.org (bookmark it!); there is a mirror site at geocities.com/countryrag.




"Ecological feminism is essentially a response to a set of key problems thrown up by the two great social currents of the later part of (the last) century—feminism and the environmental movement." -- Val Plumwood (1993)

"As we move into the 21st century, many people are looking for spiritual awakening and healing. I'm not surprised to find many women seeking alternatives to treat PMS and menopause and looking to this traditional practice and the Earth for medicine.
"Some elders believe there are very specific reasons for the greenhouse effect in our world today. The elders of some tribes believe, as do I, that a part of this effect on the Earth is due to the omission in our society of honoring the sacred feminine and the Moon cycle. The demands that are placed on women in our society and the dishonoring of Moon time are also a part of this phenomenon;...."
-- Sharon Oxendine, a Lumbee Indian residing in Weaverville [N.C.], The Moon Lodge: Women of the Sacred Hut, published in new life journal, a freely distributed newspaper, October 2007, Buncombe County, N.C.

"The one shared premise to which all eco-feminists would ascribe is the idea that there is a link between the oppression of women and the oppression of nature. It is a worldview in which domination is seen to be a key axis of organisation, the enactment of which is explicitly embodied within the organising principles of Western culture." -- Green Spirit

"We are the ones we have been waiting for.... It is time for us to remember who we really are and our soul’s true purpose.... It is divine destiny that we are here now." -- Venus Rising Institute for Shamanic Healing Arts




"... Let not Cæsar's servile minions/ Mock the lion thus laid low;/ 'Twas no foeman's arm that fell'd him,/ 'Twas his own that struck the blow;/ His who, pillow'd on thy bosom,/ Turn'd aside from glory's ray,/ His who, drunk with thy caresses,/ Madly threw a world away..../ As for thee, star-eyed Egyptian,/ Glorious sorceress of the Nile,/ Light the path to Stygian horrors/ With the splendors of thy smile./ Give the Cæsar crowns and arches,/ Let his brow the laurel twine;/ I can scorn the Senate's triumphs,/ Triumphing in love like thine." -- Antony and Cleopatra by William Haines Lytle

"... If you love her then you must send her/ Somewhere where she's never been before" -- Words of Love by Mamas and The Papas

".... And she shows you where to look/ Among the garbage and the flowers/ There are heroes in the seaweed/ There are children in the morning/ They are leaning out for love/ And they will lean that way forever/ While Suzanne holds the mirror/ And you want to travel with her/ And you want to travel blind/ And you know that you can trust her/ For she's touched your perfect body/ with her mind."
-- Suzanne by Leonard Cohen





"The priest knelt beside my father and they prayed together, priest and warrior transfigured by moonlight, by warfare, destiny, and the urgent, mysterious, and ineffable cries and secrets of souls turned inward upon themselves."
-- The Prince of Tides, by Pat Conroy

"I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked...." -- Howl, by Allen Ginsberg

"...I am the man./ I was there./ I suffered somewhat./ I have sat in an uneasy chair./ I am a tear of the sun./ I am a hill where poets run./ I invented the alphabet/ after watching the flight of cranes/ who made letters with their legs....." -- Autobiography by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

"The race of man is suffering/ And I can hear the moan,/ 'Cause nobody, But nobody/ Can make it out here alone."
-- Maya Angelou in Alone, quoted from The Academy of American Poets

"...Old age should burn and rave at close of day;/.... Do not go gentle into that good night./ Rage, rage against the dying of the light."
-- Do not go gentle into that good night by Dylan Thomas



"No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord."
-- Isaiah 54:17


"As we move into the 21st century, many people are looking for spiritual awakening and healing. I'm not surprised to find many women seeking alternatives to treat PMS and menopause and looking to this traditional practice and the Earth for medicine.
"Some elders believe there are very specific reasons for the greenhouse effect in our world today. The elders of some tribes believe, as do I, that a part of this effect on the Earth is due to the omission in our society of honoring the sacred feminine and the Moon cycle. The demands that are placed on women in our society and the dishonoring of Moon time are also a part of this phenomenon;...." -- Sharon Oxendine, "a Lumbee Indian residing in Weaverville [N.C.]," The Moon Lodge: Women of the Sacred Hut, published in new life journal, a freely distributed newspaper, October 2007, Buncombe County, N.C.



"Sylva storyteller receives honorary doctorate during Aug. 1 commencement - Western Carolina University bestows an honorary doctorate upon Sylva writer and storyteller Gary N. Carden as the university holds summer commencement exercises Friday, Aug. 1, 2008, at the Ramsey Regional Activity Center. Some 430 graduating students are honored during the ceremony beginning at 7 p.m. Commencement open to everyone and no tickets are required for admission. WCU Chancellor John W. Bardo presides over the ceremony and delivers the charge to the degree candidates, and faculty member Will Peebles delivers the primary address."

In response to the publisher's prior congratulatory e-mail, long-time ACR contributor and supporter Carden wrote: "Thank you, dear. I've had my overalls dry-cleaned and starched."



"... Washington County has been selected for a Benchmark III certification from the Governor's Three-Star program, which is administered through the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. The honor ranks the county as one of the best in the state for outstanding economic and community development. Alan Bridwell, Director of Marketing and Technical Services for the JCEDB [Johnson City Economic Development Board] said, 'This rankingi shows that we have reached the top threshold as far as programs, educational systems, and much more, go. The Benchmark III puts us at the top for any state incentives for recruiting business,' Bridwell added. "It involves a very extensive program of qualifications. It measures our readiness for economic growth.'... The rigorous assessment ranks counties on ten areas which are critical to business and industry growth which include: Economic Development Organization; Industrial Recruitment and Retention; Sites and Building; Infrastructure and Planning; Commercial, Reteail Tourism and Entrepreneurship; Community Support and Leadership; Quality of Life; Education; and Workforce."
-- Lynn J. Richardson, H&T Publisher for Herald & Tribune, August 19, 2008, Jonesborough TN



downloadable ACR logo, flying eagle crest downloadable ACR logo, flying eagle crest "They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles."
-- Isaiah 40:31

"When I put a green, that doesn't signify grass; when I put a blue, that doesn't mean sky.... All my colours sing together, like a chord in music."
-- Henri-Emile-Benoit Matisse (1869-1964)

"This collective crisis is, of course, also reflected in individuals. A plague of dehumanization and despiritualization has descended upon us, with its symptomatic anxiety, depression, aggression, addictions, compulsive materialism and sociopathy. Humanity has truly gone insane, even to the point of committing planetcide, which is functional suicide. We are losing Eden. Egoic materialistic culture with its political and economic philosophies, its governments, corporations, institutional bureaucracies and false psychologies and religions is the metaphorical serpent."
-- "Deepening Stillness" by Bill Walz in Rapid River Magazine, April 2007

"Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted."
"I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant."
"Ten thousand fools proclaim themselves into obscurity, while one wise man forgets himself into immortality."
"The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood."
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
"Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."
"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
"And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, 'Free at last, free at last. Thank God Almighty, we are free at last.'"
(I Have A Dream speech delivered for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom
from the Lincoln Memorial to over 200,000 civil rights supporters gathered on the lawn
around the reflecting pool on August 28, 1963)
-- Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. 1/15/29–4/4/68
federal commemoration and holiday on January 15th of each year since 1983
by overwhelming U.S. Congressional vote
over the objection and veto-threat of then-President Ronald Reagan

"In a time of great global change, humanity is still relying on the old myth of survival and domination. We need a new myth, a new vision, a new definition of power and leadership. We must go away from the old model and toward one of creative cooperation on our small and threatened planet. The world needs women to imagine, define, and lead us toward a sane and sustainable culture. A culture of soul. A culture that values life more than war. People more than profits. And hope more than despair."
-- Johnetta Cole, author, educator and former president of both Spelman College and Bennett College for Women, quoted from Time For Our Power

'a shocking time,' 8x8 mixed media collage by Vera A. Jones

Graphic above: "a shocking time," mixed media collage, by Vera A. Jones, Jonesborough TN

"And would it have been worth it, after all,
After the cups, the marmalade, the tea,
Among the porcelain, among some talk of you and me,
Would it have been worth while,
To have bitten off the matter with a smile,
To have squeezed the universe into a ball
To roll it toward some overwhelming question,
To say: 'I am Lazarus, come from the dead
Come back to tell you all, I shall tell you all'--
If one, settling a pillow by her head,
Should say: 'That is not what I meant at all.
That is not it, at all.'" -- The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock by T. S. Eliot



"Are you better off than you were four weeks ago?"
-- Barack Obama, speech 10/09/08


"Why I love A Country Rag. Because it allows me the limited and enjoyable opportunity to embrace a pleasure that is not dependent on the "hip- in-with it" world of a super fast paced, ersatz urban atmosphere. Because I enjoy the writing of a classic gentleman such as Gary Carden who, like my mentor and late friend, George Garrett, the acknowledged 'Dean of Southern Writing' is more appreciated by readers who have imbibed that love of beautiful language with their infant air.
"When I decided to devote extended time to writing, following a 30 year career in education I knew I would write with a 'southern voice' although I lived in the south only until I was seventeen. I returned to South Carolina for six months, soaking in memories and feelings from which my writing emerges. One cannot obscure the importance of one's formative years -- unless one has no memory.
"So hip, hip, hurrah, and Long Be ACR."
-- (an unsolicited and gratefully welcomed surprise e-mail commentary from) G. Y. Fortune, Ed. D.
Every generation has to fight for freedom all over again!
"


The memorably beautiful, meditative and inspiring ETSU/CASS (East Tennessee State University's Center for Appalachian Studies and Services) DVD, "Appalachia: A Visual Concert," is now available through the ETSU store and the CASS office. ACR's publisher has been fortunate enough to preview it through an ETSU Adult Continued Learning presentation, and I very highly recommend it for every reason, including psychological and spiritual health.



downloadable ACR logo, flying eagle crest downloadable ACR logo, flying eagle crest "All night long/ One night, I could not sleep/ For ringing in my ear/ A melody began to sing/ Oh, at first/ The words I could not make out clear/ The smog fields lifted away/ And this is what I heard them say/ It said without love/ (Without love)/ There's nothing you can do/ Yes, it did/ It said without love/ (Without love)/ You're not even you/ All night long/ He spoke to me/ The words of wisdom rang/ Beneath his sweet, soft melody/ It said, don't you know/ (Don't you know)/ That a rich man can be poor/ If wealth is all he has, hey/ Without love/ (Without love)/ There's nothing you can do....."
-- Without Love by "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin

"She's an ugly girl, does it make you want to kill her?/ She's an ugly girl, do you want to kick in her face?/ She's an ugly girl, she doesn't pose a threat/ She's an ugly girl, does that make you feel safe?/ Ugly girl, ugly girl, do you hate her cause she's pieces of you?/ She's a pretty girl, does she make you think nasty thoughts?/ She's a pretty girl, do you want to tie her down?/ She's a pretty girl, do you call her a bitch?/ She's a pretty girl, did she sleep with your whole town?/ Pretty girl, pretty girl, do you hate her cause she's pieces of you?/ You say he's a faggot, does it make you want to hurt him?/ You say he's a faggot, do you want to kick in his brain?/ You say he's a faggot, does he make you sick to your stomach?/ You say he's a faggot, are you afraid youre just the same?/ Faggot, faggot, do you hate him cause he's pieces of you?/ You say he's a jew, does it mean that he's tight?/ You say he's a jew, do you want to hurt his kids tonight?/ You say he's a jew, he'll never wear that funny hat again/ You say he's a jew as though being born were a sin/ Oh jew, oh jew, do you hate him cause he's pieces of you?/ Do you hate him cause he's pieces of you?"
-- Pieces Of You by Jewel Kilcher

"['Eyes on the Prize':] A Holiness hymn also known as 'Gospel Plow,' 'Paul and Silas,' 'Keep Your Hand on the Plow,' and 'Hold On.' Although it was composed well before World War I, the contemporary version done here was written by civil rights activist Alice Wine in 1956. Wine graduated from one of the first voter education schools on John's Island, South Carolina, a project that helped initiate the Southern civil rights movement.
"'Eyes on the Prize' proved specially meaningful for the freedom riders and the sit-in students, who faced long spells of being 'bound in jail,' up to and including Mississippi's notoriously brutal Parchman Prison farm.
"The Biblical basis for the original lyric, 'keep your hand on the plow,' is Luke 9:62 in which Jesus says, 'No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God,' and 1 Corinthians 9:10 where St. Paul writes, 'For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he that ploweth should plow in hope; and that he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope.' 'Eyes on the prize' derives from Paul, who twice describes the struggle for salvation as the fight for a prize--in the movement, the prize was freedom from the Jim Crow system of white supremacy.
"Like 'O Mary Don't You Weep,' 'Eyes on the Prize' uses many 'floating verse,' that are found in other gospel songs and spirituals. Thus, the song ranges across the Bible, Old Testament and New. The unique part of the song's lyric is reference to Paul and Silas, who were imprisoned in Phillipi in 49 A.D. for casting a demon out of an enslaved fortune teller, thus robbing her owner. (Acts 16:11-40) As much as any song except perhaps the spiritual 'O Freedom,' 'Eyes on the Prize' seems in many ways custom built for the civil rights movement. "Recordings of 'Eyes on the Prize' are not numerous but some are extraordinary, particularly the version Mahalia Jackson performed, as 'Keep Your Hand on the Plow,' with the Duke Ellington Orchestra at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1958. Bob Dylan sings it as 'Gospel Plow' on his 1962 debut album but without any movement lyrics. Robert Moses can be heard as song leader at a mass movement on the album Sing for Freedom: Civil Rights Movement Songs. Pete Seeger recorded it live with the SNCC Freedom Singers at his 1963 Carnegie Hall concert, released as We Shall Overcome: The Complete Carnegie Hall Concert, and also included on the Link in the Chain anthology."
-- Dave Marsh's liner notes about Bruce Springsteen lyrics for Eyes On The Prize on his album We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions

"Paul and Silas bound in jail/ Had no money for to go their bail/ Keep your eyes on the prize, hold on/ Paul and Silas thought they was lost/ Dungeon shook and the chains come off/ Keep your eyes on the prize, hold on/ Freedom's name is mighty sweet/ And soon we're gonna meet/ Keep your eyes on the prize, hold on/ I got my hand on the gospel plow/ Won't take nothing for my journey now/ Keep your eyes on the prize, hold on/ Hold on, hold on/ Keep your eyes on the prize, hold on/ Soozie!/ Only chain that a man can stand/ Is that chain o' hand on hand/ Keep your eyes on the prize, hold on/ I'm gonna board that big greyhound/ Carry the love from town to town/ Keep your eyes on the prize, hold on/ Hold on, hold on/ Keep your eyes on the prize, hold on/ Hey!/ Hey!/ Now only thing I did was wrong/ Stayin' in the wilderness too long/ Keep your eyes on the prize, hold on/ The only thing we did was right/ Was the day we started to fight/ Keep your eyes on the prize, hold on/ Hold on, hold on/ Keep your eyes on the prize, hold on/ ... Ain't been to heaven but I been told/ Streets up there are paved with gold"
-- Keep Your Eyes On The Prize, as performed by Pete Seeger, lyrics by civil rights activist Alice Wine

"When the troubles of this world try to take you down./ When life gets so confusing and your standing on shaky ground./ When the waters try to take you and the fire is burnin' hot,/ He will not forsake you, you gotta give it all you got./ [CHORUS] Keep your eye on the prize/ And your shoulder to the wheel./ Don't let the worries of this life make you believe they're real./ Just keep pressin' toward the mark and hold your head up high,/ 'Cause Jesus goes before you, so keep your eye on the prize./ [CHORUS]/ I've seen all kinds of misery, and some I'll not forget./ Some things I didn't do and some that I regret./ But not one time has He left me or let my spirit down,/ He always keeps me close to Him so I stand on solid ground."
-- Keep Your Eye On The Prize, song lyrics from the album Not Forsaken by Andrea Esquivel

"I've been a rock and I've got my fences/ I never let them down/ When it comes to love I keep my senses/ I don't get kicked around/ I shivered once you broke into my soul/ The damage is done now/ I'm outta control/ How did you get to me/ No one else on earth/ Could ever hurt me/ Break my heart the way you do/ No one else on earth/ Was ever worth it/ No one could love me like/ No one could love me like you/ You can make me want you/ Any time you want to/ You're burning me alive/ I can't deny you/ Even when I catch you/ Weaving a weak alibi/ Cause when the night falls/ You make me forget/ Your love is killing me/ And it ain't over yet/ How did you get to me/ No one else on earth/ Could ever hurt me/ Break my heart the way you do/ No one else on earth/ Was ever worth it/ No one could love me like/ No one could love me like you..../ No one else on earth/ Was ever worth it/ No one could love me like/ No one like you/ No one like you"
-- No One Else On Earth by Sam Lorber/Stewart Harris/Jill Colucci, performed by Wynonna Judd

"All through the night/ I'll be standing over you/ All through the night/ I'll be watching over you/ And through the bad dreams/ I'll be right there, baby/ Holding your hand,/ telling you everything's gonna be all right/ And when you cry/ I'll be right there/ Telling you you were never anything less than beautiful/ So don't you worry,/ I'm your Angel standing by"
-- Angel Standing By by Jewel

the oval office,' 8x8 mixed media installation by Vera A. Jones the oval office,



Graphic: "the oval office," closeup of mixed media installation by Vera A. Tracy, Jonesborough TN


In A Nutshell: Explaining the communication gap between techies and the rest of the world generally

"You don't know what primary and secondary keys are? No, I'm not talking about music and I don't mean minor. Where have you been anyway? I'll explain it to you. You don't want to know? But it's really neat stuff!! Stop winding your head around that way. It's unbecoming and distracting from what's really important here. Hating what you don't understand isn't nice either. Why don't we try again? Is that your head I see exploding into particle bits? Maybe we should talk about physics instead." -- jh


"... He said, "Son, I've made my life out of readin' people's faces,/ And knowin' what their cards were by the way they held their eyes./ so if you don't mind my sayin', I can see you're out of aces./ For a taste of your whiskey I'll give you some advice..../ You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em,/ Know when to walk away and know when to run./ You never count your money when you're sittin' at the table./ There'll be time enough for countin' when the dealin's done./ Ev'ry gambler knows that the secret to survivin'/ Is knowin' what to throw away and knowing what to keep./ 'Cause ev'ry hand's a winner and ev'ry hand's a loser,/ And the best that you can hope for is to die in your sleep...."
-- Kenny Rogers, The Gambler


“Vocatus atque non vocatus, Deus ad erit.” Latin
“Bidden or unbidden, God is present.” English
“Invitado o no invitado, Dios está presénté.” Spanish
"Chiamati o inopportune, Dio e presente." Italian
“Appelés ou injustifiées, Dieu est present." French
"Genannt oder unangebracht, Gott ist." German



Graphic on left: "self portrait on telford wall," 8x8 mixed media by Vera A. Tracy, Jonesborough TN

"All through here is what, for lack of a better word, is a power vortex. There is a great deal of medicine here because this was the home of our forefathers. When I go out to my circle in the back to pray every morning, I give thanks for every footfall upon this land, every prayer that was ever prayed, every song that was ever sung, every beat of the drum that has ever been heard here, every ceremony that has ever been done here, and every bone that lies beneath the breast of the Mother. Because it all happened here, and there is great wisdom here." -- Cherokee elder Grandmother Red Leaf, "Finding Your Past" in new life journal, December/January 2008, Asheville, NC


HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!
"Follow your own footsteps/ Learn from the rivers,/ The trees and the rocks./ Honor the Christ,/ the Buddlha,/ your brothers and sisters./ Honor the Earth Mother and the Great Spirit./ Honor yourself and all of creation./ Look with the eyes of your soul and engage the essential." -- Inca Q'ero shamans (quoted in Phenomenon by Sylvia Browne, 2005)

"All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt." -- Lucy Van Pelt, Peanuts
"If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day." -- Winnie the Pooh
"Love - a wildly misunderstood although highly desirable malfunction." -- Author Unknown
"Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies." -- Aristotle
"Who would give a law to lovers? Love is unto itself a higher law." -- Boethius
"When love is not madness, it is not love." -- Pedro Calderon de la Barca
"Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love." --Albert Einstein
"I don't understand why Cupid was chosen to represent Valentine's Day. When I think about romance, the last thing on my mind is a short, chubby toddler coming at me with a weapon." -- Author Unknown
"Love is a symbol of eternity. It wipes out all sense of time, destroying all memory of a beginning and all fear of an end." -- Author Unknown
"Trip over love, you can get up. Fall in love and you fall forever." -- Author Unknown
"Anyone can catch your eye, but it takes someone special to catch your heart." -- Author Unknown
"You have to walk carefully in the beginning of love; the running across fields into your lover's arms can only come later when you're sure they won't laugh if you trip." -- Jonathan Carroll
"We are all a little weird and life's a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love." -- Author Unknown
"Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs." -- William Shakespeare
"kisses are a better fate than wisdom." -- e.e. cummings
"Grow old with me! The best is yet to be." -- Robert Browning
"Without love, what are we worth? Eighty-nine cents! Eighty-nine cents worth of chemicals walking around lonely." -- M*A*S*H, Hawkeye
"Love is the magician that pulls man out of his own hat." -- Ben Hecht
"I've fallen in love many times... always with you." -- Author Unknown
"Love is much nicer to be in than an automobile accident, a tight girdle, a higher tax bracket or a holding pattern over Philadelphia." -- Judith Viorst
"Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place." -- Zora Neale Hurston
"Love is a game that two can play and both win." -- Eva Gabor
"Without love, the rich and poor live in the same house." -- Author Unknown
"We don't believe in rheumatism and true love until after the first attack." -- Marie Ebner Von Eschenbach
"Love, and a cough, cannot be hid." -- George Herbert
"Love unlocks doors and opens windows that weren't even there before." --Mignon McLaughlin
"Poetry spills from the cracks of a broken heart, but flows from one which is loved." -- Christopher Paul Rubero
"A man is not where he lives, but where he loves." -- Latin Proverb
"At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet." -- Plato
"True love stories never have endings." -- Richard Bach
"Nobody has ever measured, even poets, how much a heart can hold." --Zelda Fitzgerald
"Ah me! love can not be cured by herbs." -- Ovid
"Love is the silent saying and saying of a single name." -- Mignon McLaughlin
"Love puts the fun in together, the sad in apart, and the joy in a heart." -- Author Unknown
"Anyone can be passionate, but it takes real lovers to be silly." -- Rose Franken
"Love is the poetry of the senses." -- Honoré de Balzac
"Come live in my heart and pay no rent." -- Samuel Lover
"Love is being stupid together." -- Paul Valery
"Falling in love is so hard on the knees. -- Aerosmith
"Love is metaphysical gravity." -- R. Buckminster Fuller
"Who, being loved, is poor." -- Oscar Wilde



Publisher's note: In first developing this site, I was very much attuned to and enthralled by sensory awareness and appreciation of life and the environment around me, which I meant to share through poetry, short stories and graphic design in all its awesome, sometimes fragile, and changing natural beauty. I think the best example of that is "Vesna," Polish for spring, my favorite season for its profer of hope and renewal. Having lived in southern Florida where the only variations of season are subtle and tend toward torrential and flooding rains, I enjoy the messages of sun to earth mid-country and wrote an ode to each as they appeared to use as an introduction quarterly to OSCR in attempts to convey those wonders in response to garbs of the planet as she turns and revolves around her mainstay as it moves also through its galaxy in a mostly unknown universe we call home. Perhaps there are other universes too, unavailable to our scientific explorations and perception normally. God is great and there's no knowing really all that Divinity creates. My home was and is an oasis for me, and sometimes others, from the vagaries and vanities of confining social definition and structure to encounter God and the universe without preconceptions or false forms, formalities in its raw majesty from serene to terrifying, apparent stasis to life-threatening storm, abundant growth to the quietly deadening lull of winter as wildlife generally leaves or hibernates, starves or survives on provisions stored. To borrow from Steinbeck, this is the winter of our discontent, but spring will as ever arrive with all its minute initiation of promise and glory. All we have to do is stay alive for the days when we can again truly thrive. Each real person, like a diamond, has many facets. That's what makes him or her interestingly and intricately complex, as well as valuable, strong and hard yet delicate, at least to a hammer. I've always been joyously grateful for the diversity of talent and personality represented in ACR/OSCR. In a manner analagous to artists proficient in one medium who cross over to others in search of learning, exploration and expression, we will as a nation and world morph and expand into something even greater than we've known before. Le monde sans la fin. -- jh

Public libraries are one of our national treasures, the repositories of our history from original antique documents to current bestsellers. They also offer in most communities reading and storytelling programs for children and adults and public book fair and baking sales to raise funds. They are frequently staffed in full or in part by volunteers, particularly women who have also been this nation's primary grade level, at least, teachers. There is also now a truly incredible on-line library of historical documents worldwide focused at the World Digital Library, in addition to the myriad others accessible on the internet including the Library of Congress.
Possible humorous signs for posting on library doors

<"Those behaving without courtesy and consideration for others, including library personnel, will be shot without warning."
"Take care not to irritate or disturb sharpshooters relaxing atop the library roof."
"Help stamp out ignorance. Shut up and read a good book."
"Don't worry about the surveillance camera. Just be careful to stay out of our sights."
"Those who mess with a moon goddess when she's ailing will have their butts kicked till they're trailing."
"For Volunteer State Outlanders: This is how we are and want to be. If you don't like it, please leave Tennessee. We will pull a back door wide open for thee. Any reentry requires that you and your family memorize all of the lyrics and tune to 'Rocky Top,' please. If you don't know what that is, READ A BOOK."
"Squawkers will be squished."
"Children welcome. Everyone else on permanent probation."
"Don't overdue it. The repeatedly overdone will be run out of here."
"Scowlers, yellers, and fortune tellers not allowed on premises."
"Leave the dirt outside."
"Treating a woman as anything less than a lady and/or without courtesy is grounds for immediate public hanging."
"Bad apples will be thrown out and barred forever from the barrel."
"Read and right."
"Smile. This may be your day to be missed."
"Those damaging library property will receive the appropriate karmic equivalent, but sooner than is usually evident. If you don't know the meaning of 'karmic,' READ A BOOK."
"Any malady of a moon goddess is curable with chocolate in liquid or solid form."
"Those giving a moon goddess a hard time will do hard time for it."
"Any patron behaving without civility and kindness will be relieved of their precious you-know-what (library card)."

Moon goddess and two trumpeters announcing her presence at full force
Graphic above: Moon goddess and two trumpeters announcing her presence

In sympathy for the moon, perhaps at full force she exudes her anger at having been caught and trapped from an exciting and adventurous free-fall through the universe into earth's gravitational field, her consequent lack of freedom and the killing of her surface and atmosphere. (Astronomical note: The moon actually travels in a straight line, which is now curved by the strength of earth's pull.)

Incoming!!

One of many comically apocryphal and true stories about dolphins in captivity is about a pod that were rewarded for bringing garbage from their watery enclosure to trainers in exchange for treats as a way of helping workers to keep the watery environment clean. One dolphin in particular kept coming up with detritus when there was none to be seen, but receiving his reward anyway as the bargain went. Finally, curious keepers investigated the subterranean seaworld in close scrutiny and discovered that he had stashed a pile of refuse in a hidden place. From that he would tear off small pieces of trash to keep his hoard built up and deliver a partial specimen to his trainers at the appropriate times. Such forethought and ingenuity bespeaks a species of very high intelligence, most scientists agree, and reflects the biological fact that dolphin brains are similar in size and convolution to ours, although theirs develop after birth much more quickly.









Chief Dragon, click for explication Winged Dragon, click for explication

mud, bits and pieces, shards
(Click on dragons for explication of symbolism)

"Don't meddle in the affairs of dragons for you are crunchy and taste good with catsup."




"...If we are awake, we know that everything around us is a mysterious vibrating pattern of energy, the stuff of light.... and that includes us.... Below the surface of the things of the world, there are no basic building blocks of nature; there is only an interconnecting web of energy relationships.... Eastern thought proclaims that the universe on which we gaze is essentially one invisible whole, consisting of one life or spiritual force -- because that is what it can be experienced to be.... all [major religions] assert that human beings, while being intimately connected to this subtle energy, called prana or ch'i (or ki) are usually cut off from its higher levels. Various disciplines of these Eastern religions -- meditation and martial arts, for instance -- are designed to awaken this relationship, and spectacular results have been documented. Certain Eastern Yogis have displayed unbelievable feats of strength, control over their bodies, and the ability to withstand extreme heat or cold.... This energy is often perceived as colored light emanating from each human being, and the distinctive shape or tone of this light reflects the inner nature of the individual's inner being and character...."
-- The Celestine Vision (1998) by James Redfield




Harriman, Tennessee -- A toxic coal ash dam broke and spilled over 500 billion gallons of sludge over 400 acres.
The first blog post from Appalachian Voices' Front Porch Blog, a partner organization of iLoveMountains.org reads:

"A six-foot wall of coal fly ash mud broke loose from an earthen dam early Monday morning near Harriman, TN, washing out a road, isolating a dozen homes and posing a possible threat to drinking water downstream from Watts Bar dam on the Tennessee River. No injuries were reported, TVA officials said.
"The spill involved 2.6 million cubic yards of dry material, or an estimated 525 million gallons of wet coal fly ash sludge. The material flowed from facilities at the 1.7 gigawatt Kingston Steam Plant into the Emery River, then into the lake at Watt's Bar dam on the Tennessee River. The earthen dam that broke was one of three being maintained by the TVA as part of the Kingston facility. The other two dams are intact at present.
"As of Tuesday, TVA and municipal water authorities had not closed down drinking water intakes on the river. Tom Kilgore, president and CEO of the Tennessee Valley Authority, told the Nashville Tennessean newspaper that heavy metal contamination was a concern, but the situation was 'probably safe.'
"The spill is the largest on record, and compares to a 300 million gallon coal slurry sludge spill on Oct. 11, 2000 at Inez, Martin County, Kentucky.
"Here is a good link for a round up of stories: Knoxville News TVA Disaster."
-- I Love Mountains Organization



Young Limestone TN daddy and his sons from this country's Crantzdorf (German) and Native American (Cherokee) lineage
Graphic above: Holiday photo of young Limestone TN daddy and his sons from this country's Crantzdorf (German) and Native American (Cherokee) lineage



Every child on earth is holy;
Every crib is a manger lowly;
Every home is a stable dim;
Every kind word is a hymn;
Every star is God's own gem;
And every town is Bethlehem.
For Christ is born -- and born again,
When His Love lives in the hearts of men!
-- Rev. Roland Hautz, St. Bernard Catholic Church, Gate City



A Country Song

The Million Star Hotel
She was like a country song,
her verses filled with longing,
her refrain with recrimination and despair;
ah, but I still hear
her music in the night.

-- Wilson Roberts
The Million Star Hotel

The scent of lilacs and locusts

In life's natural poetry, the latest owners of my previous home in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley (a region now planning its resident and tourist 2011-2015 sesquicentennial celebration of glory days as "the bread basket of the Confederacy" and site of General "Stonewall" Jackson's legendary military campaigns throughout its mountains, fields and streams prior to surrender by General and last Commander-in-Chief Robert E. Lee to the Union finally at Appomattox) have cut down to the ground and killed a heritage lilac bush that grew by the front door. In season it was so full, and fragrant in spring, that it had to be walked around to reach the deck and get inside. But a baby wisteria I planted over twelve years past at a hilltop running down to the river has developed since in wild delight and without structural support to drape a good-sized spot of ground in hanging shades and shapes of violets and greens. So in a way the color purple, arguably God's favorite, has simply metamorphosized resiliently and more splendidly in a different and maybe more congenial place. -- jh
"We have lost the understanding that in a democracy, we have a mutual obligation to one another — that we cannot measure the greatness of our society by the strongest and richest of us, but we have to measure our greatness by the least of these. That we have to compromise and sacrifice for one another in order to get things done. That is why I am here, because Barack Obama is the only person in this who understands that. That before we can work on the problems, we have to fix our souls. Our souls are broken in this nation." -- Michelle Obama and Pearls For Girls



"... I was born and raised in the great depression. We lived in my grandmother's out-of-business grocery store with five other families who were all part of our big family. My family lived in the basement. I slept in the coal bin. We had one toilet, a shower, a sink and a wood burning stove for cooking whatever food we could scrounge, steal or grow. Grandma and grandpa lived in the kitchen behind the store. Uncle Julius's family of 5 lived in the store. Uncle Howard's family, Aunt Barb's family and Uncle Steve's families lived upstairs. A total of 21 people overall lived in this old closed down store building. All the cooking was done in our basement. We stole coal from the trains across the tracks, sold Hungarian noodles, that the women made, for five cents a bag and grew most of our food in the garden, made our own wine and stored food in a root cellar and canned stuff for the winter. Nobody had any money. Life was great fun!
"I worked myself through college by scrubbing floors, repairing cars, painting houses, delivering newspapers and any other odd jobs I could get. I didn't live in the dormitories -- I couldn't afford to. I lived in the basement of an old school near the University and served as the night watchman. After five years I graduated and went to work as an engineer, got married, raised 3 kids and got divorced. I was broke most of the time.
"Over the years, I worked hard and saved until I had a comfortable amount of money, invested it and lost all of it. I did this four times in my life. Each time, I went back to work, saved and then lost the money. Each time I was very scared and got sick on top of it. But, I kept working at whatever I could and each time I came back.
"... Nothing can defeat you if you remember who you really are, but it is difficult to be strong if you have to carry the burden of negativity.
"So get rid of your negativity and be strong. You can conquer anything. There is no burden that can defeat you. The stock market will come back, the economy will improve and we will end up electing the right president for the job. Step back from your fears and problems and look at what is happening now with an elegant detachment, like you were watching a game or a movie. Choose to be happy, choose to be fearless, choose to be strong. It is up to you!"
-- Charles Wm. Skillas, Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapist, PhD, DD, BCH, CI, FNGH, Oracle 20/20 Healing Arts November 2008



downloadable ACR logo, flying eagle crest downloadable ACR logo, flying eagle crest "It's coming through a hole in the air,/ from those nights in Tiananmen Square./ It's coming from the feel/ that this ain't exactly real,/ or it's real, but it ain't exactly there./ From the wars against disorder,/ from the sirens night and day,/ from the fires of the homeless,/ from the ashes of the gay:/ Democracy is coming to the U.S.A./ It's coming through a crack in the wall;/ on a visionary flood of alcohol;/ from the staggering account/ of the Sermon on the Mount/ which I don't pretend to understand at all. It's coming from the silence/ on the dock of the bay,/ from the brave, the bold, the battered/ heart of Chevrolet:/ Democracy is coming to the U.S.A./
It's coming from the sorrow in the street,/ the holy places where the races meet;/ from the homicidal bitchin'/ that goes down in every kitchen/ to determine who will serve and who will eat./ From the wells of disappointment / where the women kneel to pray/ for the grace of God in the desert here/ and the desert far away:/ Democracy is coming to the U.S.A./ Sail on, sail on/ O mighty Ship of State!/ To the Shores of Need/ Past the Reefs of Greed/ Through the Squalls of Hate/ Sail on, sail on, sail on, sail on./ It's coming to America first,/ the cradle of the best and of the worst./ It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst./ It's here the family's broken/ and it's here the lonely say/ that the heart has got to open/ in a fundamental way:/ Democracy is coming to the U.S.A./ It's coming from the women and the men./ O baby, we'll be making love again./ We'll be going down so deep/ the river's going to weep,/ and the mountain's going to shout Amen!/ It's coming like the tidal flood/ beneath the lunar sway,/ imperial, mysterious,/ in amorous array:/ Democracy is coming to the U.S.A./ Sail on, sail on .../ I'm sentimental, if you know what I mean/ I love the country but I can't stand the scene./ And I'm neither left or right/ I'm just staying home tonight,/ getting lost in that hopeless little screen./ But I'm stubborn as those garbage bags/ that Time cannot decay,/ I'm junk but I'm still holding up/ this little wild bouquet:/ Democracy is coming to the U.S.A."
-- Leonard Cohen, Democracy



"We've been recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven; we have grown in numbers, in wealth and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious Hand which preserved us. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too proud to pray to the God that made us. It has seemed to me fit and proper that God should be reverently and gratefully acknowledged by all American people. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens, in every part of the United States, to set apart the last Thursday of November as a day of Thanksgiving and praise to our loving Father who dwelleth in the heavens."
-- Abraham Lincoln, 1863



Treat the Earth well.
It was not given to you by your Ancestors.
It was loaned to you by your Children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors.
We borrow it from our Children.

-- ancient Native American proverb



"As a grain of dust is the earth, and a breath of air the atmosphere, so you are in me and I am in you."
-- James Dillet Freeman, Unity poet laureate, Hymn for a Sunrise Service

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“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”
-- John Wesley, quoted by President Paul E. Stanton, who rescinded in response to requests and pleas his recent resignation of age and exhaustion to guide Johnson City's East Tennessee State University through today's troubled waters, during his commencement speech to over 1200 ETSU graduating students, 12/14/08

Libra's Song: ACR's chairperson/publisher's birth sign and her on a typical morning pretty much any day in her lifetime -- "uuuhnunuuuhn." cough ... sniffle ... every vowel in any language, singly and in many combinations. "it came around again." honk ... snort ... "hlep. hple. help."

"You better listen, my brother/ 'Cause if you do you can hear/ There are voices still callin' across the years/ They're crying across the ocean/ And they're crying across the land/ And they will till we all come to understand
"None of us are free/ None of us are free/ None of us are free if one of us is chained/ None of us are free
"When there are people in the darkness/ And they just can't see the light/ If we don't say it's wrong, then they say it's right/ Hey, we've got to feel for each other/ Let our brothers know we're here/ Got to get the message/ Send it loud and clear
"That none of us are free/ None of us are free/ None of us are free if one of us is chained/ None of us are free/ It's the single truth/ We all need to see/ None of are free if one of us is chained
"Well, I swear to you salvation/ Isn't hard to find/ None of us can find it on our own/ We've got to join together/ Spirit, heart, and mind/ So every soul who's suffering knows/ They're not alone
"None of us are free/ None of us are free...."

-- None Of Us Are Free by Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil/Brenda Russell, performed by Sam Moore and Sting on the CD "Overnight Sensational"

"When the last child cries for a crust of bread/ When the last man dies for just words that he said/ When there's shelter over the poorest head/ We shall be free.
"When the last thing we notice is the color of skin/ And the first thing we look for is beauty within/ When the skies and the ocreans are clear again/ Then we shall be free...."

-- We Shall Be Free by Garth Brooks and Stephanie Davis, performed by Sam Moore and Sting on the CD "Overnight Sensational"



"The Conservation Fund and the federal government on Monday put the final touches on the purchase of Rocky Fork, bringing happiness to many people who have worked on the project for the past few years. In a process that began Friday and continued Monday, The Fund, a nonprofit organization, gained ownership of 7,387 acres, while the U.S. Forest Service bought 2,237 acres. Using a $6 million state grant, donations and internal money, The Fund is paying $31.6 million for its share of the property, said Rex Boner, a vice president for the organization. He said the Forest Service is kicking in the other $8.4 million to buy the land from New Forestry. 'This a great day for America, Upper East Tennessee and Western North Carolina,' Boner said. 'It’s a conservation and economic outcome that will be good for the community.' ... The purchase of Rocky Fork has generated some opposition in the community because the land eventually would be removed from the tax rolls when it went into state and federal hands. To mollify those concerns, the Fund is working with the Forest Service and local officials to turn over some other federal land in Unicoi County for private development. ... Rocky Fork is a nearly 10,000-acre tract that straddles Unicoi and Greene counties and has attracted outdoors enthusiasts for years for activities such as hiking and fishing. The Unicoi County portion of the property lies in Flag Pond. 'Believe it or not, the people will, I think, be looking at Unicoi County as a place to live as a result of this particular transaction and the fact that we’re going to have this particular area that will be available for generations to come to use for hiking, biking, sports. It’s sort of a good thing to have in your backyard, I think,' Lynch said. Eventually, The Conservation Fund hopes to receive additional money from the state and federal governments so it can be reimbursed. The game plan has been for the state to kick in $18 million, the federal government to give $16 million and private donors to provide $6 million toward the $40 million purchase. ... 'Rocky Fork is a Southern Appalachian gem and truly is an asset to local communities and national forest visitors,' Tom Speaks, forest supervisor of the Cherokee National Forest, said in a statement. 'Generations of people have been using this land, and we’re proud to be a part of the effort to make sure that future generations will have that same opportunity.' The longterm plan is to turn over all 9,624 acres to the state and federal governments. While The Fund owns nearly 7,400 acres, Boner said his agency likely would have an agreement with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency for those agencies to oversee the property until all of the property is allocated to the governments. ... For his part, Boner was complimentary of the bipartisan and multistate effort from U.S. congressmen and senators in North Carolina and Tennessee to bring the Rocky Fork project to this point. He and Erwin resident David Ramsey praised the efforts of the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. 'But it also would not have happened if not for the tremendous passion and commitment of many people in our own community and area who kept the effort alive time after time following each purchase attempt over the past 12 or so years,' Ramsey said in an e-mail. ... 'Hopefully, that will eventually come down and there will be some infrastructure there that will allow local (more) people and out-of-state visitors to enter the area,' Lynch said. He hopes Rocky Fork will be a draw for people who not only are interested in hiking, hunting and fishing but also want to enjoy other things such as the birds and the scenery. ..."
-- reporter Jim Wozniak for the Johnson City Press, 12/16/08



"Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me! I want people to know why I look this way. I've traveled a long way and some of the roads weren't paved." -- anonymous

"The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated." -- Mark Twain

"Poets can survive anything but a misprint." -- anonymous

"To the chief music-maker. A Psalm. Of David.
The heavens are sounding the glory of God; the arch of the sky makes clear the work of his hands. Day after day it sends out its word, and night after night it gives knowledge. There are no words or language; their voice makes no sound. Their line has gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them has he put a tent for the sun, Who is like a newly married man coming from his bride-tent, and is glad like a strong runner starting on his way. His going out is from the end of the heaven, and his circle to the ends of it; there is nothing which is not open to his heat. The law of the Lord is good, giving new life to the soul: the witness of the Lord is certain, giving wisdom to the foolish. The orders of the Lord are right, making glad the heart: the rule of the Lord is holy, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the Lord is clean, and has no end; the decisions of the Lord are true and full of righteousness. More to be desired are they than gold, even than much shining gold; sweeter than the dropping honey. By them is your servant made conscious of danger, and in keeping them there is great reward. Who has full knowledge of his errors? make me clean from secret evil. Keep your servant back from sins of pride; let them not have rule over me: then will I be upright and free from great sin. Let the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart be pleasing in your eyes, O Lord, my strength and my salvation." -- Psalm 19, Bible in Basic English

"A Gentile does not die, for he has never lived in order that he may die. He who has believed in the truth has found life, and this one is in danger of dying, for he is alive. Since Christ came, the world has been created, the cities adorned, the dead carried out. When we were Hebrews, we were orphans and had only our mother, but when we became Christians, we had both father and mother." -- The Gospel of Philip

"Every man is a Jew though he may not know it." -- Bernard Malamud

"In this era of wholistic thinking we recognize that the mind can no longer be isolated in function from the body, that emotions influence our thinking and that the body's ills can often be traced back to our neurotic tendencies. Yet we still take our ill bodies to medical practitioners, our psychological problems to psychiatrists and psychologists and our spiritual unrests to the church. We fragment our views of ourselves and employ therapeutic approaches that address only one part of the system without reference to the whole. We know, of course, that we are whole persons, and yet we tend to act as if we were at one time a body, another a mind or an emotion. Sometimes we think of ourselves as our roles -- mother, brother, lawyer, teacher. Sometimes we identify with any one or a number of psychological or physical labels that momentarily describe a part of us. Is a whole person in fact, simply a collection of thousands of characteristics? You might ask, 'If I were living from the whole of me, what would I be like?' Through my work with people I have come to understand a whole person as one who has vitality, awareness and development in body, mind, emotions and soul, and in whom these seemingly separate factors integrate and cooperate in a harmonic progression toward soul realization or destiny.

"If we are to realize ourselves as whole, individual beings, it seems necessary to follow and reclaim all parts of ourselves. In psychological terms this means we need to recognize and integrate the truths that arise from the body, the mind, the emotions and the soul as we individuate. It means a new kind of self-work and a new kind of psychotherapy. It means viewing a person from a wellness model rather than from the traditional disease or neurosis models. It means being able to work at both personality and soul levels. How would such work proceed? Where would it lead? What methods are needed to carry it forward? In this chapter we wil consider these questions and investigate how psycho-spiritual work can facilitate wholeness.

"At the core of all wisdom teachings throughout history, spiritual or philosophical, East and West, is the counsel: 'Know thyself.' After the student has penetrated any true system, belief or teaching, he is directed to the 'kingdom within' his own soul, where the truth and meaning of his existence is ultimately held.

"Individuation is the learning process of recovering the soul and liberating the body and consciousness to follow its destiny. Jung taught that individuation was the final, and most important, unfoldment in life. He thought this phase of development could most appropriately be accomplished in the second half of life, when there was enough maturity, life experience and the presence of death to urge it forward. Arnold Mindell has found that dying people are often willing to break through many of the limitations that have run their lives to become their true selves in the days or hours before death. I believe individuation can occur before those last hours, and even before midlife, in our time. I have known many aspirants who, still in the first half of their lives, are well on their way. I believe there are many old souls in incarnation at this time, and that the pressures of our planetary problems help to awaken them to their true purposes. Further, we now have more effective psycho-physical technologies for liberating the body and consciousness than in the past.

"The process of individuation can unfold through many different avenues. Some come to themselves through pursuing the activity and work that really have meaning for them. Creative people, no matter what the medium, often discover their souls within the heart of their creative process. Others find the self through committed spiritual practice. Still others arrive at it through a continuous learning and growing process that can happen within any field. And some come to it through their own introspection over time. Personal therapy is one of the avenues that can be helpful, especially when it empowers the person and teaches her how to follow all of herself."

-- Soul Return: Integrating Body, Psyche & Spirit by Aminah Raheem, PhD, 1987, 1991









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"Don't meddle in the affairs of dragons for you are crunchy and taste good with catsup."




"Difficult times bring out the best in the best artists. When the economy falters, there can be a remarkable growth of seriousness in art."
-- David Ross, former director of NY's The Whitney Museum and now of "Albion New York, a SoHo affiliate of the London gallery"

"In my experience, artists do what they do, market or no market. During the 80s boom, terrific work was being made by artists who barely got the time of day, and some of them were artists we simply started to look at in the 90s as the dust settled from the crash. That will happen again."
-- Christopher Knight, art critic for the L.A. Times

"You sometimes need five to seven years to learn your craft, to pull it together, and you live off the crumbs of a vigorous market. When the market closes down, the crumbs disappear and a lot of artists are pretty much destroyed or really seriously hampered."
-- painter Alex Katz


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"We need all hands on deck." -- President Barack Hussein Obama II

For the American people who have been heroes over and over again and are now as we work to reestablish our beautiful nation and its lively, dynamic democratic republic of the United States of America and to help others around the world do similarly in their also historically valuable and resourceful nation-states:
"There's a hero if you look inside your heart./ You don't have to be afraid of what you are./ There's an answer if you reach into your soul/ and the sorrow that you know will melt away./ And then a hero comes along/ with the strength to carry on/ and you cast your fears aside/ and you know you can survive./ So, when you feel like hope is gone/ look inside you and be strong/ and you'll finally see the truth/ that a hero lies in you./ It's a long road when you face the world alone./ No one reaches out a hand for you to hold./ You can find love if you search within yourself/ and the emptiness you felt will disappear./ And then a hero comes along/ with the strength to carry on/ and you cast your fears aside/ and you know you can survive./ So, when you feel like hope is gone/ look inside you and be strong/ and you'll finally see the truth/ that a hero lies in you./ Lord knows dreams are hard to follow,/ But don't let anyone tear them away./ Hold on, there will be tommorow./ In time you'll find the way./ And then a hero comes along/ with the strength to carry on/ and you cast your fears aside/ and you know you can survive./ So, when you feel like hope is gone/ look inside you and be strong/ and you'll finally see the truth/ that a hero lies in you./ That a hero lies in you,/ that a hero lies in you."
-- songwriter Chad Kroeger and single hit for Mariah Carey Free Speech On-line

"I think you better/ I think you better try to find another woman/ try, try to find one who'll love you/ and live with you the best you can/ Don't start none of that grievin',/ this time she's leavin'/ she's packing up her suitcase/ try to find another woman/ When she first met you/ you were her everything/ you meant so much to her/ she just had to be your loving bride/ But in five years you've changed/ now you never do nothin'/ all you ever do is sit around the tv set,/ feed your fat face with slop and make the woman's life a complete misery/ From the early hours of the morning/ till the late hours at night/ you keep raggin' on her baby/ till of course she does nothin' right/ Oh can't stop it no more/ she's got fed up with everything about you/ so take a friend's advice/ go on with your life/ and try to find another woman/ I think you better/ I think you better try to find another woman/ try, try to find one who love you/ and live with you the best you can"
-- composed by B. Hatfield and B. Medley and a single hit for The Righteous Brothers

"... Let it rain down on me/ Let the rain touch my hands/ Let the rain set me free/ Let it rain down on me/ Silence is the steel that pierces and cuts me to the bone/ In dreams the hand that touches you is mine and mine alone/ Cruel is the light is the morning shining down on me/ Hours with the Devil to understand just what you need/ So I wake in the street and I call out your name/ Shout to the sky come on/ Come on let it rain...."
-- Melissa Etheridge, The Late September Dogs

"I've read articles and heard comments by students blaming Republicans or Democrats for the situation in America. I believe WE are to blame. We as a nation have become so complacent, and so "secure." We have allowed men/women who have become separated from the common man to make decisions for us. These political figures have disregarded the law of the land, the Constitution. This document is a blueprint, and set of rules by which to govern a sovereign country. The Constitution gives every American citizen certain inalienable rights. For those of you who are confused about inalienable: it is defined as unchallengeable, absolute, undeniable, indisputable... etc. I think of inalienable as: only death can take it away. (or the Shenandoah Valley ... but not forever, and I do know what forever is for those involved too. MY game. Not theirs. See previous notes on "power," its levels and definitions.) To my amazement they are being taken away. Many of us do not understand liberty and its true value. Liberty is fragile. Tyranny is slow and deceiving. It worms its way in, and slowly dissolves liberties away. Liberty is not an illusion, but security is. We have tended to give up liberty for the illusion of security. There is no security in life; it can end at any moment. Liberty gives us all life, the right to protect our life, have religion, speak, vote, etc. Liberty then bestows on us the most amazing one of all: the right to live you life how you see fit, regardless of anyone or anything else. I believe in life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. If you feel the same, obtain a copy of the Constitution and read it. Learn about checks and balances. Fight for the Constitution; it's been fighting for you for 221 years. Never forget: 'We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution of the United States of America.'"
-- Natalie Perry in Viewpoint, East Tennesseean, 4/6/09

"Like a bird on the wire,/ like a drunk in a midnight choir/ I have tried in my way to be free./ Like a worm on a hook,/ like a knight from some old fashioned book/ I have saved all my ribbons for thee./ If I, if I have been unkind,/ I hope that you can just let it go by./ If I, if I have been untrue/ I hope you know it was never to you...."
-- Bird on a Wire by Leonard Cohen

"I feel that in our society many people put too much emphasis on material possessions ... in return many often choose to ignore or disregard the spiritual, or in some cases have become numb to it.... I grew up in a household where every living thing is as important as any other.... The house is a symbol of our bodies, the physical house for our soul."
-- ETSU art student and exhibitor Luthien Baker who grew up in a solar-powered home with a wood stove for heating, an outhouse and home-grown foods, Vision 3/26/09

"Each day I live/ I want to be a day to give the best of me/ I'm only one, but not alone/ My finest day is yet unknown/ I broke my heart for every gain/ To taste the sweet, I faced the pain/ I rise and fall,/ Yet through it all this much remains/ I want one moment in time/ When I'm more than I thought I could be/ When all of my dreams/ Are a heart beat away/ And the answers are all up to me/ Give me one moment in time/ When I'm racing with destiny/ Then in that one moment of time/ I will feel, I will feel eternity/ I've lived to be the very best/ I want it all, no time for less/ I've laid the plans/ Now lay the chance here in my hands/ Give me one moment in time/ When I'm more than I thought I could be/ When all of my dreams/ Are a heart beat away/ And the answers are all up to me/ Give me one moment in time/ When I'm racing with destiny/ Then in that one moment of time/ I will feel, I will feel eternity/ You're a winner for a lifetime/ If you seize that one moment in time/ Make it shine/ Give me one moment in time/ When I'm more than I thought I could be/ When all of my dreams/ Are a heart beat away/ And the answers are all up to me/ Give me one moment in time/ When I'm racing with destiny/ Then in that one moment of time/ I will be, I will be, I will be free/ I will be, I will be free."
-- composed by John Bettis and Albert Hammond and a single hit for Whitney Houston

"Bad is the attitude/ I see every time I see you/ Always so cold, so unconcerned/ Lots of lessons you've got left to learn/ Whatever made you feel/ Like there's no need for love/ You think you're on top/ Livin' large/ From the mountain top/ It's a long way down/ The harder they are/ The harder they fall/ You ain't as tough as you think you are/ The harder they are/ The bigger they fall/ Why do you have to act so tough/ Mad 'cause your life's a mess/ You treat everything with no respect/ Look at your pants/ They're saggin' down/ You better pull them up/ If you want to get a job/ Whatever made you feel/ like there's no need for love/ You think you're on top/ Livin' large/ From the mountain top/ It's a long way down/ The harder they are/ The bigger they fall/ You ain't as tough as you think you are/ The harder they are/ The bigger they fall/ Why do you have to act so tough"
-- The Harder They Are The Bigger They Fall by James Harris III and Terry Lewis for the CD Africa to America

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!
la fraternité d'égalité de liberté! fraternità di uguaglianza di libertà! Freiheitsgleichheitsbrüderschaft! fraternidad de igualdad de libertad! братство равенства свободы! 自由平等兄弟の間柄! Vrijheidsgelijkheidsbroederlijkheid! fraternidade de igualdade de liberdade! 自由同等互助會! frihetslikestillingsbroderskap! 自由平等互助会! saoirse ionannas bráithreachas! αδελφότητα ισότητας ελευθερίας! حرية حالة تساو أخويّة! 자유 평등! liberty equality fraternity!

".... We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.... And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor." -- Declaration of Independence



HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!
I'm very proud to be my father's daughter. May the force, honor and glory be with all those who similarly truly cherish their children and their country, and visa versa.



"... The 65th Anniversary of D-Day (June 6, 1944) will be observed in a special ceremony at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia.... A one-of-a-kind Nighttime Illumination of the Memorial display honoring the some 4400 servicemen killed in action at D-Day will take place.... Luminaries will be placed around the grounds and features of the Memorial fully illuminating the 9-acre facility." -- Overlord Echoes from the Blue Ridge Digest, Spring 2009

Happy Memorial Day to all the veterans and active duty personnel who have served and do serve our country wisely and well.

"Not all who serve perish fulfilling their duty. They return to us as veterans and deserve our thanks and a commitment to serve them." -- Republican Representative Dr. Phil Roe, 1st District Tennessee, who also introduced a House Resolution, passed unanimously, urging all Americans to visit "the hollowed ground" of our national cemeteries, memorials and markers on May 31st in paying their respects to our fallen heroes, from The Johnson City News & Neighbor, 3/30/09


HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!

Click for 'touching life' "...Let them then solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means whereby the great human family can live in peace, each bearing after their own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar, but of God...." -- Julia Ward Howe, Proclamation, Boston 1870


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