In Diversity There is Strength

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In this age of racism and strife, I wanted to make a statement that all people are welcome here!

Regardless of your race, or where you are from, or your language, or religion, or if you have no religion,

you are welcome here. Unless you’re a bully! No bullies are allowed on this site. 

Diversity is a strength. We each have something important to contribute to our world.

I so appreciate all my readers!

Thank you so much!

      

Writing, and Image © Copyright 2020, ancient skies

Hearing

We don’t hear much from God anymore, do we? too busy arguing

tweeting angry words

proving

we are right,

and obviously

someone else,

is too blame.

We don’t hear much from God anymore, do we?

    

Note: This is not about a person, it’s about our culture.

Poetry © Copyright 2017, ancient skies

There Are Still Ghosts

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And there are still ghosts in some of our churches

wandering from the graveyard, passing through walls

sliding quietly into the pews, moving over

out of habit, silence surrounding.

       

And while they wonder where we are –

down at the bingo hall, women adjust

their lipstick, and men tuck in their shirts

and everyone listens

as “G9!” is called.

     

And back at the church the motion detector trips,

moved by the wind, a signal

for the ghosts

to return

to their beds

at the graveyard.

      

Poetry and Image © Copyright 2016, ancient skies

Peace and blessings to everyone.

“When we love people, we give them hope.”

Listening

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If all we do is preach to each other

then you will be in one corner

and I in another.

The silence

of alienation.

      

But if we care enough

to listen

to understand

then we will be

drawn to

our own

humanity.

    

Listen, and build a bridge.

      

Poetry and Image © Copyright 2016, ancient skies

Peace and blessings to everyone.

“When we love people, we give them hope.”

Friday Night Culture – SciFi Movies

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So what’s a great way to spend Valentine’s weekend? Watching science fiction movies of course! OK, maybe that’s a bit of a stretch, but I do like this genre of movie a lot (except for the violence), so here are two of my absolute favorites.

Oblivion 2013. This is my most favorite Sci-Fi movie of all, for a number of reasons. I love the concept of emotional memory. The main character (Tom Cruise) has had his memory wiped, but he keeps having flashbacks of the woman he used to love, who he later meets! He also finds out he has been fighting for the wrong side, and joins the humans. By the way, technology in this movie is often seen as anti-human. H’mm. I won’t spoil it, but I also love the very end of the film.

Star Trek 2009. I grew up with a lot of Star Trek movies and shows, and I think this is the best of all of them. This film shows Spock and Kirk growing up and the challenges they each faced. It also shows the beginning of their relationship, which began in the Star Fleet Academy. They didn’t start out as friends at all! There is a lot of action here too.

The Time Traveler’s Wife 2009. I’m taking a chance with this one because I have not seen it yet! But it looks very good. It is absolutely a romance, with some time travel mixed in. I think My Love and I, would really enjoy it! Yes, if you are a couple I highly recommend watching movies the other person likes, or compromising in order to bless them.

Have a great weekend!

        

Commentary © Copyright 2016, ancient skies

image from google

videos from youtube

Peace and blessings to everyone.

“When we love people, we give them hope.”

The Three Drummers

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If you like drums you will love this video! First there is one, then two, then three playing at once, all filmed live! I know it’s not Friday night but let’s rock anyway. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed!

There is Phil Collins, and two other guys, and I wish I knew their names. I’ve never been to a Phil Collins concert before, but if he’s not retired by now, I want to go.

I’m taking the night off from writing, but see you again tomorrow. Hang on, buckle up, because here we go!

Have a great night!

       

Commentary © Copyright 2016, ancient skies

image from drummerworld.com via google

video from youtube

Peace and blessings to everyone.

“When we love people, we give them hope.”

Friday Night Culture – Drums

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Ready to have some fun? Well it is Friday night after all! I decided to take a one night break from my normal writing and stretch out a little.

So here are three different short performances of drums. Sheila E. has to be the best percussionist around today. She is amazing.

Keith Moon is from the rock band the Who, and unfortunately is no longer around, may he rest in peace. He is one of the best drummers in history. If you watch any of the old footage of him, he really seems to be soaring on another plane.

Jen Ledger from the band Skillet is one of the best drummers around. Yes I purposely picked two women, because woman seldom get the credit they deserve when it comes to modern music. The video with Jen is very loud so be careful! Each video is uniquely different but I think the one with Sheila E. is the best. I love these!

More writing on the way tomorrow! Have a great weekend!

Writing © Copyright 2016, ancient skies

image from concertshots.com via google

videos from youtube

Peace and blessings to everyone.

“When we love people, we give them hope.”

Sleeping with Tigers

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Seeing elements in our culture that need to change

yet not doing anything, or saying anything

but turning our heads the other way, pretending

not to see, is like sleeping with tigers.

You never know if you’ll wake up

in one piece.

         

Poetry and Image © Copyright 2016, ancient skies

Peace and blessings to everyone.

“When we love people, we give them hope.”

Our History

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In every history lesson there is always a tale of war. Now we have monuments, and museums to glorify the gore. Sometimes we must fight, but what if our children learned historical culture, instead of the battles? What if traditions, were more important, than who lost and who conquered?

For instance what if every child in America learned the history of the first people? How many tribes of the First Nations can you name? Is it more than 300? 500? I would love to speak Navaho. The largest tribes today are Navaho, Lakota and Cree.

What if every British child learned the details of the cultures in Singapore? And then there are Far Eastern languages. What are the differences between Mandarin and Cantonese?

And we should all learn about Africa. Not just the devastation of slavery, but what kingdoms were there some 500 years ago. It is a rich heritage.

Is the white man evil? No of course not, but devastating cultures, and killing people has always been, and will always be wrong.  Our heart should break, but there is always hope.

If we learn more about each other, we will draw closer. Wouldn’t it be really cool to emphasize the beauty of our traditions within history?

We may even learn to love each other.

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I wish you peace.

       

Writing and Images © Copyright 2016, ancient skies

Peace and blessings to everyone.

“When we love people, we give them hope.”

The Holidays

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We need this holiday season, I’m convinced of it. And it’s ok to have a season of celebration, even though many say, they wish it was shorter! Many of us have said that this season is too commercial, too money driven, and that the original meaning of Christmas is lost. Yes that is true, but is there anything wrong with promoting peace on earth, with a sense of joy and hope? No, of course not.

Maybe we should scale back, spending less on us, and giving more in alms to the poor. Maybe we should serve meals at a homeless shelter. And yes, there is the need for us to rest, and pull back our own sense of busyness. Contemplating our own lives, loving our neighbor, and thinking about the upcoming year are always good!

And the world is multicultural, not everyone celebrates Christmas. Diwali and Chanukah were just recently celebrated, and at the end of the year is Kwanzaa. I love cultures, and you can see that in my writing. I think it’s time we as Christians stop worrying about what we think has been diluted, or taken away, especially with Christmas. We need to accept our brothers and sisters of different faiths, and those who have no faith. Why? Because that is what the Creator does. Let’s follow His example.

When we love people, we give them hope.

Best wishes for a wonderful and peaceful holiday season!

        

Writing and Image © Copyright 2015, ancient skies

Peace and blessings to everyone.

“When we love people, we give them hope.”