Casablanca: I’m shocked! Shocked!


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Flashback! 1942 Hollywood, Casablanca the movie the Germans angered over having been overridden by the French populace of Casablanca is singing the French National Anthem as opposed to the Germans singing their own anthem have ordered the Prefect of Police to close down Rick’s (Bogey’s) Americian Café. The Prefect played to the hilt by that great British actor Claude Rains tells Rick he is closing him down because “I’m shocked! Shocked! There’s gambling going on in your café! Shocked!” Just before the croupier hands him his nightly winnings.

Flash forward to 2014 Nevada Clark County and listen to that wondrous darling touted loudly, lovingly and long by Faux News and the deep right wing of politics including the erstwhile up and coming presidential hopeful Rand Paul. Amid cries of Patriot, Hero and wronged American icon comes the man himself to spill his guts not on the many wrongs visited…

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The Porch


You are wonderful and so are your images. Hugs, Barbara

The Return of the Modern Philosopher

three chairs Sometimes,

I just need

To sit

Out on

The porch

With my legs

Up on

The railing,

And allow

The sunshine

To work

Its magic.

Sure,

I might look

A bit odd

Out here

Right now

In my robe

And slippers,

But I do

Feel comfortable!

Being cooped up

In the house

All day

With the flu

Is not

My idea

Of fun.

The porch,

However,

Is a part

Of the house

That I truly

Associate

With happiness.

How may times,

Has this porch

Played host

To the

Most romantic

Moments

Of my life?

This porch

Always set

The perfect mood.

I’d wait

Out here

For love

To arrive.

She’d run

Up here

To greet me

With a hug

And kisses.

We’d sit

Out here

Holding hands,

Drinking wine,

Stealing glances,

Unwinding together

After another

Long day.

She might be

Far away,

But her love

Still lingers

Out on

The…

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On my Open Road


Hello to my WordPress family and friends. I wanted to let you know that I am going to visit my best friend of thirty seven years. We will be in Asheville and I am sure I will have some stories. I am going to have my ipad with me and I will try to keep in touch. I am looking forward to sunshine and warmth. It has been a long winter here in the North. Blessings to all of you my friends. Take care and keep the peace flowing from your hearts.  Hugs, Barbara

 

Downtown Houston . Photograph taken and copyrighted  by Barbara Mattio 2000

Downtown Houston . Photograph taken and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2000

If the Dragonfly can do it…Why can’t I?


Soul Healing Art

Dragonfly Dragonfly

A Dragonfly, if one were to really look at it- with critical eye-,
does not look as if it were made to fly

With a body, some would say is much too long and
With wings of a transparency that makes rice paper look strong

the Dragonfly simply nods as if takes off
Showing me that flight relies mainly on belief

and if the Dragonfly can do it, then why can’t I?


I am a huge fan of animal totems. Ask my family members, our house is filled with them. I have been known to almost drive off the road as I try to catch a glimpse of birds or other creatures, I am sure are bringing me some message or meaning.

Dragonflies have been making an appearance in my life right now in big ways. Although there was the awkward moment in the grocery store, when my…

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River of the Sun


Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

River of Sun banner in Corel
River of the Sun:
 The Silent Eye workshop for Spring 2015
Dates:  Weekend of 24-26 April, 2015.  Location:  The lovely Nightingale Centre, Great Hucklow, Derbyshire Dales.
 
Egypt 1290 BCE
It is three generations since Egypt was torn apart by the rule of the enigmatic Pharaoh Akhenaten, who eviscerated the might of the ancient priesthood and moved the centre of political and religious power 250 miles North from Thebes to the new city of Armana on the Nile banks.
The rulers of the 19th Dynasty are determined to reverse the damage done by the heretic Pharaoh.  Seti I begins to restore Egypt’s military might to face a changed world.  This ruthless outward focus is a vivid contrast to Akhenaten’s peaceful but materially damaging reign.
Akhenaten is long dead, but what of his mystic religion?  Is nothing left of his radical teaching, his doomed attempt to replace the ancient religions of the once-noble priesthood…

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River of the Sun


Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

River of Sun banner in Corel
River of the Sun:
 The Silent Eye workshop for Spring 2015
Dates:  Weekend of 24-26 April, 2015.  Location:  The lovely Nightingale Centre, Great Hucklow, Derbyshire Dales.
 
Egypt 1290 BCE
It is three generations since Egypt was torn apart by the rule of the enigmatic Pharaoh Akhenaten, who eviscerated the might of the ancient priesthood and moved the centre of political and religious power 250 miles North from Thebes to the new city of Armana on the Nile banks.
The rulers of the 19th Dynasty are determined to reverse the damage done by the heretic Pharaoh.  Seti I begins to restore Egypt’s military might to face a changed world.  This ruthless outward focus is a vivid contrast to Akhenaten’s peaceful but materially damaging reign.
Akhenaten is long dead, but what of his mystic religion?  Is nothing left of his radical teaching, his doomed attempt to replace the ancient religions of the once-noble priesthood…

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