The Wonders of the Weekend

View of falls at Letchworth State Park, NY. Photograph taken and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

View of falls at Letchworth State Park, NY. Photograph taken and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

This weekend, in the U.S. at least, Americans are celebrating  our country, our veterans and our families and communities.  Here at my house, the windows are open and the air is fresh. The fragrance of the flowers fills the air and the house. Birds sing and wind chimes sing and raise your spirits. The beach has waves breaking against them. Rib fests are going on. Picnics are the favorite way to eat dinner. Grills come out of storage and succulent food begins to cook on the grills and in ovens. Music plays. Children dive into pools. Music fills the air and the birds sing a long with the notes floating on the breeze.
















“All life is your own,

All fruits of the earth

Are fruits of your womb,

Your union, your dance.

Lady and Lord,

We thank you for the blessings and abundance

Join with us, Feast with us, Enjoy with us!”

Blessed be.      ——Starhawk



“Bless Adoni

who spins day into dusk

With wisdom watch

the dawn gates open, with understanding let

time and seasons

come and go,

with awe perceive

the stars in lawful orbit

Morning dawns,

evening darkens,

darkness and light yielding

one to the other,

yet each distinguished

and unique.


Marvel at Life!

Strive to know its ways!

Seek Wisdom and Truth,

the gateways

to Life’s mysteries!


Wondrous indeed

is the evening twilight. ”    —-Rabbi Rami M. Shapiro


“May all things move and be moved in me

and know and be known in me

May all creation

dance for joy within me.”   —Chinook Psalter



I love the soft sound of running brooks and rivers

I love the soft sound of running brooks and rivers




          Bestor Park Chautauqua Institute, oldest gated community in America  Photograph taken and copyrighted by 

   Barbara Mattio 2014

Croatia: Communist System Murdered Innocent People Not Josip Boljkovac, Court Says

So much unnecessary killing. In a certain sense, we are all responsible. We must be willing to fight governments who disrespect the lives of their citizens. Hugs, Barbara

Croatia, the War, and the Future

Josip Boljkovac Photo: Ronald Gorsic/Cropix Josip Boljkovac
Photo: Ronald Gorsic/Cropix

The 94 year old, Josip Boljkovac, was acquitted by the Zagreb County Court on Thursday 22 May of war crimes against civilians in the aftermath of WWII.

The 94-year old Boljkovac was accused that in the early May of 1945, as head of the Karlovac branch of the then Department of National Security (OZNA), which was the Tito-led Partisans’ security service, he had ordered the arrest and execution of 21 civilians from Duga Resa.

Judge Tomislav Jurisa handed down the Judgment, acquitting Boljkovac of the war crime while, in the same breath saying that “there is no doubt that the crime was committed but that there was no written order for the execution of the crime … not a single document leads to Boljkovac … it was simply a matter of crime committed by the system …which crimes have compromised the historically-affirmative antifascist battle…

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a tired heart

Carpe Diem

she’s been so tired,
for everything,
for all the worries,
for all the pain,
she asked herself,
what is the reason I keep living?

until she feels a warm touch,
from outside,
a hand,
a warm hand,

then she realized,
the answer to her question,
she’s been living for that hand,
the hand which let her keep fighting,
through all the pains,

she closed her eyes,
and she beats,
she pumps,
until she opens her eyes,
and see that she’s shining,
the light radiates her surroundings,

she was a heart,
a heart whose still living,
in spite of all the grief,
she’s been suffering,
she keeps fighting,
until the day came that she shines,
she sparks endlessly,
and all the grief, pain and worries,
had been washed away

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