Another Sunday Afternoon, Same Garden


Well, it is another beautiful Sunday afternoon in August. Despite the weather the garden has been pretty but not nearly as lush as usual. But a flower is a gift from God and therefore I am grateful for each bloom. So I am going to share my meager blooms with you. I hope that this winter coming is much less severe than the last one. And we have an early and warm spring!  Namaste.

 

 

 

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Petunias. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

Petunias. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

 

Zinnias. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

Zinnias. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 201

 

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 201

 

Hardy Mums.  Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

Hardy Mums. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

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The Rio Rose. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

The Rio Rose. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

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                                                                                                    Hardy gladiolas. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

 

Hardy Hibiscus. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

Hardy Hibiscus. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

 

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Phlox. Photographed and copyrighted by Barbara Mattio 2014

Seeing the Humanity in the Inner Child by Jameelah X. Medina


Jameelah Medina

Article 6

1. States Parties recognize that every child has the inherent right to life.
2. States Parties shall ensure to the maximum extent possible the survival and development of the child.

Article 37
States Parties shall ensure that:

(a) No child shall be subjected to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Neither capital punishment nor life imprisonment without possibility of release shall be imposed for offences committed by persons below eighteen years of age;

(b) No child shall be deprived of his or her liberty unlawfully or arbitrarily. The arrest, detention or imprisonment of a child shall be in conformity with the law and shall be used only as a measure of last resort and for the shortest appropriate period of time;

(c) Every child deprived of liberty shall be treated with humanity and respect for the inherent dignity of the human person, and in…

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Croatia: No Referendum But Vukovar Gets A Chance To Regulate Against Serbian Cyrillic


Croatia, the War, and the Future

Remembering Vukovar Croatia

Croatia’s Constitutional Court on Tuesday 12 August finally ruled on the Committee for the Defence of Croatian Vukovar initiative seeking referendum aiming at removing Serbian Cyrillic script signs from public office building – the Committee had gathered more than 650,000 signatures in their effort to seek a referendum and presented those signatures to the Croatian parliament back in December. They proposed to amend the country’s Law on National Minority Rights so bilingual rights in local government and public offices only applied in areas where the minority makes up at least 50% (and not 30% as is current). The Constitutional Court ruled that there will be no referendum on the matter and that the proposed referendum question was unconstitutional as the proposed change would undermine minority rights. In the same ruling, however, the Constitutional court said that no ban existed in principle on raising the necessary percentage of a minority in…

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“A Green Stream”… By Wang Wei, One of my favorite poems


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I thought I would share one of my favorite poems. I rarely share a poem I didn’t write. I however was inspired to share this one as each time I read it, it has a new and deeper meaning I am quite amazed at the simple complexity expressed in this short poem. The Tang Shi is part of one of my favorite sacred texts, “The Book of Changes” I study as I expand my consciousness and my spiritual awareness. There are many lessons we can learn from the metaphors expressed in ancient writings.. We as humanity may have far more technology that our ancestors did even a hundred years ago yet the wheel has been around for about 5000 years. The truth is we have all but forgotten some of the treasures shared with us by our ancestors spiritually and our common desire for tranquility. “Oh to remain on…

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