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On Walls of Alhambra

Walls of Alhambra Palace

are covered with intricate elaborate arabesque vines

the way I like to get lost

even to enter from the exit to look for an entrance

Noriko Ibaragi

アランブラ宮の壁の

アランブラ宮の壁の

いりくんだつるくさのように

わたしは迷うことが好きだ

出口から入って入り口をさがすことも

茨木のり子(6/12/1926 – 2/17/2006)

If she were alive she would be 95 now … It’s not easy to translate poems as there’s always a little of a betrayal in finding the language that’s fitting. There are virutally no perfect fit, it’s always an approximate.

February 17th was the 16th anniversary since this Japanese poet passed onto the next world. I am always reminded as February 17th is also my mother’s official birthday … which we “celebrated” over an international phone call and Skype. It’s just not the same as when one sees another in person to transfer and share one’s Life Force, Prana, Chi, Ki, Qui, Energy … much needed at times like this. Yet we also do not want to infect another with a virus to cause a demise – it’s a delicate situation as ever that we learn to navigate.

We are all lost sometimes trying to find our way and get frustrated and irritated but why? Like late Ibaragi Noriko uttered … getting lost in finding our path is not only okay but preferred. Just try all sorts of paths to find a way and yes, sometimes starting from the exit to look for an entrance can give us an epithany so often missing in our daily programmed maze to always start to finish without complexity nor confusion.

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Huge Loss

… he left so much as he touched so many … Honoring the work of late doctor Paul Farmer, MD/PhD. His family and students and team/peers must be so devestated. This is the kind of time when I hear my mother’s words “the good die young” probably as she referred to one of her best friends who she used to refer as an angel and a saint, late Keiko Yoshida… a beautiful soul so kind.

https://www.pih.org/

Rather than to focus on just making money and obsess about profits for profits sake, or direct huge wealth to the task of rocketing into space while neglecting the earth – in contrast, here’s someone grounded and committed to taking care of his fellow human beings. To have been gifted with someone so compassionate and intelligent, among our human race, is something one can truly be proud of. Another premature death, a great loss …but praying that he’s left many seeds for a better world. He really made a difference.

Adding to the reading list:

  • To Repair the World: Paul Farmer Speaks to the Next Generation. Ed. Jonathan Weigel. Berkeley: University of California
  • Reimagining Global Health. Paul Farmer, Jim Yong Kim, Arthur Kleinman and Matthew Basilico. Berkeley: University of California Press
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Gut wrenching – Save Kiev from falling in the hands of … evil

An evil man, short and ambitious and … with what looks to be a version of Napoleon complex, harming innocent people and world peace to satisfy one’s ego.

Waking up to news that Russia has attacked Ukrania and ultimately heading to conquor Kiev, a beautiful city I dreamed on visiting some day – what ? OMG? Very very scary. (Apathy and ignorance among us are just as scary though!) People, sacrifices are made to preserve our way of life – which is, an international code of conduct to preserve Peace. It’s almost embarrassing to talk about how we have to brace for higher prices at the pumps (Ones with remote options – aren’t more people doing less commuting and outings these days though? ) and other sacrifices – small sacrifices in scheme of things. This understanding for peace and harmony was just trampled upon. In peaceful world order, one does not just take over the neighboring state/country just because one ruler convinently reasons in his favor, based on desires for more land, more power, more influence, restoration of past glory counter to people’s wishes … such greed to fulfill one’s ambition for a glorious “empire” at the expense of respect for one’s soveirgn country – in trampling on other people’s rights to live with Democracy cannot be condoned, enabled or ignored. That’s what I think and I get to express this opinion because we live where Democratic ideals are protected. We can speak our mind without fear of persecution thanks to living in the free world…

What do you think?

There’s contempt by this power monger, who laughed at “our”(??? I did not vote for him! Just stick to being mean on “The Apprentice”recent past President in disdain. To govern, a leader needs a different skill-set; governing by dividing is not governing but chaos builder to empower one’s ego) choice of our last President who was not shy to criticize the very own system that brought him advantages of personal wealth and status, and instead emulated this Dark Vader – even today- while so blinded by glitters of money and dim witted not realizing that he is being looked down upon, with mockery, along with those Americans who elected him and those who put him in power – The Dark Vader found it an opportune time as he figured we cannot fight back due to our own divisive politics. Is he right?

Thank God and God have Mercy on us, we now have a Good and Decent statesman we respect and who is not worried about his own re-election but all in to protect us, the people and our freedom to live in a often frought but still way way better system of Democracy. We get to express opinions and criticize but still live without getting jailed or killed. Now how’s that for a way of life – Whatever the shortcomings, I’d say mush superior and preferable than where the Dark Vader rules.

Dark Vader is full of contempt for the Amecians today – assuming we are weak, apathetic, complainers and haters who don’t have the perseverence to stick to any measures to contain his global ambitions. He is scoffing that the sanctions will not work as he is betting that we lack the will to come together in united front. That we will begin the in-fighting that he’s counting on to make successful the current unprovoked aggresstion. Overwhelmed and mired in domestic problems amidst the Pandemic, he thinks the West & the Allies cannot hold it together and that we are too divisive and factionalized internally to oppose this modern day Dark Vader, from building his empire. I pray he is wrong. I pray he has miscalculated and a bit off-hinge as the big ego got the better of him.

Where are the allied forces against Dark Vader, the darkest force of today? It’s not Covid, that’s the biggest threat to our way of life; it’s this Dark Vader guy threatening the West & its Allies like Taiwan, S. Korea and Japan … if he’s appeased, history will repeat itself. We have to put our collective foot down and say no, go back to your own country, your own castle and stay there. You have enough. Ukrania does not belong to Russia – the country belongs to its people. We want to live in peace and harmony and cooperate to solve environmental problems to leave this earth a beautiful home for our children and our grandchilden. Stop the aggression.

May Peace & Harmony, Good & Light Prevail …

over Evil, Fear & Darkness

What can a common citizen of the free world do for Ukrania ?