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Monday, December 31, 2012

The Power of One

Rose Meditative (Meditative Rose) Salvador Dali, 1958

“Don't waste your life in doubts and fears: spend yourself on the work before you, well assured that the right performance of this hour's duties will be the best preparation for the hours and ages that follow it.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~

Tomorrow is the first day of the New Year and it’s time to meditate on the word “one.”

It is a powerful word that conjures up meanings beyond the obvious numeric significance.

Type the word “one” into Merriam-Webster’s On-line Unabridged Dictionary and you get multiple categories - an adjective; pronoun; noun and even transitive verb.

“One” is sometimes embraced as the deity in whom we invest our faith and beliefs, or something much broader-“constituting a unified entity made up of or formed from or produced by two or more components or sources.” Curious indeed, that such a simple word can mean so much, and in some cases more than “one.”

Placed as the first day of January, “one” heralds fresh starts and brings the promise of renewal and hope in our collective futures.

The video below of the Emmy Award-winning song, “One Moment in Time” written by Albert Hammond and John Bettis, and recorded by American singer Whitney Houston for the 1988 Summer Olympics and the 1988 Summer Paralympics held in Seoul, South Korea speaks volumes about the power of “one.”

It’s time now to ponder the meaning of “one.”

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Who will light the candles?

Angel of Hope, Sturbridge, Massachusetts - photo by Paula Slade


Who will light the candles

when the children have all gone?

All those brilliant, promising

pinpoints of light winking out

enfolded, enveloped and shrouded

by the velvet black blindness of night.

The once great clock

will still tick and chime,

marking these times

of infinite passage through cosmos

crowded with vaporous voices



but falling

only on shadows of ears.


Who will light the candles

when the children have all gone? 
It's time now, for meaningful legislation to prevent more senseless  tragedies.
Remembering the innocents and educators at
Sandy Hook Elementary - Newtown, Connecticut
Friday, December 14, 2012