Distilled from a lifetime of disseminating

non violence in a violent world,

this is the list that Mohandas Gandhi gave

his grandson, Arun, on their final day together

shortly before his assassination.

The Seven Blunders of the World

* Wealth without work
* Pleasure without conscience
* Knowledge without character
* Commerce without morality
* Science without humanity
* Worship without sacrifice
* Politics without principle

Arun Gandhi later added an eighth blunder,

“Rights without responsibilities”.

If one could prevent these acts of

passive violence, Gandhi believed,

perhaps greater acts of violence

could be averted…

Neil Gaiman

September 19, 2008

“Everybody has a secret world inside of them. All of the people of the world, I mean everybody. No matter how dull and boring they are on the outside, inside them they’ve all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds. Not just one world. Hundreds of them. Thousands maybe.”
-Neil Gaiman, “The Sandman”

English born author, Neil Gaiman, has delighted millions with fantasy tales of imaginative genius. Through short stories, poems, novels, graphic novels,
comics, and film he breathes life into fantastic universes that reveal welcomed insights about ourselves and the nature of humankind.

A friendship with Tori Amos led to a character in “Stardust” (and her referencing him in songs “Tear in Your Hand”, “Spacedog”, “Horses” and “Carbon”). Tori muses here…

The Hugo and Nebula award winning novella
“Coraline” comes out in 2009 in film…

From the book “Fragile Things” the poem, “Instructions”….

“The little folk dare anything”, said his friend. “And they talk a lot of nonsense. But they talks an awful lot of sense, as well. You listen to ’em at your peril, and you ignore ’em at your peril, too.”

What do Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, JFK, Martin Luther King, Elvis, The Beatles, The Byrds, Altamont, Hell’s Angels,
Janis, Kent State, Waylon Jennings and, of course, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper have in common?

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Ashes and Snow

September 14, 2008

In 2006 I was enthralled by the Nomadic Museum, a temporary structure at the Santa Monica pier, where artist Gregory Colbert created Ashes and Snow as an installation
of photographs, films (narrated in 3 languages by Laurence Fishburne, Ken Watanabe, and Enrique Rocha), and two short film haikus.
Breathtaking and breathgiving, Ashes and Snow astonishes and captivates you as you explore the spiritual poetry between wild animals and humans.
Over 10 million visitors in Venice, New York, Tokyo, Santa Monica, and Mexico City have been transported to this realm of infinite sensitivity and beauty.

“He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven”

Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half light,

I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
–W.B. Yeats

Strangers in the Night

September 14, 2008

“To be is to do.”-Socrates
“To do is to be.”-Sartre
“Do be do be do.”-Sinatra
Strangers In The Night – Frank Sinatra