Freedom Rights Social Contract Democracy

Two philosophical parts to the governing body of the American democratic republic:

 A. Protect individual freedoms and individuals’ right to pursue their own interests.
Small governing body whose primary function is to handle national security.

B. Protect rights of everyone equally.
Governing body ensures equality of freedoms and provide for national security.

Part A is taken by conservatives; Part B is adopted by liberals. Both parts are necessary.

The constant tugging from each side is good and wholesome.  Like the game “tug of war,” when balanced, keeps ideology in the middle.  Each side gives a bit and gains a bit. That is compromise.

If one philosophical side takes control it becomes totalitarianism.  Here’s to keeping the balance, respectfully.

Yellowstone 2009

Yellowstone 2009

 

 

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Blind Bird Watching

How do you watch birds when you have no sight? I had seen a documentary about blind bird watchers:  A group of blind people were guided through woods. They were able to decipher a variety of bird calls and, from the sound of it, sensed they were in the midst of thousands of birds.

The next day, I tried it.  I walked to my favorite wooded path. Looking around me, I saw the flutter of a passing bird every now and then, and heard a tweet or two. Then, I closed my eyes and stood quietly.  That’s when the magic began.

Misty Woods

“Misty Woods” Acrylic on canvas, 4′ x 5′

Blind bird-watching is a wonder. I suggest you try it.

 

Love

“Love is all you need.” – John Lennon
“Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.” ~Albert Einstein
“Who, being loved, is poor?” ~Oscar Wilde
“Love must be as much a light, as it is a flame.” ~Henry David Thoreau
“Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies” – Aristotle
Love one another….

My broken heart

“My Bleeding Heart”
2009, Acrylic on canvas, 24″ x 24″

Motion for Life

Wax and wane, ebb and flow, love and hate, peace and war, destruction and creation; all motion makers. Look everywhere. You will see it. The push and pull of opposites supports life.  When movement ceases, so does life.

This continued motion is what I wish for this new year.   Thanks to all for your inspiring creativity and interesting ideas. It keeps me running!

Splash Portrait Detail

Splash Portrait Detail