the willow tree

"We are only here briefly, and while I'm here, I want to allow myself joy."

taking a water color painting class, doing art on a waterfall, exploring new vegan recipes, playing tennis and resting by the river, finding vegan ice cream in Shadyside, taking a furniture painting class with an awesome artist, discovering new birds at the aviary, to kayaking at North Park, the summer of 2014 has been one of adventure and embarking on new activities. To live in the moment and cherish the experiences is the recipe for a life well lived. With one month left, I hope to continue the adventures and exciting new discoveries!

celebrating a special moment with a former Y camper, exploring Pittsburgh with an amazing cousin, congratulating a friend’s achievement, hiking at sustainable energy camp, exploring art galleries, enjoying Oakland and it’s bubble tea, fighting fears at Ohio Pyle, treasuring beautiful moments at Stone Harbor…

From graduating, going through old memories while packing up our house, my best friend coming home, wineries in Virginia, experiencing the Whiskey life in Charlottesville, hiking up to the top of a mountain…

artistiquesoul:

Still dreaming.

This, with him: what a dream it would be.

artistiquesoul:

Still dreaming.

This, with him: what a dream it would be.

(via iambebegunsz)

socialismartnature:

Below commentary via a Palestinian friend:

Unbearable and dehumanizing. Headline from today’s Washington Post: “2 Israeli soldiers killed in Gaza clash” is BOLD and on the TOP and in LARGE font. The subheading, “Death toll tops 330 as Hamas militants step up attacks” is in regular font and on the bottom.
The 330 Palestinian lives (the overwhelming majority of which are innocent civilians) are not as worthy or important to the American press as 2 Israeli lives. In fact, they do not even deserve to be named (Palestinians). Whereas the Israelis are named and described as having been “killed,” the Palestinians are just “dead”— either they mysteriously stopped breathing, or they are responsible for their own killing, or Hamas is to blame (as is insinuated). And no mention of Israel’s massacres and war crimes.



I am sick and tired of being told that my life is worthless. Sick and tired of being told that Hamas are terrorists whereas the Israeli occupying soldiers are not. Sick and tired of being told that as a Palestinian male, just because of my gender, I am marked as a legitimate target of colonial violence, and that few tears will be shed on my behalf.
The corporate mainstream US media, heavily influenced by the Zionist lobby, will not quote Chris Hedges: “The incursion and bombardment of Gaza is not about destroying Hamas. It is not about stopping rocket fire into Israel. It is not about achieving peace. The Israeli decision to rain death and destruction on Gaza, to use lethal weapons of the modern battle field on a largely defenseless civilian population is the final phase in the decades long campaign to ethnically cleanse Palestinians.”
It will not quote Noam Chomsky: “When Israel, in the occupied territories now, claim that they have to defend themselves, they are defending themselves in the sense that any military occupier has to defend itself against the population that they’re crushing.”
For 66 years, Palestinians have been saying the same thing. Even our voices are inferior, dispensable, and contemptible to the American Zionist elite and establishment. Imperialism is alive and well. Our voices are growing hoarse. We cannot do this alone— we need solidarity. We need Jewish people of conscience and US tax payers to have the courage to say “Not in my name.”



Food for thought: the other side of the story, the one we are not told by our “news”

socialismartnature:

Below commentary via a Palestinian friend:

Unbearable and dehumanizing. Headline from today’s Washington Post: “2 Israeli soldiers killed in Gaza clash” is BOLD and on the TOP and in LARGE font. The subheading, “Death toll tops 330 as Hamas militants step up attacks” is in regular font and on the bottom.

The 330 Palestinian lives (the overwhelming majority of which are innocent civilians) are not as worthy or important to the American press as 2 Israeli lives. In fact, they do not even deserve to be named (Palestinians). Whereas the Israelis are named and described as having been “killed,” the Palestinians are just “dead”— either they mysteriously stopped breathing, or they are responsible for their own killing, or Hamas is to blame (as is insinuated). And no mention of Israel’s massacres and war crimes.

I am sick and tired of being told that my life is worthless. Sick and tired of being told that Hamas are terrorists whereas the Israeli occupying soldiers are not. Sick and tired of being told that as a Palestinian male, just because of my gender, I am marked as a legitimate target of colonial violence, and that few tears will be shed on my behalf.

The corporate mainstream US media, heavily influenced by the Zionist lobby, will not quote
Chris Hedges: “The incursion and bombardment of Gaza is not about destroying Hamas. It is not about stopping rocket fire into Israel. It is not about achieving peace. The Israeli decision to rain death and destruction on Gaza, to use lethal weapons of the modern battle field on a largely defenseless civilian population is the final phase in the decades long campaign to ethnically cleanse Palestinians.”

It will not quote Noam Chomsky: “When Israel, in the occupied territories now, claim that they have to defend themselves, they are defending themselves in the sense that any military occupier has to defend itself against the population that they’re crushing.”

For 66 years, Palestinians have been saying the same thing. Even our voices are inferior, dispensable, and contemptible to the American Zionist elite and establishment. Imperialism is alive and well. Our voices are growing hoarse. We cannot do this alone— we need solidarity. We need Jewish people of conscience and US tax payers to have the courage to say “Not in my name.”

Food for thought: the other side of the story, the one we are not told by our “news”

My favorite art pieces seen at the Goggle Works art gallery in Reading, PA
(June 2014)

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