Wednesday, January 12, 2011

wishing well

Tears are the silent language of grief.

Voltaire (1694-1778) writer, philosopher, playwright

today the world mourns. this afternoon in tucson there will be a memorial service held for the victims of saturday's despicable and tragic shooting rampage. the rampage killed six and wounded fourteen people. yes, we can offer prayers and thoughts of comfort and healing but we must also work toward insuring that this type of senseless violence won't happen again - or more pragmatically stated -won't happen as often. the holes in our social safety nets must be repaired and gun controls laws must be strengthened. investigations of what prompted the arizona killings continue; most likely we will probably never be able to truly fathom the reason behind such an unreasonable and heinous act.

we mourn also for the people of haiti; today marks the one year anniversary of the devastating earthquake that left more than 200,000 people dead and over one million others homeless. although billions of dollars of aid have been pledged to help haiti, there are reports that only a fraction of the money has been delivered. the slow pace of reconstruction only adds more frustration on what u.n. secretary-general ban refers to as "a disaster of unparalleled magnitude."

I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.
Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) polymath

scottish singer maggie bell was born on this day in 1945. with her throaty, powerful bluesy voice maggie is often regarded as a britian's answer to janis joplin.

photo: wall art found in the williamsburg neighborhood of brooklyn, june 2010


Reya Mellicker said...

Wishing you well, too! And sending you love.

Betty said...

I see we frequent similar places for our wall art!

Adding my wishes for peace & healing

tattytiara said...

Wonderful art, and thank you so much for introducing me to Maggie Bell! Life brings many challenges and heartaches, but the beauty is always there too.

Alan Burnett said...

Wise words, a powerful image and a thoughtful song.

tony said...

Ditto what Alan said.
I hope some sense returns soon to Bitter Arizona.
Love from England.

Watson said...

Somehow, yesterday's post also seems to apply here. We humans with our arrogance toward earth and other creatures have moved into more and more violence toward each other...both by talking violent "trash" and enabling addiction to guns.

What will it take to bring healing and sanity?

Daisy's Barbara

California Girl said...

Good song but she sounds like Melissa Etheridge not Janis.