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Ni hao. I hope you and yours are well and will continue to be. Excellent start of a group, thanx for all you do and don't! I'm 49, diffabled, and a mental health counseling supervisor by profession, mostly working with various dually diagnosed populations; with 2 kids in their late 20's- residing in the usa. What do you think? From the heart in the heart of the heartland. A profile follows.

Some of the groups I moderate :)
Disabled Greens News and discussion, Group :)
Abuse in Therapy, Group :)
Diffabled, Mental Health, all related issues, advocacy, and professionals: Homepage:
reality's My Space page, blog :)
Prison Abuse Social Network!:
reality's Windows Live Space :)
reality's geocities website :)
Poets For Human Rights :)
Poets For Human Rights :)

"Painting is poetry which is seen and not heard, and poetry is a painting which is heard but not seen." ~ Leonardo da Vinci. Enjoy a festive eve' as you can. Lest "we" forget, if you don't exercise responsibility, its Siamese twin sister, freedom, will wither, like a muscle, as well. Sadly, now, it first needs to be exorcized before its exercised. Viva la evolution! Music is life's song accompanying the abundance of joy's Spring. For those interested :) "of or pertaining to the morning, day: relating to or happening in the morning or in the early part of the day (formal), (Mid-16th century, from late Latin matutinalis, from Matuta, goddess of the dawn.)". I look forward to hearing from you. Copy, share, as you will. Goodbye.

Some Poets :) Dylan Thomas; Pablo Neruda; Kahlil Gibran; Mankiller; Jill St. John; Edna St. Vincent Millay; Maya Angelou; Ralph Waldo Emerson; Emily Dickinson; Langston Hughes; William Blake; Milarepa; Basho; Amiri Baraka; Rumi; Virginia Woolf; Audrey Lorde; Chuang Tzu; Lao Tzu; WB YEATS; St. Francis of Assisi; Confucius; Socrates; Henry David Thoreau; Starhawk; Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; Henry Wadsworth; Carlos Castaneda; Suzuki; Thomas Merton; Artharvaveda; Basho; Bob Dylan; Happy Rhodes; et al

Some Books :) Power Tactics of Jesus Christ; Aquarian Gospel; Kahlil Gibran; The Power of Positive Thinking + How to make friends + influence people…Norman Vincent Peale; Art of Living; Eric Fromm; Meetings with remarkable men; A Course in Miracles; Wayne Dyer; Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu; I Ching; Joseph Campbell; CS Lewis; JRR Tolkien; Focusing; Wherever you go, there you are; Rollo May; Bhagavad gita, Vedic literature, Razor’s Edge, Somerset Maugham; SETH books; Magical Child; Carlos Castaneda, all; Thich Nhat Hanh; Shunryu Suzuki (and more Suzuki's); Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee; Huston Smith; Carl Jung; Joyce Carol Oates; Aristotle, Dalai Lama; Plato; zen flesh, zen bones; Sun Faced Buddha; Karen Armstrong; Saint Augustine; St. Francis of Assisi; Mother Theresa; Jack Kornfield; Alan Watts; Thomas Merton; Pema Chodron; Ken Wilber; Homecoming; Zen and the art of archery; Old and New Testaments, Shroud of Turin, Koran; Perfumed Scorpion; Thomas Cleary; Seung Sahn; Deepak Chopra; Patanjali; Emmet Fox; Silva Mind Control; Audre Lourdes; Psycho-cybernetics; Jon Kabat-Zinn; Warrior of Peace, Nonviolent warrior; Malcolm X; Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Mahatma Ghandi; Soul on ice; a good day to die; Mankiller; Jill St. John; Edna St. Vincent Millay; Leonard Peltier, in his own words; Live from Death Row, Mumia Abdul Jamal; Plato; Socrates; Hippocrates; Hammurabi; Maya Angelou; Killing of the Greens; China, Since Mao Tse Tung; Deshimaru (Zen, from France); Kierkegaard; Henri JM Nouwen; BKS Iyengar; Ilyat Khan (many Khans); Bible; Koran; Torah; Simon Wiesenthal; Rabbi Michael Lerner; Cornel West; Noam Chomsky; Michael Harner; Marianne Williamson; Rousseau; Piaget; Ralph Waldo Emerson; Thoreau; Longfellow; Emily Dickinson; Nelson Mandela; Bishop Desmond Tutu; Naomi Wolf; Gloria Steinem; Alice Walker; Langston Hughes, Pablo Neruda; Remote Viewing; cummings; Kabbalah; Left brain, Right brain; Thomas Moore; Fox; Common Sense; Non-violent Warrior (from France); Gary Zukav; Tao of physics; Frederick Douglas; Shamanic journey; Carl Jung; Carl Rogers; Robert Blake; Jiddu Krishnamurti; Florinda Donner; John Perkins; Starhawk; Egyptian and Tibetan Book of the Dead; Rainwoman; Sun Bear; Black Elk; Albert Einstein; Alduos Huxley; Carl Sagan; The book of five rings; The prophets; Fritz Perls; Alex Haley; EST, Werner Erhardt; Direct Centering; Charles Darwin; John Paul Satre; Simone De Beauvoir; Robert Thurman; Sharon Salzberg; Paul Tillich; Ivan Illich, De-schooling society; Rebirthing; Eric Berne: Transactional Analysis; Winona Laduke; Charles Luk: Chan and Zen teaching; Tony Buzon: Use both side of your brain; George Orwell, ‘1984‘; Milarepa; The Gold Faced Buddha; Leo Buscaglia: Inner-child integrative work; War and Peace; Dostoievsky; Tolstoy; White Buffalo...; Germaine Greer; David Spangler: New Age personal growth; Confucius; Ernest Hemingway, Old man and the sea; Rainwalker; Chuang-Tzu; Eric Erikson; D.B. Dubois...; Meetings With Remarkable Men, by Gurdjieff (and others by him, as well, the movie based on the book is great); Dogen, all his works; many Suzuki's, and all their works; Cosmic Fishing :) E.B. Applewhite (some of his) and Buckminster Fuller (all of his books); Abraham Joshua Heschel: I asked for wonder, etc.; Jerry Mander: In the absence of the sacred; et al

Some Movies :) Ghandi (All); Meetings With Remarkable Men (All); all of Akira Kurosawa's and Igmar Bergman's; most of Louis Malle's and Peter Hyams; On Dangerous Ground, Fire Down Below (most of Steven Seagal's); Little Buddha; Incident At Oglala; Iron And Silk; Brother Sun, Sister Moon, and most of Zeferelli's, Hitchcock's, Scorsese's; Flying Daggers, and most quality action films; Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee; All Jet Li's (Emperor's Assassin, Hero) and Most of Jackie Chan's; The Year of Living Dangerously; Enter The Dragon (All Bruce Lee's); Norma Rae; The Gardner; To Be, Or, Not To Be; Freedomland; most documentaries; Voices In Wartime; Good Night, Good Luck; The Unbearable Lightness of Being; Freedom Song; All Noam Chomsky's; Serenity; 2010; most of Dolph Lundgren's, Van Damme's, Norris'; Eulogy 2004; most spiritually inclined films; Passion of the Christ; He Said, She Said; Lenny Bruce; Carwash; The Big Chill; Metropolis; all of Jodie Foster's; Close Encounter of the Third Kind and all Dreyfus'; Children of a Lesser God and all Mary Maitlin's; most of Renoir's; almost all of John and Angelica Huston's; all: Hillary Swank's, Kevin Costner's, Julia Luis-Dreyfus; the Fonda's, The Copolla's, Jeremy Irons', Tommy Lee Jones', Cate Blanchett's, Laura Linney's, Robin William's, Lancaster's, Jessica Lange's, Sam Waterston, Ice Cube's, Ice Tea's, Ice Slivers', Hot Ice's, Crushed Ice's, Italian Ice's, all the Ice's, except for Vanilla Ice's, the Douglass', STING's, Streep's, Voight's and Jolie's, Mikhail Barishnokov's and Nureyev's, Banderas' (Philidelphia Story), Barbra Streisand's; Murray's, Rock's, the Wayans; the Van Peebles, all the Baldwins films, especially James, Willis' (13 th Monkey), Pitt's, Redford's, the Pecks', Palance's, the Sheen's and Esteves, Ossie Davis' and Ruby Dee's, Jones', Kate Hudson's, Madonna's, Freeman's, Mel Brook's films, Albert Brook's, Danny Glover, Jr., Steenburgen's, Snipes', Aidan Quinn's, Anthony Hopkin's; Robert Downy, Jr.'s; Eastwood's, Pacino's, Harrison Ford's, Deniro's, Maria Conchita Alonso's, Ingrid Bergman's and Isabella Rosselini's, Bacon's, Mastrontonio's, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence with David Bowie, and all his; the Garafalos'; Richard Dreyfus'; Faye Dunaway's; Liev Schriber's; the Arquettes; the Harry Potter films; most of Nicolas Cage's, in Lord of War; Blood Diamond and all Leonardo DiCaprio's; The Garden and The Fountain, as well as all Rachel Weisz's; all of Cicely Tyson’s; The Autobiography of Jane Pitman; Lord of The Rings (animated and the trilogy; Matrix trilogy and series; Dr. Zhivago; I Witness; The Reaping; all of Hillary Swank’s; all of Jennifer Lopez’; all of Jennifer Aniston’s; all of Angelina Jolie’s; all of Brad Pitt’s; Dr. Strangelove; Star Wars series; most sci fi's; all of Martin Shorts; all of Debra Winger’s; all of Billy Crystal’s; all of Robin Williams; some Bollywood, world cinema, and crossover (especially Asian); movies with and on Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Sojourner Truth, Langston Hughs, Paul Robeson, Medgar Evers, Zapata, underground railroads, holocausts, Sherlock Holmes; exceptional horror, western, sports, almost all sociological and/or poliical; Dorian Gray films; Sometimes In April; The Saint; Omen, the new and old ones; The Possesion of Sarah; The Exorism of Emily Rose; The Exorcist, the whole series; The Brave One; Starship Troopers (all, the first, signaling of the beginning of the increase in the rate of the patriarchy's slow motion blitzkrieg); Spiritual Cinema and the club; Cybertrackers with Don Wilson and all his; The Mission; Legends of The Fall; A River Runs Through It; The Missing; Hotel Rwanda; All Alien vs. Predator; The Wiz; The Wizard of Oz; et al

Some TV Shows :) Now, Judging Amy, Frasier; Will and Grace; P.O.V.; Most shows on P.B.S., A. + E., National Geographic channels; some on the History and Discovery channels; To The Contrary (almost); McNeil Lehrer News; Eyes on the Prize, The 11th Hour, Def Poetree Jam and any other shows that include poetree, and/or most all arts; McGaughlin Group; Wayne Dyer, Leo Buscaglia, and Joseph Campbell's PBS series; Religion and Ethics (some); Deep Space Nine; Kung Fu; Medium; Friends; Austin City Limits; most musical, science, political and art presentations; Voyager; most documentaries; Moyer's Journal; Scientific American Presents; Tavis Smiley show; AC Cooper's 360; Farscape; Babylon 5; SG-1; Stargate Atlantis; Painting shows; Sopranos; Deep Space Nine; Star Trek; Firefly; all Sherlock Holmes; some Masterpiece Theatre; Monk (rarely); Some: basketball, tennis, soccer (li'l); Frasier; Saturday Night Live; Outer Limits; One Step Beyond; Politically Incorrect and Real Times with Bill Maher, all of his; Smith and Jones; 30 Rock; Al Sharpton's series; Chris Rock show; the Wayans shows; Enterprise; Sarah Connors Chronicles; et al

Some heroes :) Most of the Gods; the Great Spirit; Jean Paul Sartre; Carl Jung; the Ghandi's; the Buddha's; all the prophets and great Saints; most of the Saints; Transcendent artists of all disciplines and genres who co-create reality; kids who don't get brainwashed into believing they don't know, and, thereby, don't unbecome into memorization and rote parts in 'la machine', while they grow up; people who "act justly, love gently, and walk humbly with their God"; Life; Earth; Sun; Universe; et al

Music :) All world music; most folk; all the great music of every genre that transcends its genre and the fact that its music; et al

Places lived :) NY, ND, NJ, CA, Wash, DC, FL, NV, MO, KS, MA, CO, PA, VT, NH, VA, OH, NE, MD

I'd Like to Meet :) My original self that is not mine, and the original nature that is; et al

Some foods :) Seafood, rice, vegetables: all, all whole wheat: pizza, All: Chinese; Mexican; Thai; Indian; Native American; Middle Eastern; et al. No pork and prefer no red meat.

Some of my quotes :) Grey, those more attached to living or dying are more closely death; Not all those deluded by sides are squares; Grace can't be sought, it seeks you, if you...; Winning is losing without the benefits. There is also no how you're playing the gaming; If you're playing the gaming, the gaming is playing you; Music is life's song accompanying the abundance of joy's Spring; It used to be that technology was the tool in man's hand, now, technology has become the hand, and man the tool, while it grows in every way, man becomes less and less, day by day; One's mental cell, built of walls of delusions, made with bricks of illusions, is one's hell; Tone, life's signs and meanings, perceived by all our senses, and being's foci of attention, can divine from within and without, that's if our inner-eye isn't clouded by false-ego, self-conscious self, or doubt; Eden?, splitting of atom, cloning of adam, hubris, leads to extinction; A smile alights life; Shine, finding a find, giving it away, aliveness being this day; Ring unbroken, the way open, beyond time and bone of space, in front of nose, original face; You can talk the talk, walk the walk, and even be the be, but, if you don't vote the vote, you won't ever be livin' in a democracy; Heart, like the wind moves, not love, nor hate, only everything and nothing at all, at once; Leaf, a raindrop forms in love's eye, joy, sadness, let go; Departed, the depth of one's sorrow is the well's fathom, of meanings and moments shared with them; Why, as acid rain from your closed eye, an acre of rainforest falls each second, and the earths tears bleed, for, all you see is grey; Clarity, a sword that cuts all ways, without, for, there's no cutting, and a pointless point; If, one lived as prayer, their light adding to the well of light, their every step in grace, they would leave no footprints, that would echo always; Equality and liberty are fallow fields, without the seeds of fraternity; Might makes right, but, it also makes wrong, fraternity rules; Injustices, addressing, not addressing them have costs, the former is individual, the later is global; Ends or means, neither do I embrace, rather, the struggle well run, which uplifts us uncrowned, every moment humans race! Lest "we" forget, if you don't exercise responsibility, its Siamese twin sister, freedom, will wither like a muscle, as well. Sadly, now, it first needs to be exorcized before its exercised. All people, as all life, are threads in the whole of the fabric of life, which will always need mending; yet, "we, ..." can't allow it to be torn asunder. "We,...", can challenge ourselves and society by challenging defacto slavery established by the injustice system in the U.S. and everywhere it is? Isn't an important part of that challenging, working towards abolishing their tool of terror which determines most follow their leaders out of fear, if little else? For, we all know the innocent are premeditatedly murdered by the state to that purpose, the death penalty being a tool of the war on freedom. A smile alights life, laughter gives it flight.

Please add your suggestions and/or thoughts :) Ciao, for now.

Matutinally Yours,

james m nordlund reality (aja) :)

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