It is not just the incredible sight of fish flying, Trish.
It’s the scent of the sea,
the colors of flimsy clouds and
sun glistening on cresting waves.
Best of all is to hear the splashing
of fish leaping from the water,
fly skyward and fall
into the rhythm of the tide.
When flying fish play,
you remember joy
As if it were forever lost.
Love is _____ and should always remain undefined.
We can try to capture it, frame it, put it in a memory
box and it slips away, like a child riding rainbows,
playing hide and seek.
After the rain, lets go ride some rainbows,
through the clouds, and across the skies.
We’ll tickle the tree tops;
I bet we’ll find love where it hides.
I never learned about this in primary school, high school, college or university.
Somehow I must have missed the commemorative stories in the media, the laying of wreaths and the flowery, pious speeches of sorrow and shame.
Where are the memories, the diaries, the dedications, movies and documentaries? How is it that in this country I alone have remained ignorant?
Is it too late to weep and mourn — to write eulogies and beg forgiveness?
No, it is never too late to become aware, pray and weep. Although I never knew, I know it now.
I will share what I have learned.
So, we light a candle and pass it forward. Like most beginnings, it is not enough, but maybe it will grow.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Greenwood is a neighborhood in Tulsa, Oklahoma. As one of the most prominent concentrations of African-American businesses in the United States during the early 20th century, it was popularly known as America’s “Black Wall Street” until the Tulsa race riot of 1921, in which white residents massacred hundreds of black residents and razed the neighborhood within hours.
The riot was one of the most devastating massacres in the history of U.S. race relations, destroying the once thriving Greenwood community.
Within five years after the massacre, surviving residents who chose to remain in Tulsa rebuilt much of the district. They accomplished this despite the opposition of many white Tulsa political and business leaders and punitive rezoning laws enacted to prevent reconstruction.
It resumed being a vital black community until segregation was overturned by the Federal Government during the 1950s and 1960s. Desegregation encouraged blacks to live and shop elsewhere in the city, causing Greenwood to lose much of its original vitality. Since then, city leaders have attempted to encourage other economic development activity nearby.
Since the 2016 elections there has been renewed interest in reading the novel 1984, by English author, George Orwell. Some people seem to think this important work, published in 1949, is actually a prediction of where our society is currently headed.
While I have always enjoyed reading 1984, I believe another great work of Orwell’s is more germane.
Animal Farm, is an allegorical novella of a society that loses its way, following the leadership of a dishonest, con-man politician. This society evolves into a brutal dictatorship, built upon a cult of personality enforced by a reign of terror.
Yet, while we are facing a somewhat similar situation today, I don’t believe Orwell was psychic.
The author wrote this book, he said, because he was a was a critic of Joseph Stalin and hostile to Moscow-directed Stalinism.
Animal Farm merely proves that history has a remarkable habit of repeating itself.
It is, therefore, our responsibility to learn the lessons history teaches so as to avoid the pitfalls of the past.
Perhaps someday we will get it right.
Senator Mitch McConnell tried to silence her, insisting she not deliver the truth to her peers in the Senate. Forgetting himself, the senator from Kentucky spoke disrespectfully, by ordering her to sit down and be silent — as if she were a naughty child and not a full-fledged member of the Senate of the United States.
Elizabeth Warren is not easily dismissed. Although not permitted to speak before the members of the United Sates Senate, Senator Elizabeth Warren of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, instead delivered her message to millions, maybe billions of American citizens, who understood that truth cannot be silenced by Mr. McConnell, or any other servant of tyranny.
“A would-be kleptocrat is actually better served by spreading cynicism than by deceiving followers with false beliefs: Believers can be disillusioned; people who expect to hear only lies can hardly complain when a lie is exposed.”
— David Frum The Atlantic