October 2nd ~ International Day of Nonviolence

24 Hour Free Empathy World Call Oct 1/2 in recognition of the UN International Day of Nonviolence and Gandhi’s Birthday October 2

Fodder for thought…

“I do believe that where there is only a choice between cowardice and violence I would advise violence,” Gandhi wrote in his famous work, Doctrine of the Sword.

He continues:

…When my eldest son asked me what he should have done, had he been present when I was almost fatally assaulted in 1908, whether he should have run away and seen me killed or whether he should have used his physical force which he could and wanted to use, and defended me, I told him that it was his duty to defend me even by using violence.

Also from Gandhi’s text Between Cowardice And Violence

…A man who, when faced by danger, behaves like a mouse, is rightly called a coward.

Not knowing the stuff of which nonviolence is made, many have honestly believed that running away from danger every time was a virtue compared to offering resistance, especially when it was fraught with danger to one’s life. As a teacher of nonviolence I must, so far as it is possible for me, guard against such an unmanly belief.

Self-defence … is the only honourable course where there is unreadiness for self-immolation.

Protective use of force vs. Punitive use of force – NVCWiki

NPR Music

Quilt: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

Quilt: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

It’s right there in the band’s name, but the music of Quilt is truly a tapestry. Its songs are made of small bits of verses and choruses that, heard individually, may not seem to fit. But in the hands and voices of this band, they stitch together beautifully. Interweaving harmonies and guitar lines from Anna Fox Rochinski and Shane Butler set the tone for these tunes — soft and benevolent, dreamy and quivering, with poetry that’s thoughtful and playful. The opening song at this Tiny Desk Concert, “Arctic Shark,” questions and enchants.

How can I proceed with thee?

This eastern harbor’s full of grief

All my heavy dreams are simply a luxury

Horses in the pepper tree and the lighthouse floating in the sea

Quilt has become a favorite live band of mine, and its album Held in Splendor often finds its way into my late-night listening. Comforting and warm, the Boston band’s music always has me feeling right at home.
~ Bob Boilen

Set List
“Arctic Shark”
“Eye Of The Pearl”
“Mary Mountain”
“Penobska Oakwalk”

FYI ~ NPR Music Tiny Desk Concerts

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The International New York Times – Editorials and Opinion

The Fundamental Horror of ISIS

Nicholas Kristof’s What ISIS Could Teach the West

The New York Times Magazine

magazine cover
Latest Issue | September 28, 2014

For Sarah Marquis, a very long hike — like one she took from Siberia through the Gobi Desert, China and eventually Australia — can become a voyage of discovery.

A self-portrait that Sarah Marquis took (her camera was on a cart filled with gear) north of Mongolia, during the first month of her trek across Asia and Australia.
Sarah Marquis

A self-portrait that Sarah Marquis took (her camera was on a cart filled with gear) north of Mongolia, during the first month of her trek across Asia and Australia.

OP-TALK

Beware of Joy

When you’re having a good day, do you ever worry something bad is around the corner? Then you’ve felt “fear of happiness.”

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