Sunday, April 29, 2018

Out & About With Brief Thoughts...

I would admit it was quite a challenging Month as I reflect upon it in a multitude of fronts.  As I assisted with some weekly curation for the Daily Outsider, I took stock of all that I am thankful for--one of the most memorable events was being at Holy Thursday. 

Despite the profound challenges, I continue to remain hopeful as I was witness to Community Spirit in Action Throughout the Month.    It culminated in the 11th Taste of Aliso Niguel at the Laguna Design Center this past Saturday.   I had the privilege to serve as a Volunteer and in the midst of the chaos captured some images which continues to give me hope in spite of the profound challenges we continue to be faced with in our World--How such selfless souls came together to make such an event possible is beyond words.   

Onward to May with all that it entails!!

Monday, April 23, 2018

As A New Week Dawns.....

As the new week dawns, I have been "out & about" as I decided to pick certain images from my collection as I look forward to a good week ahead...Interesting times....

I hereby bookend this with this thought:

“To announce that there must be
no criticism of the President,
or that we are to stand by the President,
right or wrong,
is not only unpatriotic and servile,
but is morally treasonable to the American public.”~ Theodore Roosevelt

Friday, April 20, 2018

"Random Thoughts"....

Saeed Mortavazi, Tehran's Former Prosecutor, "Missing in Action" 

The team was gracious enough to allow me to use "Random Thoughts" for these series as I helped with a number of curation efforts for the Daily Outsider  after having been away at a training retreat.     It has also been quite a week--and that's putting it mildly!!!

As I write this, I am watching Al Jazeera as it is broadcasting an epic on King Hussein of Jordan.   I have been especially been assessing the latest out of Iran which I look forward to helping with publishing a number of Notations over the ensuing weeks.   What I found irritating were reports that the former Prosecutor of Tehran, Saeed Mortavazi, was reported by the Chief Spokesman and Deputy Head of the Judiciary to be "Missing" and that they could not find him.    Mortazavi received a sentence for having been held responsible for the murder of the Journalist Zahra Kazemi and other crimes.    It was so funny how someone just randomly called up his Wife and his Wife said oh yes he's in Tehran but not currently home.    I could not help but just laugh--as my alternative was to simply cry.    This was also as I saw the horrific clip on a Young Lady in Tehran being roughed up by the so-called Morality Police that sparked outrage even by key figures in the Government sparking an investigation order by the Interior Minister.    Let's see where it all goes--I wished the Vice President for Women's Affairs Dr. Ebetkar success. 

As I was reflecting upon a rather challenging week, I re-read this Poem courtesy of my friend Anaahita Mahdavi that she posted to her Facebook Wall last week from the Master, Khalil Gibran and took comfort in it:   

I close out this with this simple thought as I wish all the best of weekends: 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

On the Prowl w/this: A Note From The Universe

It has been quite a week as I picked this up from the team at Iran Wire on the continued brain drain in Iran and as our World was witness to the Soap Opera in Washington starring Donald Trump, Stormy Daniel and her Lawyers.     In spite of the overwhelming challenges,  some uplifting thoughts were in order courtesy of the folks at TUT I hope proves to be uplifting:  

A Note From The Universe: One day you're going to wake up and feel so much joy for your life, exactly as it is, that you wouldn't trade anything in your past for anything.

And right now, you get to live that bit t... Click here to read this entire Note!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Out & About re #MLK50: Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today is the 50th Anniversary of Dr. King's Assassination.  I decided to be brief today with this very powerful 6 minutes with Congressman Lewis and Former President Obama.