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To start the day …. need to keep this alive!!

This is a sad situation and I am not sure what we each do as individuals, but pray and exert pressure on our politicians to consider this as more than just a political and rhetorical situation.

It Is What It Is

~~May 8, 2014~~

Updated: Tuesday, May 6, 2:55 p.m. EST

For the nearly 300 girls in northern Nigeria kidnapped by Islamic extremists, going to school was a risk worth taking. They were set to become global leaders, teachers or lawyers in a region where only 4 percent of girls complete secondary schooling.

Now, the girls, who were abducted on April 14, are reportedly set to be sold into marriage to militants for $12. Governments, nonprofits and citizen activists are scrambling to help the students, some of whom have reportedly died from snake bites and contracted illnesses, the Associated Press reports.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry offered military personnel, law enforcement officials and other experts Tuesday to help find the girls, which Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has accepted, according to Agence France-Presse. The offering comes amid global outrage that governments aren’t doing enough to…

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This is a beautiful poem and prayer to begin the day. Even when we are not outside, we can close our eyes and experience the world in mindfulness and prayerful positions.

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We have rhubarb in our backyard and it yields fruit through the summer. Kathy and I grew up where rhubarb was inexpensive and plentiful. It made great pies, jams, canned fruit, and was edible, with sugar, when eaten raw as it is tart.

It is interesting to note how, as we age, we notice things that seemed less relevant earlier. Larry Schug reminded me about rhubarb. I took this particular plant for granted as I grew up, but they create miracles as do other plants and animals in our world. Rhubarb provided an inexpensive dessert and snack that, as I recall, seemed available year round in some form.

When I reflect on nature, I see miracles and the ordinary is more powerful than when taken for granted. Nature is a great provider and takes care of human needs in ways that are not always readily evident unless I take time to see treasures provided.

By April, sour red stalks
push elephant-ear leaves
into near-earth atmosphere.
Rhubarb plans ahead,
years, decades even,
lives sustainably on the interest
of sunlight stored under ground,
having folded up its solar collectors
in September,
when the days grow too short
to make sugar.
See how simple is a miracle.

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