Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture.
Still treat each guest honorably,
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
As a guide from beyond.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Thank you - James Neel for posting!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
http://deploypeace.blogspot.com/ - Karen Gulino
Our mission is to help our war heroes returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. The products we sell are recycled from retired military aircrafts and transformed into jewelry that spreads a message of peace and raises resources to support the important work of the Fisher House.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Contact: Nancy Rebal email@example.com
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
They were joined at the hip, Gretchen and Julia. They started The Potlatch, which you may know as a ceremonial exchange of gifts observed by Pacific Coast Native Americans. But here they brought writers and actors and filmmakers together to exchange their gifts. They organized table reads of new screenplays. Writers heard their lines read out loud for the first time in front of an audience. The atmosphere at those evenings was electric. You could feel the momentum of the independent film movement. They brought a community together, they changed the culture of Dallas. That community has hung together in some form or fashion ever since and last month it won from the Texas Legislature three bills establishing an incentive program that finally puts us on an equal footing with neighboring states to draw film production back to Texas. Gretchen helped kick that into gear.
Gretch and Julia may have been joined at the hip but they were far from identical. Gretchen was forthright and direct, Julia maybe more tranquilo, sympathetic. It took lots of guts and heart to make the film they wanted to make. Theirs was a family act. Their careers might have taken different turns individually, but they chose to stay together. They and their brother fought and worked and created together, and it was an inspiration for those of us who got to watch.
Filmmaker Mark Birnbaum Remembers Screenwriter Gretchen Dyer
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Saturday, June 13, 2009
Let It be - indeed.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
We will also be streaming the TMtB Twitter live @todaybeginart http://twitter.com/todaybeginart
You can donate during the event (or anytime) by going to our website and clicking on the Donate Now button: http://www.todaymarksthebeginning.org
We invite you to be a part of this very special event: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/TMtB
6:30pm (CST), June 11, 2009 ==> MasterPEACE: Young Artist Creating a Kinder World
Friday, May 29, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
MasterPEACE: Young artists making a kinder world. The Downtown Dallas Library is exhibiting students' collage portraits of Peacemakers from around the world through May. You can see interviews with the TMtB facilitators and teachers on our You Tube channel!
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
A story about the transformative power of art giving voice to forgiveness under horrific circumstances. Stations TWO, an interactive artwork gathering the collective voice of forgiveness began its tour in Dallas on its way to Kigali, Rwanda to help commemorate the 15th anniversary of the genocide. Stations Two is now a part of the permanent collections at the Genocide Museum in Kigali. Please go to TMtB channel on You Tube to see the moving video by James Neel of STATIONS TWO in
If you pause the video (video is 10 minutes in length) in the beginning so it can quickly load, you can watch it without interruption. We invite you to add comments and forward the link on to others. Please check out our website: www.todaymarksthebeginning.org to learn more about our organization and be a part of it!
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Participating schools were Parish Episcopal and L.L. Hotchkiss Elementary. The three afterschool programs were at Whitney Young Elementary; J.L. Long Middle School and S.S. Conner Elementary. These afterschool lessons were done in conjunction with the Thriving Minds program of Big Thought.
The curriculum of MasterPEACE: Young Artists Making a Kinder World, focuses on combining peacemaking skills of non-violence with art experiences for the children. The particular lesson that inspired these portraits is titled "Great Peacemakers Like You and Me." The children were asked to make something out of nothing, just like these heroes who tackled extremely difficult situations. In the portraits, a bottle top could become an eye. A straw could become a nose; a piece of discarded jewelry, a hat.
Monday, March 16, 2009
A note from Diane Hosey, who went to Rwanda with Nancy Rebal, to present Stations Two for the 15th anniversary of the genocide:
Jean Paul Ntakirutimana is instrumental in making way for the Gardens of Forgiveness in
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Click on: A Garden of Forgiveness in Rwanda - The Home Outside - JMMDS Landscape Design Blog — Julie Moir Messervy Design Studio
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
The photo is one from the celebration and christening of Stations Two in Kigali Hotel Palisse.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
Sunday, February 8, 2009
I fly through the air with the the greatest of ease
The woman way up on the flying trapeze.
The body is older and wider than some
But healthy and vibrant up under the sun.
The mind is more thoughtful, reflective and calm
The heart grows wider spreading the balm.
My outlook is sunny and funny and true
I talk of the new age coming out of the blue.
I know days are coming perhaps full of despair
But I continue to fly way up in the air.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
One of the lessons in the MasterPEACE curriculum is making a commitment to peace. Dallas students create a magnetized peace commitment they can place on the fridge or their locker reminding them to "be nicer to my sister", "not gossip about friends", "control my emotions" and so forth. Photographer John Katz took a photo if a young girl who has become a hero to me. Her commitment to peace, "never give up". Look for an upcoming art show of the Dallas school children's work at the Women Museum.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Stations Two, collecting the human voices of forgiveness, leaves for Rwanda in a few days. It will be part of the commemoration of the genocide 15 years ago in Rwanda. Be a part of this journey. Go to our website to learn more. Click on Stations Two spotlight project on our home page: www.todaymarksthebeginning.com
Grace Methodist Church, Dallas
Friday, January 16, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
STATIONS TWO, an interactive public artwork, will make its inaugural appearance on January 18 in Dallas before traveling to Rwanda in February. The trip from Dallas to Rwanda will be the first connection in the world wide network. Nancy Rebal is scheduled to present STATIONS TWO, at the international Gathering of Forgiveness and 15th year commemoration of the genocide in Kigali Rwanda. STATIONS artists are teamed with “Gardens of Forgiveness”, New York City and “Mizero”, children of Rwanda.
Experience this powerful artwork on Sunday, January 18 at 12:15 pm. Grace Methodist Church, Junius & Haskell. Learn more: www.todaymarksthebeginning.org and click on projects.
Friday, January 9, 2009