Tuesday, November 10, 2009


This being human is a guest house.
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

MasterPEACE & Great Peace Makers

Karen Blessen leads a team of visual artists, improv actors, musicians, a dancer, an architect, a photographer, teachers, principals, and volunteers in teaching Dallas school kids the many variations of MasterPEACE: Young Artists Making a Kinder World. Dallas 5th & 6th graders learn how handle overwhelming pressures and emotions at home and in school within the mix of various cultures by using the arts for creative expression, finding common ground and resolving conflict. You can learn more about MasterPEACE other TMtB projects by checking out our website: http://www.todaymarksthebeginning.com/ and following us on twitter: www.twitter.com/todaybeginart

photo: partner schools L.L. Hotchkiss & Parish Episcopal ice cream social for Great PeaceMakers....