Newsletter Video 2.18

I hope you’re having a beautiful weekend. ♡
This week on ¤ under1000skies.org ¤

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(¸.•´ (¸.•` ¤ #Memorial Day and #StillSmallVoice ¤

Gems 6.80

Photo 1: 

“Land of the free because of the brave.” -Unknown

Photo 2

The photo was taken on Tuesday, 4 November 2014 at the Tower of London of the “Bloodswept Lands and Seas of Red” display to commemorate the 100th year since the outbreak of World War I.  It was taken by my friend Jo Milton, one of our first contributing photographers under the name Nothingtosee Movealongnow.  This was used in Gems 1.63 for Remembrance Day.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

-John McCrae

I chose the poem In Flanders Field by John McCrae because of what I learned about poppy symbolism.

“It is one of the most quoted poems…written during the First World War by Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae. He was inspired to write it on May 3, 1915, after presiding over the funeral of a friend and fellow soldier Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, who died in the Second Battle of Ypres. Its references to the red poppies that grew over the graves of fallen soldiers resulted in the remembrance poppy becoming one of the world’s most recognized memorial symbols for soldiers who have died in conflict. The poem and poppy are prominent Remembrance Day symbols throughout the Commonwealth of Nations, particularly in Canada, where “In Flanders Fields” is one of the nation’s best-known literary works. The poem is also widely known in the United States, where it is associated with Veterans Day and Memorial Day.” (Wikipedia)

“When you don’t know what to do, do nothing. Get quiet so you can hear the still, small voice.” -Oprah Winfrey

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“Never let the noise of the world overpower the still small voice.” -L. Tom Perry

Gems 6.83

“Learn the richness of solitude and quiet. That still small voice is yearning to be heard.” -Susan Jeffers

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“The human voice can never reach the distance that is covered by the still small voice of conscience.” -Mahatma Gandhi

This Gem led to a discussion that we’re probably all having with loved ones:

ivor20 on May 29, 2020 at 5:49 am said:

The voice of conscience is very loud in Minneapolis……. sadly…..

Niki Flow on May 29, 2020 at 12:19 pm said:

Ivor, I wish I had wise words to write here. My heart is broken over the senseless killing of George Floyd, and my prayers and thoughts are with his family. ♥.

ivor20 on May 29, 2020 at 12:58 pm said:

It’s very disturbing Niki, that this barbaric discrimination still happens….

Niki Flow on May 29, 2020 at 2:00 pm said:

President Obama wrote eloquently about it and shared a song by a young man that really touched my heart.  https://www.instagram.com/p/CAxyXWOAPiL/

My friend E (Born In Providence) also wrote beautifully and from her grief and lit a path ahead.  https://www.instagram.com/p/CAwu061D8qS/

I have been crying off and on all morning, grief, frustration, anger all combined. May we know better, then do better. May we all stand up and say “No more.” May we dream and work and with every good choice create a new world. May this evil be vanquished and silenced. May peace prevail. May justice be done. ♥.

NEWS

New Look

I’m excited to announce that under1000skies.org will be getting a brand new look to go along with The Power of Color and Opposites.   Instead of being arranged by the photographer, it will be arranged by quote hashtags.

In order to accomplish this, I’ll need to take the site down for a week or two (hopefully just one) beginning tomorrow.

Gallery Show

The next Gallery Show will be on Monday, July 6th and we’ll feature one or two artists a day all week as thanks for generously sharing their beautiful creativity!

 

 

2 thoughts on “Newsletter Video 2.18

  1. My foreign eyes have been crying…..

    “Obsidian Eyes”
     
    Humans are in an anxious whirl
    Unaware of nature’s harmonious world
     
    Volcanic flames light up the skies
    The blazing eclipse darkens angry eyes
     
    Lava’s flowing as obsidian rivers
    Black glass groans and shivers
    Cold black-ice slips and slides
    In a chasm of great white walls, either side
     
    Sheer ugly mirrors of darkness
    Reflecting societies obsidian blindness
    Unfathomable statues arise
    Like hives of frenetic fireflies

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