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Gone

Originally posted on Today In Gaza:

by Enas F Ghannam

She closes her eyes, holding his photo between her hands, his voice and laugh in her memory. She falls asleep hoping to dream of him alive coming to visit her with a gift in his hands, saying “I chose it for you.” Or preparing for their impending wedding with her. If he wanted something that she didn’t like he would change his mind, and say “I didn’t like it anyway.” He might have bought her something she had admired, without telling her. He might have done something he knows will irritate her just to tease her and see her angry. Or he might yell loudly at her to go and change her clothes into full Hejab, and after she nervously obeys he takes her to a beautiful place and says or does silly things until she finds herself laughing, forgetting that she was mad at him…

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Fireflies in Southern Michigan

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a night of fireflies
has arrived…
my spring-planted willow ~ Issa

Photographer: Ken Scott; Ken’s Web site
Summary Author: Ken Scott; Jim Foster

Shown above on this long exposure (40 minute) is a flock of fireflies on a midsummer’s eve, beneath a starry sky as observed near Willis, Michigan. With dimming light after sunset, fireflies (also called glow worms or lightning bugs) emerge from their daytime lair in grassy lawns, meadows and tree canopies. Initially they cling close to the ground but tend to drift higher up — though rarely above the tree tops. As the sky darkens their blinking bioluminescent glow, used to attract mates or prey, seems to increase. Note the lone fire-walker; seemingly daring others to cross its yellow-green line. Photo taken on July 19, 2014.

 

 

http://epod.usra.edu/blog/2014/08/fireflies-in-southern-michigan.html


Al-Ghazali – His Life (450-505/ 1058-1111) and His Personal Crisis

Originally posted on Loving God & Neighbors:

By: Norani Abu Bakar (04/29/2010)

Introduction

Abu Hamid Muhammad al-Ghazali’s is a legendary Sunni thinker and writer who made a significant contribution to scholarly work in Islamic religious sciences in the eleventh and twelfth century. His renowned systematic works cover multiple areas; philosophy, theology, law and Sufi mystics. Al-Ghazali is well reputable in the Muslim and the non-Muslim world, but he was an extraordinary man who undergone phases of crisis in life and continuous evolution of thoughts, just like others. After the journey of self-discovery and healing, al-Ghazali prolifically authored great volumes of writing which reflected the renewal of his thoughts. His work, especially on Sufism, carries significance scholastic values and is highlighted until today. 

This paper discusses how al-Ghazali’s life contributed to his personal crisis, causing him to pursue about two years of intentional isolation in order to seek deliverance from his doubt. This writing is divided into…

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LADY of MAY

Originally posted on hocuspocus13:

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I give greetings to the Goddess of things wild

Of Trees

Of Skies

Of Waters

Let now thy great light come into me

I am a cup to be filled

Special Spirit

I have invited into my home

To Protect

To Help

I honor this Spirit

In this symbol of its being

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Bust out the grill, it’s taco time!

Originally posted on V in Minneapolis:

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I have been meaning to tell you about these tacos for several weeks, but life has been a bit hectic. I recently quit my job and have been pretty ambitious in efforts to find my place in this little world. More about that later, back to those tacos…

At the end of March we had an amazing sunny 70 degree day during this never-ending winter. If my memory serves me correctly, we also had a snowstorm shortly after in true Minnesota fashion. So what do you do on an amazing day?

Bust out the grill!

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Saint Petersburg ~ Church of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ ~ Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood

Church of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is known to Petersburgers as the Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood – or even just the Church on the Blood – as it marks the spot where Alexander II was fatally wounded in an assassination attempt on March 1, 1881. Designed by Alfred Parland in the style of 16th and 17th-century Russian churches, the Church of the Resurrection provides a stark (some would say jarring) contrast to its surroundings of Baroque, Classical and Modernist architecture.

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Alexander II died of wounds inflicted in an attack by the terrorist group People’s Will. Immediately, his heir, Alexander III, declared his intention to erect a church on the site in his father’s memory, and moreover to have this church built in “traditional Russian” style – in distinction to what he saw as the contaminating Western influence of Petersburg.

http://www.saint-petersburg.com/cathedrals/church-resurrection-jesus-christ.asp

SAVIOR ON THE SPILLED BLOOD
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Savior on the Spilled Blood is an architectural landmark of central St Petersburg, and a unique monument to Alexander II the Liberator.

It features Russia’s largest collection of mosaics (over 7,000 sq.m.), Italian coloured marbles, decorative stones from the Urals and Altai region, as well as a collection of Russian heraldic mosaics.

http://eng.cathedral.ru/spasa_na_krovi/

 

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Pasta alla Norma- Macaroni with Eggplant

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Originally posted on cookingitaliancomfortfood:

This has to be one of my all time favorite macaroni dishes. And it’s pure Sicilian.

When I was 14 years old and traveled throughout Italy with my brother Richard we spent two weeks with my Aunt Angie and Uncle Benny in Sicily. We stayed at a small family run resort near the seaside town of Riposto, not far from Taormina. Riposto was the town my Uncle Benny was from.

A memorable dish they served us for dinner one night was a plate of macaroni with a slice of fried eggplant draped over the top. I never tasted something so wonderful in my life. The macaroni was dressed with a simple light marinara sauce made of fresh tomatoes, garlic and basil. And sitting on top of the plate of pasta was two fried slices of eggplant. It couldn’t be more simple than that. We cut the eggplant into the macaroni and…

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