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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Mom circa Nineteen Eighty.... Four?

Special thanks to the gentleman who once in 1984 taught me how to steal and how to ride a bicycle… (mercury correspondences… interesting…) for preserving both this photo of my mom and the tape (from 1987) in the video below.

(Warning: If you didn’t actually know our mom, and even if you did, the video below will probably bore you to tears.)

Have a Happy Tuesday!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Hafiz and Rumi

even after all this time
the sun never says
to the earth:

"you owe me!"

look what happens
with a love like that

it lights up
the whole sky

                  - حافظ (Hafiz)

                  - مولانا (Rumi)

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Father Alexei

Rt. Rev. Alexei Smith, was born in Los Angeles. He obtained his Undergraduate studies in the field of International Relations from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He was awarded a Master of Divinity Degree with High Distinction from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Brookline, Mass. In 1987 he was ordained as a Melkite Greek Catholic Priest and appointed Administrator of Saint Andrew Russian Greek Catholic Church and Saint Paul Melkite Greek Catholic Mission in El Segundo, Calif.

On June 6, 1994 Cardinal Roger Mahony appointed Fr. Alexei Smith as his Principal Liaison and Personal Representative to the Orthodox Roman Catholic Dialogue. On October, 1997 he was elected to the Council of Priests of the Eparchy of Newton. In 1999 he became Vice Chairman of the Council of Priests of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and appointed Chair of the Priestly Life and Ministry Committee. That same year he was appointed Protopresbyter of the Western Region of the Melkite Greek Catholic Eparchy of Newton by Bishop John Adel Elya. In November 2000, Cardinal Roger Mahony appointed Rev. Alexei Smith the Director of the Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

for those who're so inclined, feel free to join those of us in the above photo and many others as well next Saturday Night starting at 11:30pm for Paska.

538 Concord Street, El Segundo, CA 90245

(NOTE: the note about Paska was from the original blog post in April of '11, if you'd like to visit St Andrew, Liturgy is every Sunday at 10am, and you can reach them at (310) 322-1892 or

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Be Here Now... Remember... Be Here Now...

writing to you
from Goldline Devo headphones

Contemplating Gratitude
for all those

(dad, Gordon, Henry Iglesias, Ram Dass, etc)
who repeated over and over in my memories...

Be Here Now... Remember...

such that I come back into Awareness
so much more often, I feel,
than I would if they hadn't.

With this in mind,
in service to all,
I'll keep the mantra going,

That the mind may fold in on itself
and get out of the way

and stop putting so much static on the line
which connects Being
with Here,

Be Here Now... Remember...

Be Here Now

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