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Historic Islamic Art Museum “Completely Destroyed”


Egypt’s treasures destroyed

Egyptian Streets

Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities has announced that Cairo’s Islamic Art Museum has been “completely destroyed,” in a moment of anger and frustration.

The Minister’s statements came after a car bomb exploded outside the Museum and the Security Directorate, killing five and injuring more than 80. The explosion was one of three in Cairo today, with one killed at a Metro Station in Dokki.

While the extent of the damage is not yet clear, the Minister was earlier quoted as saying the damage is in the “tens of millions of dollars,” but vowed to restore the Museum and any antiquities that remain.

The Islamic Art Museum in Cairo houses one of the most extensive and important collections of Islamic art in the world. The Museum displays priceless Islamic art work from all periods of Islamic history, including one of the rarest copies of the Quran.

Until 2010, the Museum had been closed for…

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Maine football coach resigns after accidentally posting naked photo of himself on Facebook | Prep Rally – Yahoo! Sports


????? Another coach and teacher hits the dust. What was he thinking?

Maine football coach resigns after accidentally posting naked photo of himself on Facebook | Prep Rally – Yahoo! Sports.

Communities Learn the Good Life Can Be a Killer


School Children, Were Forced to Use Their Bicy...

Image by The U.S. National Archives via Flickr

Did you walk or ride your bike to school when you were young? I walked at least half an hour in the morning to get to school and then back again afterwards, and again at night to school activities.

The following article discusses the ill effect our modern life is having on children’s health these days.

I’m thankful my grand kids live in a city neighborhood where children still play on the streets and sidewalks, and there are plenty of children their age. They will be able to walk to a neighborhood public school, that is if the neighborhood remains safe.

Most children don’t get to do this for various reasons having to do with the American Dream. Too bad that we pursued our dream but lost an essential ingredient necessary for living it!

Communities Learn the Good Life Can Be a Killer – NYTimes.com.

Vulnerability: Obama’s Lack of “An Enduring Emotional Connection”


Cover of "Dreams from My Father: A Story ...

Cover via Amazon

According to a CBS News poll only 41% of Americans believe President Obama deserves to be re-elected.

In an interview with 60 Minutes, President Obama said that his ideas were “mainstream” , but that the GOP is against anything he supports.

Why does such a popularly elected President appear to be so out of touch with the “mainstream”?

I think it is easy to understand from reading his biography, Dreams from My Father. A child whose father rejects him, never quite knows where he “fits” in the world at large. His life is full of choices: to ignore his inner heart, become a social barometer, change with the moods of the people around him…think Bill Clinton. He grows up with many emotional problems, possibly becoming an abuser or criminal.

Or, he, like Barack Obama learns to be quietly comfortable with himself, his intellectual pursuits, perhaps his family. He understands how to live “duty”,  to serve others, but his heart remains covered and protected. I think that is why I remain prayerful and compassionate towards President Obama. I see in him a wounded child, tremendously bright and well-meaning but vulnerable.

John Meacham Executive editor, Random House observed on Morning Joe this morning, that  like most people, the President operates on two speeds. President Obama operates primarily in the intellectual and analytical “gear”. His fundamental failure to establish an “enduring emotional connection” to the American people is a systemic failure.

But consider this.

Surprisingly, a NBC Marist Poll put out last week in South Carolina, a state that has not voted Democrat since Jimmy Carter 1976,  found that in a General Election match up, had Barack Obama leading both Gingrich and Romney  (42% 42%)

What is going on?

It appears that, compared to Obama, the GOP seems even less “connected”

Penn State, my final loss of faith – Guest Voices – The Washington Post


Do you believe you can make a significant difference in your world? You can.

Penn State, my final loss of faith – Guest Voices – The Washington Post.

Help In Pain


Pain

Image by Michelle Brea via Flickr

What has been helpful to you when you’ve been in pain?

Have you or a family member ever heard shocking news that would alter your way of life in such a way that it can NEVER be the same?

An amputee feels this type of shock.

I’d like to hear your stories.

http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2009/08/21/10-things-to-say-to-a-sick-friend/

Top Ten Most Influential Struggles for Independence/Protests


A raid on the Stonewall Inn provoked riots whi...

Stonewall Inn, NYC

In honor of the United States and our Fourth of July Independence Day Celebration, I’m posting this list of TIME Magazine‘s “Top Ten Most Influential Protests”.

I’ll bet many protesters from repressive regimes around the world will be surprised to find “Gay Rights, and Stonewall Inn, 1969″ included here. It may strike them as similar to the “Curb Your Enthusiasm” episode I watched lately. Larry David, inept as usual, invited two “Survivors to a party. He thought it would be a nice match-up for them to sit together, except one was from the TV Show, “Survivor”, another was a Survivor from the Holocaust.

There are there different levels of suffering, repression and abuse.

I’m just beginning to understand the effects of “neglect” in my childhood.

I don’t mean to diminish the pain of Gay and Lesbian young people who struggle in secret; and in Uganda and other parts of the world, that struggle is a matter of life and death.

I’m just saying, “neglect”, and not being able to enter a night club just don’t seem to be on the same level as the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict or the Monks protest in Burma which has the potential for world wide impact on a grand scale.

It is in the eye of the list maker to be sure!

But, I’m listening. What do others of you think?

http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2080036_2080037_2080041,00.html