Rain – Drops

clouds sigh

~ ~ ~ ~

sky cries

* * * * * *

water falls


rain –  drops





Whimsy ~

The Song for Rain (2012), created by Zheng Yawen, his graduation work at the Communication University of China.”



Angst ~

It’s Raining In Baltimore ~ The Counting Crows ~ album August and Everything After



Compassion ~

Slumdog Millionaire ~ rain scene


Loss ~

“like tears in rain” ~ Vangelis ~ Blade Runner



On a lighter note ~

It’s Raining Men on Baker Street ~ The Weather Girls



Please do not hesitate to shower our ears with your  choice rain songs.


Bear selected this Rain song theme.

For May 22, I select —  Night.


Bear http://bearspawprint.wordpress.com/2014/05/15/rain-music-theme/



Peaceful Uprising Shuts Down Utah Tar Sands Tank Man Style

* Some NEWS from Utah that probably is not making the mainstream news media rounds on your tv.

Vernal Express article,  “Protestors block road construction” : http://www.ubmedia.biz/vernal/news/article_62e34138-f949-11e2-ae8b-0019bb2963f4.html

* The Power of One–yet again–against the machines.

Explore Peaceful Uprising http://www.peacefuluprising.org/   NON-violent direct action.

Imagine, Create, Manifest Freedom.

Tim DeChristopher on ‘the economy’–a new spin on following the money:

What do you value?

Make a list of what matters to you and why.

90 Self Immolated Tibetans due to policy “made in China.”

The International Campaign for Tibet –> http://www.savetibet.org/

While the “free” world (Orwellian overtones notwithstanding) goes about its seasonal consumption binge to purchase many goods stamped with “made in China” the indigenous people of Tibet have been setting themselves on fire in protest.  Participants in the Occupy movement have nothing on Tibetans when it comes to legitimate grievances ranging from rampant cultural genocide to environmental destruction. There is no way to “spin” what has happened in Tibet during November 2012. There’s no double talk that puts things to rights.  Native American children may have to relinquish their statistical standing as the group with the highest suicide rate in the world to the Tibetans determined to be “heard” by resorting to suicide by fire.  I don’t write the preceding sentence without serious concern for the harsh realities faced by both groups.

The Holy Days/Holidays taken on a certain smoke tinged hue.

28 Self Immolations in one month.  —>> more at Students for a Free Tibet  https://www.studentsforafreetibet.org/about-tibet/self-immolations


Gao Brothers Opens In Kansas City

If you like  art to be more than simply home decor then find your way to the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art pronto. Like art with an edge? Desire art with some intellectual, political, and personal substance? Well the Gao Brothers deliver the goods in their own way from a naked life-size Mao standing atop a television set to  the bronze  Execution of Christ which depicts a nearly naked Christ on the muzzle end of the rifles of seven figures of Mao. It’s an intense work in 3D. My other favorites are the photographs of their parents–both 1 & 2 and The Forever Unfinished Building which presents hundreds of images of people, places and events traversing the core of a huge multi-level building. Even Tank Man is represented in this Escher-like collage of issue raising via images rather than words.  While the huge sculptures like Miss  Mao Trying to Balance Herself at the Top of Lenin’s Head are big statement making attention magnets I found more satisfaction in the photographic works. The Interview presents a terrifying gathering of nine ‘men’ –Stalin to Hitler with a smiling Pol Pot and other like-minded fellows.  Most representational of the lives of ordinary individuals is Outer Space Project–Map of China. A close up image of a beehive has been enlarged to offer spaces for images all sorts of people going about their daily lives inside the confines of the hive–including a few who ‘dive’ off into the surrounding black background.  It’s a beautiful work in black and white with minute detail in abundance.  There are huge works in oil depicting Mao, Mother Theresa, the Dali Lama, Hitler and Saddam Hussein covering the walls of the main exhibition room. It’s an intriguing exercise in perspective to move from one location to another.  This is art that takes on  the Chinese Cultural Revolution without pulling any punches.

Gao Brothers: Grandeur and Catharsis exhibition runs September 17, 2010 to January 2, 2011. It’s free at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.


What’s inside your mind?

Miss Mao No.3–Mao as mother to the people.

Btw, this is the Brothers’ first museum exhibition in the USA.

World Sound Radio Adventures a la Tom Crane

Tom Crane is currently sending out beautiful music from around the world on www.kkfi.org.  He’s going from Australia to Scandinavia to Africa and beyond. Actually Tom seems to go everywhere on the globe for music. It’s like travelling with your ears to exotic and mysterious places every Sunday afternoon.  To embark on this listening odyssey just click the link.


Yes, you can listen and blog or surf the world wide web at the same time.

No login required. Join the ear dance.  Enjoy the incomparable Tom’s feast to the fullest.

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