Monthly Archives: October 2008

Festival au Desert


I had to post this one after seeing it again. Six buddies got together and spontaneously headed to Mali-and ultimately The Sahara Desert- for one of the most unique events in the world.

The Festival au Desert 

Those 6 guys just happened to be, Chris Blackwell of Island Records; troubadour Jimmy Buffett; former MTV Chairman Tom Freston; Kino Bachellier, a West Indies doctor; MTV exec Bill Flanagan; and Jonathan Brandstein, an L.A. manager of comedians and self described world-music nut.

And this concert is made for “world-music nuts”



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Obama One Week To Go

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The Alchemist


“The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho, is an amazing book. So simple yet so profound, it is always life-changing to those who read it. Here are some quotes from the book that have touched many…


It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting. (p11)

What’s the world’s greatest lie? It’s this: that at a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. (p18)

And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it. (p23)

When someone makes a decision, he is really diving into a strong current that will carry him to places he had never dreamed of when he first made the decision. (p71)

Intuition is really a sudden immersion of the soul into the universal current of life. (p77)

When you want something with all your heart, that’s when you are closest to the Soul of the World. It’s always a positive force. (p82)

I don’t live in either my past or my future. I’m interested only in the present. If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man. Life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we’re living now. (p88/89)

All you have to do is contemplate a simple grain of sand, and you will see in it all the marvels of creation. Listen to your heart. It knows all things, because it came from the Soul of the World, and it will one day return there. (p134)

People are afraid to pursue their most important dreams, because they feel that they don’t deserve them, or that they’ll be unable to achieve them. (p136)

Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.



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God’s Reputation


So the McCain/Palin ticket finally decided to slow down the visceral rhetoric that they were spewing this past week. This crossing-the-line hate-mongering without evidence has incited midwest crowds to boiling points reminiscent of 20th century lynch mobs.

It was inexcuseable.

Claiming Barack Obama’s “association” with William Ayers is “tip-of-the-iceberg” evidence is so ludicrous as to be insulting to rational thinking Americans.

As Obama frequently points out, he was eight years old when Ayers helped found the Weather Underground and has repeatedly condemned the terrorist actions committed by Ayers and his fellow Weathermen.

Obama and Ayers were members of the boards on the Woods Fund of Chicago, and the Annenberg Foundation. These boards, especially the Annenberg include GOP members. Where is the outrage about them?

Ayers contributed $200 to Obama’s re-election fund to the Illinois State Senate in April 2001. They lived within a few blocks of each other in the Hyde Park section of Chicago.

Is that the smoking gun? Two hundred bucks, the continuously mentioned “meet & greet” at Ayers house, and the location, location, location.

Chicago Mayor Richard Daley called Ayers “a valued member of the Chicago community,” and that city gave Ayers its Citizen of the Year award in 1997 for his work on the Annenberg project.

But let’s take a look at who we might really be afraid of. How about a “mainstream”, “Christian” church pastor who yesterday gave the invocation before a McCain rally with these nuggets, straight from The Crusades…

Ladies & Gentlemen I give you the Rev. Arnold Conrad, past pastor of the Grace Evangelical Free Church…..

“I would also pray, Lord, that your reputation is involved in all that happens between now and November, because there are millions of people around this world praying to their god — whether it’s Hindu, Buddha, Allah — that his opponent wins, for a variety of reasons,” Conrad said.

“And Lord, I pray that you would guard your own reputation, because they’re going to think that their god is bigger than you, if that happens. So I pray that you will step forward and honor your own name with all that happens between now and Election Day”.  



Did he call out his god vs. other gods?


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