from Rumi

Today, like every other day, we wake up empty and frightened. Don't open the door to the study and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument.
Let the beauty we love be what we do... ~ Rumi

THE PRICE - Patty Ann Smith (click here)

song THE PRICE written by Bill Johns

Bill Johns, a passionate songwriter who also served 20 years in the United States Air Force, gave me the honor of singing and recording his song THE PRICE. He was at an Air Base in the middle east in 2004 when he wrote this song inspired by a personal experience he had. In Bill's words, "Our aircraft supported operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The base was the biggest hub for the US, British and Australian everything coming and going came through there." Here are a few of Bill's powerful lines in THE PRICE:

The year may have changed but it’s oil still the game
and plain to see who’s getting’ paid
They send him everywhere never knowing when or where
or if he’ll see his family again
In an unarmored hummvee when the roadside IED
rips him from this world
Yea he knew the story
knew his blood they call glory
it’s his life they sacrifice
yea this man he paid the price

Bill Johns's dream is to perform his songs at peace benefits and charity fundraisers. He wants to spend the rest of his life (peacefully and non-violently) working for peace, the environment and any other social programs or issues.

The Willie Nelson Peace Research Institute Website

Tonight....CNN....9pm updates from Anderson Cooper and others....Regarding our "Planet in Peril"....Be There with me, Aloha ~ Patty:)

"In the beginning, our original faith was in nature, because we had a natural relationship with the earth. Now, our personal and planetary recovery depends on getting back to basics and renewing that relationship with the earth." ~ Patty Ann Smith
Hope 4 America
"A giant leap in consciousness"

Al Gore Wins Nobel Prize for "Peace"

OSLO, Norway (AP)—Former Vice President Al Gore and the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change jointly won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize Friday for their efforts to spread awareness of man-made climate change and to lay the foundations for fighting it.
In his statement today, Gore said: "I am deeply honored to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. This award is even more meaningful because I have the honor of sharing it with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change--the world's pre-eminent scientific body devoted to improving our understanding of the climate crisis--a group whose members have worked tirelessly and selflessly for many years. We face a true planetary emergency. The climate crisis is not a political issue, it is a moral and spiritual challenge to all of humanity. It is also our greatest opportunity to lift global consciousness to a higher level. "

"I am a very proud member of the Alliance for Climate Protection . We cannot have a Live Earth without Peace. Wars are not ecologically-friendly and are crimes against the earth and humanity. War must stop being part of human life .... if we truly want to save the earth and ourselves." ~ Patty Ann Smith
Imagine Peace

The biggest online peace event.On October 9th 2007, John Lennon's birthday.IMAGINE PEACE as Yoko Ono unveils the IMAGINE PEACE TOWER.

Dennis Kucinich about the Imagine Peace Tower

Kern River Plateau

Ashok Khosla has "photographed 379 American bird species in the wild, mostly in California." His photographs have been published by: American Bird Conservancy, National Audubon Society, American Birding Association, Wildilfe Rescue...and many more magazines and organizations.
It is an enjoyable experience to visit his website and see so many of his wonderful pictures of all kinds of birds. You'd have to come back several times to see them all. But since birds represent "the soaring of our spirits" :) ~ You might want to bookmark it!:)
and, Be there!:)

Pacific Biodiesel

"Renewable fuel for a cleaner tomorrow!"