Lê Vĩnh Tài | poetry is apologetic (88) — SONGNGUTAITRAM

Lê Vĩnh Tài, the Vietnamese poet and translator, born 1966 in Buon Ma Thuot, Daklak, Vietnam. The retired doctor is still a resident of the Western Highlands, an acclaimed businessman in Buon Ma Thuot. — Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm, the poet and translator, born 1971 in Phu Nhuan, Saigon, Vietnam. The pharmacist currently lives and works in Western Sydney, Australia.

Lê Vĩnh Tài | poetry is apologetic (88) — SONGNGUTAITRAM

Eso es la vida, parece…

Santiago Galicia Rojon Serrallonga

SANTIAGO GALICIA ROJON SERRALLONGA

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Eso es la vida, parece, ciclos que inician y períodos que terminan, amaneceres que alumbran y tardes o anocheceres que cobijan. Son pedazos de tiempo que, una mañana o una noche, al mediodía o en la madrugada, se desvanecen y se llevan trozos de nosotros, con fragmentos de las historias que protagonizamos y que reprimimos, las cargas y las ligerezas que portamos a una hora y a otra, con sus motivos y sus imprevistos, sus rumores y sus silencios, sus razones y sus delirios. Eso es la vida, entiendo, un sueño y una realidad, una cordura y, a la vez, una locura, que suelen vestirse de formalidad o, simplemente, desprovistos de solemnidad. Eso es la vida, creo, un lapso de tiempo, con sus minutos y sus años que no voltean atrás para evitar apegos y romances, afectos y hospedajes…

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The Value of Money!

Inhale Peace; Exhale Love. Joy will Follow! - RUELHA

Do you know the value of money? To some, it could be plenty To some, it could'nt have any! Money comes; money goes Today it's there; tomorrow, who knows! You may ride the wave, or with the wind it blows! Even with our currency It's relative, the value of a rupee On a trip abroad, you ought to stop converting maybe! So, we've established, money is not stable It can be earned, can be lost, like a turntable Hence, you cannot depend on it; it's not reliable! Making money is not my top priority Although, I really relish my retail therapy I place a premium on doing work that makes me happy Some people say, money is not important But, unless you have excess, it's not redundant Empty wallets could lead to a dire consequence Only when you've tasted your version of luxury Fot it, you may stop being so…

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LAFD Shortens New Recruit Training To 14 Weeks As It Braces For Terminations Over Vax Mandate | LAist

The L.A. City Fire Department is considered one of the premier fire agencies in the country. Its previous 22 weeks of training was among the longest in the nation.

At 14 weeks, it comes closer to the length of time other departments spend training new recruits.

The L.A. County Fire Department and the Orange County Fire Authority train for 16 weeks, and the San Diego City Fire Department training lasts 18 weeks.

The minimum amount of training for state certification as a firefighter is 8.6 weeks.

Source: LAFD Shortens New Recruit Training To 14 Weeks As It Braces For Terminations Over Vax Mandate | LAist

New Year 2022

LANDBACK Friends

I’m concerned to see little progress toward solutions for the myriad of problems we face. Especially with accelerating environmental chaos. We’re paralyzed in the face of so many complex problems. Disheartened because nothing makes progress.

I contend that is because, as Albert Einstein said, “we cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”

I am proposing we implement new ways to approach our justice work. And will ask our peace and social concerns committee to explore how to change our work from a committee structure to a Mutual Aid group. I’m interested to see how faith can be part of Mutual Aid.

This year’s Peace and Social Concerns Committee Report from my Quaker yearly meeting is included below. And this is a link to An Epistle to Friends Regarding Community, Mutual Aid and LANDBACK.

This diagram lists problems and solutions. LANDBACK, Abolition of…

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