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Lê Vĩnh Tài | EOU – 37. you see the beauty of a young woman in the crude hands of a man

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By Lê Vĩnh Tài, translation by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2022/mar/16/ukraine-russia-war-latest-zelenskiy-says-peace-talks-are-more-realistic-three-eu-leaders-vow-support-on-kyiv-visit-live 

The mayor of the city of Melitopol, who has just returned from being kidnapped by the Russians: “These are my first words after 6 days of detention. I would like to thank all the people of Melitopol, who did not fear arrest, interrogation, torture, defended their views, protested, fought. We are free people, we will protect our rights. I believe that, in the near future, the Ukrainian flag will fly again on the city’s flagpole.”

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you see the beauty of a young woman

in the crude hands

of a man

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he’s like a ghost turning up just before the sunset

you could feel the echo of a fragile

ancient beauty 

of a hundred years

of destruction

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temples, stupas

not just poets but churches

glorious against the sky

like the temples of retribution

throughout our cities

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R.I.P Thích Nhất Hạnh

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by Đinh Trường Chinh
kính tiễn Thích Nhất Hạnh trở về với quê hương đích thực. tin ông ra đi trong một ngày tuyết lạnh nơi tôi ở, mút phía bên kia địa cầu…
thank you so much for your words of wisdom.
“The seed of suffering in you may be strong, but don’t wait until you have no more suffering before allowing yourself to be happy.
Suffering is not enough. Life is both dreadful and wonderful…How can I smile when I am filled with so much sorrow? It is natural–you need to smile to your sorrow because you are more than your sorrow
Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free …
To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be…

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“They Call Me Mr. Tibbs” — R.I.P. Sidney Poitier

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It was less than a week ago that I shed a tear over the death of the beloved Betty White, and today I shed yet another upon reading of the death of another Hollywood icon, one who broke the colour barrier on the ‘big screen’, Sidney Poitier.  Mr. Poitier was 94 … not quite as old as Betty White who died just a few days short of her 100th birthday, but like White, he had a long and meaningful career … he made a difference.  How many of us can say that?

Sidney Poitier (r) with Nelson Mandela

A bit about Mr. Poitier’s start in life from today’s Washington Post

Sidney Poitier was born on Feb. 20, 1927, in Miami, where his parents were on a visit to sell tomatoes they had grown on their farm in the Bahamas. The family soon returned home, to the desperate poverty…

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1 January 1945

Pacific Paratrooper

5th Air Force strafing Clark Air Field, 1945

Ringing in the new year 1945 with fireworks had a far different meaning in the Pacific and CBI Theaters than we’re used to. It began with ______

In the Philippines – bombings of Clark Field on Luzon and Sasa on the island of Mindanao. Wasile Bay enemy bivouac areas felt the bombardments from overhead B-24’s and B-25’s. Manila saw the fighter-bombers as shipyards and other airfields and ammunition dumps were blown. US Air Force planes sank the Japanese ship No. 7,Taiko Maruand No. 3,Taiwan Maru, off Masinloc, P.I.

Philippine Islands

Also in the Philippines – the USSStingraydelivered 35 tons of supplies to Filipino forces on the north coast of Tawi Tawi. HMSStaesmansank four small Japanese vessels with gunfire northeast of Sumatra.

In the Netherland East Indies – the IJNKyyokku Maruwas sunk by…

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Wondering Wednesdays, Do Better, Chapter 7, section II: D map for the early years, 4/4

Inspiring Critical Thinking and Community via Books, Lessons, and Story

This post is the start of the rough draft of  Chapter 7, section II, part D, for my non-fiction WiP Do Better, fka Baby Floors, fka Baby Acres.   This section will complete the early years of mapping out a path to get there for Phase I, with our Public Domain Social Infrastructure.

Putting a floor on poverty so that each and every baby born can have a safe childhood.

Outlines for some of chapter 7 will be at the bottom of this post (JYP!).

Once again, by way of disclaimer, the overall goal is now to explain why we need both equ. + justice, & why in 4 phases.  This chapter is part of showing what Phases I-IV could look like as potential roadmap for a fully inclusive society for all of us.  This vision is laid out in the hope that All HumanKind  will eventually have each person’s

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Wondering Wednesdays, Baby Floors, Chapter 7, section II: C map for the early years, 3/4

Inspiring Critical Thinking and Community via Books, Lessons, and Story

This post is the start of the rough draft of  Chapter 7, section II, part C, for my non-fiction WiP, Baby Floors.  

Putting a floor on poverty so that each and every baby born can have a safe childhood.

Outlines for some of chapter 7 will be at the bottom of this post (JYP!).

Once again, by way of disclaimer, the overall goal is now to explain why we need both equ. + justice, & why in 4 phases.  This chapter is part of showing what Phases I-IV could look like as potential roadmap for a fully inclusive society for all of us.  This vision is laid out in the hope that All HumanKind  will eventually have each person’s basic needs  met, without taking anything from anyone, and without violence, intimidation, nor coercion of any kind. 

(Chapter 7, section II. B.  was last week) :

II. C.

 

II…

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Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm | DUTCH COURAGE – thơ siêu quậy của đệ tử lưu linh (161)

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By Nguyễn Thị Phương, Trâm, translation by Lê Vĩnh Tài

thơ siêu quậy của đệ tử lưu linh

bạn cần chút bản lãnh để ra khỏi nhà
hòa vào thế giới những kẻ tinh hoa

với sự táo bạo và sắc đẹp
bạn xoa vội một lớp kem nền
vẽ lông mày thêm vài nét
với một chút son môi

bạn cần can đảm để đối mặt với chính mình
tự nhìn vào gương soi tìm những sai lầm
cả những tội lỗi đang thấm qua từng lỗ chân lông bạn

ai biết?

vì thế tôi uống một ngụm can đảm
và say hơn mong đợi
ở ngay ngưỡng cửa của đời mình
một dịch giả tài hoa và kiêu ngạo…


DUTCH COURAGE

It takes bravery to leave the house
Enter a world of elitist
The bold and the beautiful

Throwing on a layer of foundation
To the eyebrows draws…

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Y sin darnos cuenta

Santiago Galicia Rojon Serrallonga

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Y sin darnos cuenta, noviembre entró a la casa, entre rachas de viento otoñal en el norte y colores primaverales en el sur. No tocó a la puerta ni solicitó permiso. Simplemente, entró. Anticipa la vejez del año, la proximidad de su hora postrera, como el médico que anuncia a los parientes la impostergable agonía de un anciano. Y sin darnos cuenta, los días, en el calendario, se desprendieron irremediablemente, como un otoño arranca las hojas secas. Y sin darnos cuenta, atrás quedaron otros meses y estaciones, con algo de nosotros, con rasgos de nuestras vidas. Todo fue sepultado en nuestra biografía, en la memoria, en los dulces o amargos recuerdos, en la amorosa u odiosa desmemoria. Y sin darnos cuenta, el año se consume, anticipa y promueve su final, mientras el otro, en tanto, prepara su venida. Todo…

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Wondering Wednesdays, Do More (was Baby Floors), Chapter 6 Introduction: How to get there from here

Inspiring Critical Thinking and Community via Books, Lessons, and Story

This post begins the rough draft of  Chapter 6 for my non-fiction WiP, Baby Floors/Baby Acres, now working titled Do More.    This chapter and those that follow put a roadmap in place for getting to where every child born could have at least a little studio apartment (I’ve even stayed in converted tiny hotel rooms that had been advertised as apartments, and thus learned never to rent sight unseen, even if it seems legit and  you are desperate), as small as a hotel room with a hot plate, fridge, and microwave.

Putting a floor on poverty so that each and every baby born can have a safe childhood.

Since this is a short post (only 200 words or so), I’m putting all of the chapter 6 rough draft outlines below, since each chapter, past and future, ties back in to this chapter, via the high level…

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