1) Soul-Sight by Archibald Macleish

Like moon-dark, like brown water you escape,

O laughing mouth, O sweet uplifted lips.

Within the peering brain old ghosts take shape;

You flame and wither as the white foam slips,

Back from the broken wave: sometimes a start,

A gesture of the hands, a way you own

Of bending that smooth hand above your heart,-

Then these are vanished, then the dream gone.

Oh, you are too much mine and flesh of me

To seal upon the brain, who in the blood

Are so intense a pluse, so swift a flood

Of beauty, such unceasing instancy.

Dear unimagined brow, unvisioned face,

All beauty has become your dwelling place.

2) From Christian Science Monitor slide show –

Priests and believers hold a religious service, before swimming in Markovacko Lake to retrieve a cross, during Epiphany celebrations in Mladenovac, about 37 miles from Belgrade, Serbia. The retrieval of a cross is a traditional event that marks Orthodox Epiphany, which, according to the Gregorian calendar, falls on January 19

A Hindu holy man stands in the backdrop of a tent during the annual Magh Mela festival at Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges and Yamuna, in Allahabad, India. Hundreds of thousands of Hindu pilgrims take dips in the rivers, some hoping to wash away sins and others to secure a fine spouse during the month-long festival.


A baby is baptized during a mass baptism ceremony in Tbilisi, Georgia. More than 500 children were baptized by the Georgian Orthodox church during the 15th mass baptism ceremony at the country’s main Holy Trinity cathedral.

Devotees gather around the Living Goddess Kumari while she is being brought back to her residence at the Kumari temple from Taleju Temple after taking part in the Changunarayan Jatra festival in Kathmandu, Nepal.

A boy from the cattle herding Mundari tribe stands in a settlement near Terekeka, Central Equatoria state, south Sudan. South Sudanese voted overwhelmingly to declare independence from the north in a referendum, according to officials in seven out of the region’s ten states polled by Reuters.

3) Home cooking for your pets?

Do you think feeding your dog(s) or cat(s) homemade healthy food, similar to what your family eats, is better for their health than processed pet food? Would you prepare homemade food for your family dog and cat?

From a New York Times article – http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/19/dining/19pets.html

“We know processed foods are wrong for us,” Ms. Laino said, scratching behind Orion’s ears as he licked his nose and paws clean. “It has to be wrong for them. If you can feed yourself healthily and your children, then you can feed your pets healthily, too. It really isn’t that hard.”

According to many veterinarians and pet food producers, it can, in fact, be quite hard to formulate an animal’s diet at home. But Ms. Laino, the students in her workshop and others say they have reasons for taking on the challenge. Many of them say they made the switch out of desperation after their animals had lingering illnesses that resisted medicine and other remedies. With home-cooked meals, they say, those health problems cleared up.

But they also say it’s hard to justify dumping a can of mystery meat for Bo while the rest of the family is sitting down to grass-fed osso buco with a side of biodynamic polenta. As people eat more sustainable seasonal produce and meat raised and butchered outside the industrial system, so do their pets. And as do-it-yourself hobbies like canning, gardening and raising backyard chickens have taken off in recent years, grinding 40 pounds of pet food starts to look like another fun weekend project.”