1) Pictures

a. Costumes

We can follow the time-line of flamboyant costumes from Liberace to Elton John to Lady GaGa. They could all take a cue from the plumage we see at Carnival:

Naomi Cabrera Pulido, wearing a creation called “A hundred years of history” by Spanish designer Leo Martinez, reacts after being crowned queen in the annual carnival queen election gala at Santa Cruz de Tenerife, on the Spanish Canary Island of Tenerife, March 2, 2011. (REUTERS/Santiago Ferrero)

Dancers from the Uniao da Ilha samba school ride a float during Carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro Monday night. Rodrigo Abd/AP

b. International Women’s Day

Hyderabad, India: Activists from the National Federation of Indian Women take part in a torch-lit rally on the eve of International Women’s Day (Photograph: Mahesh Kumar A/AP)

Islamabad, Pakaistani Asia Rani washes her laundry in pool of water in a brick factory. Pakistan is among countries marking International Women’s Day, billed as a day to celebrate women’s economic, political and social achievements and also to spotlight the plight of poor women. (Photo by Nathalie Bardou / Associated Press)

2) Words – Crossings by Revi Shanker

Between forest and field, a threshold
like stepping from a cathedral into the street—
the quality of air alters, an eclipse lifts,

boundlessness opens, earth itself retextured
into weeds where woods once were.
Even planes of motion shift from vertical

navigation to horizontal quiescence:
there’s a standing invitation to lie back
as sky’s unpredictable theater proceeds.

Suspended in this ephemeral moment
after leaving a forest, before entering
a field, the nature of reality is revealed.

3) If you had to pick one spokesperson for your faith, besides someone such as Jesus, Mohammed, or Siddhārtha Gautama, who would it be?

As an Atheist my choice is easy – Carl Sagan

Carl Sagan talks about “the gods.” This clip is from Carl Sagan’s Cosmos episode 10, “The Edge of Forever.”