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Monthly Archives: August 2009

Santa Fe Door 10, originally uploaded by carlmc.

The blooms on the flowers are wilted from the hot Texas sun, but still they shine in the photos, in the painting, in the heart. Look closely and you’ll see what I mean.

Santa Fe Door 9, originally uploaded by carlmc.

Our dreams drink coffee with us as they put their arms around our children. They laugh with us at our poor falling-down selves and as we put ourselves back together once again at the table.

–“Perhaps the World Ends Here” from The Woman Who Fell From the Sky by Joy Harjo

Santa Fe Door 8, originally uploaded by carlmc.

Come on in, have a seat.

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Santa Fe Door 7, originally uploaded by carlmc.

“Rituals are transformational, and are often a window into the soul of a culture.” –Abraham Verghese

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Santa Fe Door 6, originally uploaded by carlmc.

Those of us fortunate enough to have a door, must pass through going to or from somewhere. They are all different, we are all different, what we believe or do not believe, does not matter. We must all pass through the doors of our lives as we see best, as our conscience/faith/morals leads us regardless of what we call it.

I found the following quote in David Dark’s newest book The Sacredness of Questioning Everything

“Every man should embrace those [dogmas] that he, being the best judge of himself, feels will do most to strengthen him in love of justice.” –Baruch Spinoza

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My friend Don Busby has a foundation supporting the fight against ALS here in central Texas and Austin. They have an upcoming event Flavors of the Town 2009

flavorsofthetown-org Picture 1THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17

Help raise awareness & funds to support the fight against ALS/Lou Gehrig’s Disease

My friend Shelton is organizing a pub crawl this Saturday to raise awareness around human trafficking issues here in Austin. Here’s a snippet from the site:


Show up and help distribute coasters that tell the story of modern day slavery into bars, coffee shops and cafes in Austin.

This will be the first a several events in Austin and across the state.  Please join us at BookPeople, 3rd Floor, on Saturday, August 8. At 4:00pm.  Here’s the plan, we want you and your friends to come and enjoy an evening out, stopping at several different places over a few hours.  Well…with one small difference, you will be asking establishments owners or managers to “host” the coaster campaign.  “Host” just means the bar, coffee shop or café will take the coasters and put them out for patrons to use and read.  We will have sign up sheets for you to take down the information of establishments you visit.  On August 8th we will gather up at 4:00pm on the 3rd floor at BookPeople (6th & Lamar) get instructions on which establishments in which parts of town to hit and be sent out.

If you”d like to find out more, here is more info at What’s Your Response?

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Life Magazine Photo Gallery of Hiroshima and Nakasaki

Boston Globe Photo Essay

I forget to be grateful most of the time, and I hardly ever recognize that fact…I’m spoiled. Today, I turned on HBO and caught most of the new documentary WHITE LIGHT/BLACK RAIN: THE DESTRUCTION OF HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI.

Today, I can truly say from the depths of my soul, I am grateful for the life I have. And, even though I’ll get criticized I also feel I must apologize to the people of Japan for the horror my country reaped during that awful week of war. May we never forget, may we never repeat…

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Ridgway Colorado Road to Telluride, originally uploaded by carlmc.

Here’s another shot on the road winding up to Telluride, Colorado. The newly cut hay, which you could almost smell, left the brightly colored greens along the fields.

santa fe door 5 finalSometimes the best discoveries are purely accidental. We found this courtyard in the back of one of the studios on Canyon Road. It was almost surreal with the colors and the peacefulness of the space.