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Arabesques and Beautiful Lines

I stayed up late last night to email politicians who favor a bill that would greatly dificultar the voting process in the U.S. Those were necessary lines, but I couldn't call them beautiful . . . beautiful as an Arabesque pose held just right by a ballerina, beautiful as the lines formed by the algebraic patterns that result in Arabesques found in art and architecture. Most recently, I have found many a beautiful line in yet another form of Arabesque, the international literary journal, Arabesques Review, now in its second year of publication.

Founded and published by Amari Hamadene, Arabesques Review is both a print and online journal. You can access the journal online and can also order a copyof the print journal. I highly recommend ordering the print journal. It's an aesthetic pleasure: its back cover as beautiful as the front, highly readable type treatment, and a perfect size.

The latest issue's theme is "War and Poetry." The variety of contributions from…

Falta hacer unas preguntas importantes.

Hoy se debaten la "despenalización del aborto" en México. Pero existen unas preguntas importantísimas que, por lo menos en las noticias de esta mañana, no se hicieron. Hubo un debate en Canal 2 en Primero Noticias, bien hecho, pero también mal hecho. ¿Por qué mal hecho? Porque fueron dos hombres que realizaron el debate. Cada voz oficial citada esta mañana en estas noticias era voz de varón. La única citación en las noticias de una mujer con voz "oficial" fue la de una diputada que se quejó sobre la llegada a México de un representante oficial del "país" vaticano para registrar la desaprobación de esta "nación" sobre los trámites legislativos ocurriéndose en México. Tiene razón ella, esto es asunto de México y para los mexicanos y no hace falta que el Vaticano enviara representación gubernmental . . . . como si la iglesia católica no tuviera amplia representación en México.

Pregunta 1: ¿Por qué no fueron mujeres las personas que participar…

Take Time for Beauty

Just published: my piece on Art Appreciation for Private Clubs magazine, featuring art dealers Joyce Robins, Karan Ruhlen, Charlotte and Lorran Meares, and Bryan Roughton. Click here to read the article.

Follow these links to the great websites for these top-notch galleries. Each one is a real treat:

News by Number

3,205 American soldiers killed in Iraq

134 British soldiers killed in Iraq

24,042 American military seriously wounded in Iraq

54 American soldiers committed suicide between 03 and 05.

100,000+ Iraquis killed

2,000,000 Iraquis now live in Syria and Jordan as refugees.

2,000,000 Iraquis are homeless.

50% of all Iraquis have a family member who has been killed or wounded.

5,500 American soldiers have deserted while serving in Iraq.

22,000 American military have deserted since the beginning of the Iraq war.

95 Journalists killed in Iraq

543 Soliders killed in Afghanistan, representing 15 countries, including 373 US dead, 52 UK dead, and 20 Spanish dead.

$505 billion: US tax dollars spent and approved for spending on Iraq war.

3500 War protesters marched in Chicago last week.

44 War protesters arrested on Wall Street last week for "disturbing the peace."

27% Approval rating for President Bush in Newsweek's latest poll. The lowest approval rating for a president in the hi…

The Time of Our Lives

Tomorrow, the weatherman tells us, will be another perfect spring day just like today. The Bradford pear trees are in bloom, the breeze is gentle, the redbuds are sprouting, the sky is a gentle blue. But tomorrow, our perfect spring day will be cut short by one hour.

The US Congress has moved the start of Daylight Savings Time up by three weeks. Tonight we set our clocks ahead by one hour, acting as though we mechanically minded humans could control real time. Why? Who knows? There was no public information given even to let us know this was being considered.

I can still remember the first Daylight Savings Time weekend. My fellow Sunday School students and I stood in the foyer of the First Methodist Church in a small Texas town, talking about this remarkable event. Lawmakers were changing the time. It was to save energy, we were told. Our parents shook their heads, but did not question it. We grew used to DST, those extra long summer days, those dark spring mornings that should have b…