Friday, June 20, 2008

Sent to Jakob Dylan's MySpace _ _ _ "Release of Jakob Dylan Solo Work" ...

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Jun 20, 2008 6:40 AM

Subject: Release of Jakob Dylan Solo Work ...



... yeah, so, yesterday i bought the Jakob Dylan Solo Work at Starbucks when i was getting my tripple espresso over ice (that's how i drink it in the hot summer) and in my blue / black Volvo V70 wagon i popped that sucker in and have listened to it about eight (8) times now in a row = beginning to end = and i dig it. i do dig it.

congratulations on a beautiful piece of work that is deep and dark w/ shawdows of the valleys but also light that's brilliantly radiant in abundance = in short, this piece of work is so aesthetically pleasing to me and makes me feel good w/ a sense of harmonic calm ... it delivers me in teh sweet arms of nostalgia - spending summers on Hilton Head Island and my Tiffany Babjak (now Tiffany White and living in Athens, GA) ...

I'll also be in L.A. on July 15th ... my good friends Rusted Root will be playing the HOB that nite ... L.A. will be blessed that nite, for sure ...

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John French
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--- On Tue, 6/17/08, John French .. wrote:

The Living Theatre: Art, Exile, and Outrage by John Tytell Page 13

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Caribbean Monk Seal Gone Extinct From Human Causes, NOAA Confirms

ScienceDaily (Jun. 9, 2008) — After a five year review, NOAA’s Fisheries Service has determined that the Caribbean monk seal, which has not been seen for more than 50 years, has gone extinct — the first type of seal to go extinct from human causes.
Monk seals became easy targets for hunters while resting, birthing, or nursing their pups on the beach. Overhunting by humans led to these seals’ demise, according to NOAA biologists.
The last confirmed sighting of the seal was in 1952 in the Caribbean Sea at Seranilla Bank, between Jamaica and the Yucat√°n Peninsula. This was the only subtropical seal native to the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico.
"Humans left the Caribbean monk seal population unsustainable after overhunting them in the wild," said Kyle Baker, biologist for NOAA’s Fisheries Service southeast region. "Unfortunately, this lead to their demise and labels the species as the only seal to go extinct from human causes."
Caribbean monk seals were listed as endangered on March 11, 1967, under the Endangered Species Preservation Act, and relisted under the Endangered Species Act on April 10, 1979. Since then, several efforts have been made to investigate unconfirmed reports of the species in or near the Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, southern Bahamas, and Greater Antilles. These expeditions only confirmed sightings of other seal types, such as stray arctic seals.
Five-year status reviews are a requirement of the Endangered Species Act to ensure that the status of a species listed as threatened or endangered remains accurate and has not changed, for better or worse. The most recent review began in 2003.
NOAA’s Fisheries Service plans to publish a proposed rule in the Federal Register, seeking public comment to permanently remove Caribbean monk seals from the Endangered Species List. Species are removed from this list when their populations are no longer threatened or endangered, or when they are declared extinct.
“Worldwide, populations of the two remaining monk seal species are declining,” said Baker. “We hope we’ve learned from the extinction of Caribbean monk seals, and can provide stronger protection for their Hawaiian and Mediterranean relatives.”
Hawaiian and Mediterranean monk seals are endangered and at risk of extinction with populations dipping below 1,200 and 500 individuals, respectively.
NOAA’s Fisheries Service is responsible for protecting the Hawaiian monk seal. That population is declining at a rate of about four percent per year, and NOAA biologists predict the population could fall below 1,000 animals in the next three to four years, placing the Hawaiian monk seal among the world’s most endangered marine species. Unlike the Caribbean monk seal, Hawaiian monk seals face different survival challenges, such as lack of food sources for young seals, entanglement in marine debris, predation by sharks, and loss of haul-out and pupping beaches due to erosion.
“The Hawaiian monk seal is a treasure to preserve for future generations,” said Bud Antonelis, biologist for NOAA’s Fisheries Service Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center. “NOAA’s Fisheries Service has developed a monk seal recovery plan, but we need continued support from organizations and the public if we are to have a chance at saving it from extinction. Time is running out.”
Other species of marine mammals that have gone extinct in modern times include the Atlantic gray whale (1700s or 1800s) and stellar sea cow (late 1700s), presumably due to overhunting by whalers. Exploitation of Caribbean monk seals began during the same time period.
Caribbean monk seals were first discovered during Columbus’s second voyage in 1494, when eight seals were killed for meat. Following European colonization from the 1700s to 1900s, the seals were exploited intensively for their blubber, and to a lesser extent for food, scientific study and zoological collection. Blubber was processed into oil and used for lubrication, coating the bottom of boats, and as lamp and cooking oil. Seal skins were sought to make trunk linings, articles of clothing, straps and bags.
Scientists are unsure about exactly when Caribbean monk seals went extinct. Although there have been no confirmed sightings since 1952, it is conceivable that undetected seals persisted for a short period thereafter. The seals lived 20 to 30 years, so experts believe that some adults possibly lived into the 1960s or 1970s.
Adapted from materials provided by National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

From Our Friends "the French" ... ... ... ...

So, not only am I celebrating an anniversary w/ my wife of 11 years! Yes, we were married in Bodega Bay, California on a cliff w/ the Pacific crashing and the wind blowing and the Sun setting and Moon rising on June 18, 1997.

But there is another special romantic anniversary that I am celebrating:

The Statue of Liberty Arrived in New York Harbor June 19, 1885 These toes belong to a famous American lady, but she wasn't born in America. The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York Harbor on June 19, 1885, as a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States. Sculptor Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi's Liberty Enlightening the World stands 305 feet high and has come to symbolize freedom and democracy nationwide. Miss Liberty is made of copper sheets assembled on a framework of steel supports. How did the enormous statue emigrate to America?

The Statue of Liberty Arrived in New York Harbor June 19, 1885 In order to transport the statue to America, the figure was disassembled into 350 pieces and packed in 214 crates. Four months later, it was reassembled on Bedloe's Island (renamed Liberty Island in 1956). On October 28, 1886, President Grover Cleveland dedicated the Statue of Liberty before thousands of spectators. But millions more would meet "Lady Liberty" in a different way.

The Statue of Liberty Arrived in New York Harbor June 19, 1885 The nearby Ellis Island Immigration Station, a major reception point for immigrants entering the United States, opened in 1892. Before the station closed in 1943, the Statue of Liberty welcomed more than 12 million immigrants to America. On its pedestal, words by poet Emma Lazarus reflect the hope for freedom and opportunity shared by the millions who see Miss Liberty after a long ocean journey:
Give me your tired, your poor,Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me.

What kinds of things do you think the Statue of Liberty inspired? How about music?

Best of the Roses,
John French

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

The Living Theatre: Art, Exile, and Outrage by John Tytell Page 13

"For the most part, Julian felt constrained, smothered by the decorous propriety of Yale and the stuffy weight of its past. Julian wrote a drama column for the Yale Daily News in the spring of 1943. He was reading voraciously, less to satisfy course requirements than his own curiosity. Wallace Fowlie, one of the few professors he admired, had once shared a flat with the poet W.H. Auden and told Julian that Auden only read what would assist him in writing his poetry, a fact that if emulated could not have helped Julian very much as a student."

From the Book "The Living Theatre: Art, Exile, and Outrage" by John Tytell Page 13

As I noted that I just completed page 12 and was a little more than half way down 13 and I already counted the use of "every day" three times --- sitting in the leather Manhattan chair in the office reading this book I felt this uncanny notion that this was exactly what I was supposed to be doing at this time and place and that allot of my reading, thinking, writing, conversations of "my path" led me and prepared me for this.

Consequently, when I read the name "Wallace Fowlie" it truly and sincerely made me organically smile both inside and out with an ethereal glow.

I recalled a precise part of the conversation I had with Wallace Fowlie the first time I visited with him in Chapel Hill, N.C. while he was enjoying his status of James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of French and Italian Literature and also used by Duke University as an expert psychoanalyst --- Wallace Fowlie emphatically stated to me that there were no coincidences --- That's why I was there --- That's why we became friends.

Wallace Fowlie was working on a book up until the time of his death on this very thing he had asserted to me and was quietly preparing for the world of serious literature: "no coincidences." During our first conversation and while he conveyed this notion to me he used a story to demonstrate his point about his first meeting with John F. Kennedy when they were boys by a pond in Massachusetts.

Best of the Roses,
John French
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Paramahansa Yogananda's Self-Realization Fellowship International Headquarters Building at the Mother Center

Long ago, while I was traveling in Kashmir, I saw this building in a vision. Years later, when I came to Los Angeles and saw this place, I recognized it as the building in my vision, and knew that God intended it to be ours.
—Paramahansa Yogananda, speaking of the Self-Realization Fellowship International Headquarters Building at the Mother Center

May 2008

Dear Friends,

We have some important news to share with you about a major new undertaking — an extensive preservation project to protect our International Headquarters Building on Mt. Washington in Los Angeles. Because this project may affect the plans of many of you over the next few years, we wanted to let you know about it now — and especially to ask the prayers and positive thoughts of all of you as we begin.

An icon of the worldwide spiritual work founded by Paramahansa Yogananda, this structure is regarded as among the most sacred places on earth by followers of the great Guru — who lived, worked, and communed with God here for more than 25 years, and who disseminated from this building the liberating science of Kriya Yoga to all parts of the globe. Because of its long association with the work of Self-Realization Fellowship and its world-renowned founder, the building was officially designated a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument by the city in 2006.
The four-story building was originally constructed about 100 years ago. Despite continuous loving care over the decades — with the Guru's own hands in the early years, and continued by the close disciples to whom he entrusted his material and spiritual legacy — the building requires major "retrofitting" of its foundation and support structure to preserve it intact for future generations. (Situated in an active earthquake zone, the building has sustained structural damage from repeated earthquake shocks over its nearly 100-year span.)

At the request of SRF President Sri Daya Mata, a team of senior monastics and dedicated professional lay members has been working on the planning, funding, and execution of this far-reaching and very expensive undertaking. Additionally, one of the most respected firms specializing in renovation of historic buildings in southern California, Pfeiffer Partners Architects, has been retained to oversee the project. Among their recent accomplishments are the renovation of the famous Griffith Observatory and the Los Angeles Central Library.

We hope that the actual structural work on the International Headquarters Building will begin sometime in 2009. Before it can even start, however, a host of related issues must be addressed. For example: Since the building must be completely vacated for about two years during the retrofitting, additional housing must be acquired for the monastics who reside there. The many offices and departments in the building also have to be relocated — some permanently. This will require a significant expansion of office space at our Publications Center at the foot of Mt. Washington, which, in turn, has necessitated moving the shipping and warehouse operations currently at the Publications Center to a new facility nearby. Because the International Headquarters Building is the very hub of our worldwide work, having it closed for so many months is indeed complex! When all is said and done, there will be few areas in SRF that are not affected by this project in some way.

In giving the go-ahead for this long-hoped-for project, Sri Daya Mata and the other senior disciples on our Board of Directors wanted to be certain that we could assure all of you that the spiritual services you expect from Guruji's society will continue uninterruptedly. In particular:
All mailings of the SRF Lessons, magazines, and other materials will go out as usual.

Convocation will be held as usual during the project. However, the Mother Center Pilgrimage for 2009 Convocation may need to be cancelled. Should this be the case, we will let you know in advance.

Arrangements are being made so that throughout the project, our monks and nuns at the Mother Center will be able to continue to provide the same level of individual care and spiritual counseling to all who call or write to us — and the personal attention given to all requests for prayers for healing and divine help will go on as usual.

Mother Center support and guidance for our meditation groups worldwide will continue as normal.

For the many of you from around the world who visit the Mother Center especially to meditate where our Guru lived and to absorb the blessings of pilgrimage, we look forward to welcoming you with special love and friendship at the other shrines blessed by his physical presence — Encinitas, Lake Shrine, and the temples at Hollywood and San Diego — during the time the Mother Center grounds are closed.

Further details, including estimated costs and schedule, are now being finalized and will be announced this summer. As the project begins, Sri Daya Mata has expressed the following message to Self-Realization Fellowship members and friends worldwide:

"My dear ones, I know that Master's sacred ashram on Mt. Washington holds a beloved place in your hearts as it does in mine. Looking back on a blessed lifetime spent seeking and serving God here, my heart is filled with joy and gratitude that we now have the opportunity to preserve this shrine for all of you — and for the millions whose lives will be transformed in future generations by the blessings flowing from this Mother Center of our Guru's divine dispensation. I ask each of you to join me in praying for the complete success of this vital project, which is so very dear to my heart."

In divine friendship,


Mother Center

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Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Father's Day, Everybody... and Sunday ... and Everyday ...

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